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What Should I Take to Lower My Triglycerides?

By    |   Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 11:48 AM

Question: I have high triglycerides and I'm trying to decide between Vascepa and Lovaza. Tell me: Which one is better?
 
Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
This is an excellent question. The studies on fish oil paint a very positive picture for Lovaza. It is generally recognized that EPA and DHA are favored in combination for preventing heart problems.
 
Vascepa does not contain DHA, but it does lower LDL cholesterol. Lovaza contains DHA but does not directly lower LDL. Lovaza is a dietary supplement that has been purified, and Vascepa is totally synthetic. Vascepa is used to treat very high triglyceride levels and to optimize cardiac and vascular health in at- risk people. It is a prescription drug derived from omega-3 fatty acids (EPA) that has been shown to prevent fatty liver disease, boost heart health by lowering inflammation, and preventing major coronary problems, angina, and heart attacks. It also has some antidepressant and anti-psychotic properties as well. And it will also lower LDL ;levels
 
Lovaza is a federally regulated purified fish oil. Each capsule has 38 percent DHA, 47 percent EPA, and other fish oils. It is used to boost cardiovascular health, and will reduce elevated triglyceride levels. Its use has also been recommended to reduce the incidence of recurrent cardiac bypass procedures. There is no risk of contamination by mercury, arsenic, or other pollutants often found in other fish oil products.
 
Most doctors favor Lovaza, but Vascepa has some real advantages that may make it a preferred agent for some people. The jury is still out on which is the best agent. Both are excellent choices. I do tend to favor the natural agent, and DHA with EPA are probably an important combination for prevention purposes.

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The studies on fish oil paint a very positive picture for Lovaza, but Vascepa has some advantages, too.
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