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Probiotics vs. Fish Oil: Which Is Better to Reduce Triglycerides?

By    |   Wednesday, 09 Dec 2015 09:05 PM

Fish oil is known commonly to reduce triglycerides, but new research suggests that taking probiotics may help as well.

The presence of triglycerides indicates large consumptions of sugars and fats, especially trans-fat, according to Dr. David Williams. The result is the body storing energy into concentrations of fat, called triglycerides. They typically occur around the stomach and arms. High triglyceride levels typically indicate high risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Doctors measure triglycerides in the blood to assess heart health, The Health Moderator noted.

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Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil reduce triglycerides by decreasing production of and amounts of very low-density lipoproteins, which consist mostly of fat instead of proteins, Health Central reported.

Probiotics, “good” bacteria in the gut, are associated with improved digestion, increased immunity, and improved mental health, but recent research suggests they may help with triglycerides as well.

A 2015 study from Korea showed that individuals with moderate-to-severe hyperglyceridemia who daily took lactobacillus strains of probiotics for 12 weeks experienced a 20 percent decrease in triglyceride levels, Nutra Ingredients-USA.com reported.

The decrease negatively correlated with a 25 percent increase in apolipoprotein A-V, which moderates triglyceride levels, Science Direct noted.

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Probiotics supplementation’s lowering effect of triglycerides also demonstrated larger decreases in fatty acid primary amides, according to Science Direct.

Other research of Lactobacilli indicates that probiotics can help to reduce cholesterol-carrying esters, which attach to fatty acids, in the blood as well as reduce the amount of LDL, known as “bad” cholesterol, the American Heart Association reported.

The Huffington Post reported that while fish oil maintains the No. 1 spot in supplemental consumption, it is on the decline. Probiotics, however, experienced an increase in users, especially among men.

In terms of which supplement — fish oil or probiotics — will decrease triglycerides more, The Health Moderator said more research is needed.

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