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Statins Work Better At Reducing Cardiovascular Risk When Mixed With Omega-3s

May 1, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Combining the cholesterol-treating drugs known as statins with the omega-3 fatty acid EPA may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, U.S. researchers report. For the lab study, researchers used human tissue to analyze the impact of EPA and statins on the cells that line the surfaces of blood vessels. They measured the release of molecules from the endothelial cells including nitric oxide, an essential regulator of blood vessel health. They found that mixing EPA with a statin was more than 50 percent better than the statin alone in reversing endothelial damage.
R. Preston Mason et al., "Combination of statin, omega-3 fatty acid may provide cardioprotective effects", News release, study presented at the National Lipid Association Scientific Sessions, May 01, 2014, © Mason et al.
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