It’s hardly a news flash: Omega-3 oil (from coldwater fish like
mackerel or salmon, but more easily taken in capsules) slashes
blood-fat levels, fine-tuning heart health. Now, a French study
confirms it: When HIVers with high triglycerides (cholesterol’s
companion blood fat) took a certain brand of fish oil caps (MaxEPA),
their triglycerides fell while a control group’s levels rose. Both
HIVer groups (122 in all) were taking HIV med combos, and both had
their diets monitored before and during the study to ensure that the
fishy stuff caused the fat-level changes.
Philadelphia scientists say they’ve linked one olive-oil ingredient to
cardiovascular health. Oleocanthal, found in extra-virgin olive oil,
seems to have an anti-inflammatory effect like that of ibuprofen or
aspirin. The researchers think it’s the anti-inflammatory action that
helps make the olive-oil-soaked Mediterranean diet so hearty. Olé!