It’s hardly a news flash: Omega-3 oil (from coldwater fish likemackerel or salmon, but more easily taken in capsules) slashesblood-fat levels, fine-tuning heart health. Now, a French studyconfirms it: When HIVers with high triglycerides (cholesterol’scompanion blood fat) took a certain brand of fish oil caps (MaxEPA),their triglycerides fell while a control group’s levels rose. BothHIVer groups (122 in all) were taking HIV med combos, and both hadtheir diets monitored before and during the study to ensure that thefishy stuff caused the fat-level changes.

Meanwhile, somePhiladelphia scientists say they’ve linked one olive-oil ingredient tocardiovascular health. Oleocanthal, found in extra-virgin olive oil,seems to have an anti-inflammatory effect like that of ibuprofen oraspirin. The researchers think it’s the anti-inflammatory action thathelps make the olive-oil-soaked Mediterranean diet so hearty. Olé!