Does fish oil really help reduce your risk of heart disease? Dr. Stephen Kopecky says, ‘yes.’

Fish oil is a source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for muscle function, including that of your heart. Omega-3s help reduce the risk of heart attacks, high triglycerides and high blood pressure. Dr. Kopecky says people who have high cholesterol and triglycerides over 200, and people who are vegan or don’t eat fish should consider taking omega-3 supplements.

Dr. Kopecky says taking an omega-3 supplement plus regular exercise, not smoking, getting sufficient sleep, eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day and, if you can, eating fatty fish, such as salmon or mackerel, can improve your heart health.

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