Omacor® Deals with Triglyceride Levels to Lower Cholesterol
Extremely high levels of triglycerides in the blood, those over 500 mg/dL, set the stage for high cholesterol. In order to help lower cholesterol, drug manufacturers, Pronova Biocare and Reliant Pharmaceuticals, have developed a new type of drug called Omacor®. This prescription drug received FDA approval in the fall of 2004 and will soon be sold at pharmacies in the U.S.
The main ingredients of Omacor® are a blend of omega-3 fatty acids. Many people already take omega-3 or fish oil supplements to help combat a variety of heart diseases. The manufacturers of Omacor® claim that this purified blend is more potent and reliable than that which can be purchased over the counter. The primary omega-3 fatty acids used in this drug formula are eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexanoic acid. They work to reduce triglycerides which are the most common type of fat found in both foods and the blood stream. Excess triglycerides are stored in the body as fat cells and these excessive amounts can lead to obesity and the resulting heart diseases.
Very Low Density Lipoprotein (VLDL) is a kind of bad cholesterol that is also believed to be improved with Omacor®. Only 40 mg/dL of VLDL is needed by the body and that is produced by the liver. When there is too much, it can slow the transport of lipids (fats) in the blood and cause the arteries to become clogged.
Omacor®, like any drug, does not come without the risk of some side effects. The most commonly reported side effects include rash and raising Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which is the bad cholesterol. A diet that naturally contains omega-3 fatty acids along with other important dietary guidelines can naturally reduce triglycerides and lower cholesterol. To learn more, get The 60-Day Prescription Free Cholesterol Cure.
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