US Pharm. 2014;39(3):49-50.

Increasing the intake of fatty fish increases the number of large HDL particles, according to a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland and published in PLOS ONE. People who increased their intake of fish to a minimum of three to four weekly meals had more large HDL particles in their blood than people who do not eat fish as often. Large HDL particles are believed to protect against cardiovascular diseases.

In the study, scientists found that a higher intake of fish increased the number of large HDL particles and lipids contained in them. Population-based studies have shown that HDL cholesterol and large HDL particles are efficient in removing extra cholesterol from artery walls. Large HDL particles have been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, whereas small HDL particles may even have opposite effects.