High Cholesterol and Salmon

Persons with high cholesterol should consider adding fish such as salmon to their diet on a regular basis. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that scientists believe can reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Several studies show additional benefits from eating salmon including decreased risk of death from coronary heart disease.

Fast Facts:

  • According to the American Heart Association, healthy adults should consume two servings of omega-3 rich fish such as salmon per week.
  • Patients with coronary heart disease should eat at least one serving of salmon or other fish daily.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are not made by the body and must be obtained by eating foods rich in them or by taking omega-3 supplements.
  • Wild salmon contains less organic toxins and than farm raised salmon. Removing the skin and visible fat helps reduce contaminate levels.
  • For more tips, see our slide show on 15 cholesterol fighting foods.