Omega-3s are like little doses of magic for your body, calming inflammation wherever they go. But they've also got another trick: When you get enough of them, omega-3s can help bring down your triglycerides. That's important because when your levels of this blood fat exceed 150 mg/dL, your arteries may develop a fatty buildup, upping your risk for heart attack and stroke.
Don't get us wrong: Your body needs some triglycerides to burn for energy. The key is finding that healthy balance. The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which you can get from food, supplements, and medication if necessary, can help get you there.