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Seal Oil Can Reduce Cholesterol

---by Yan Jun Xu, Winnipeg, Canada


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one killer in the modern world . An Increase in the blood level of the bad cholesterol (LDL) is considered to be a major cause of CVD as it contributes to atherosclerosis and hardness of blood vessels . It has been estimated that lowering blood LDL to a normal range would reduce CAD by one third .

Early observations by a group of Danish doctors reported that the low incidence of CVD in Inuit people living in Greenland was related to seal meat in their diet . Experimental and clinical research has demonstrated that seal oil can reduce LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, increase good cholesterol (HDL), prevent platelet activation, a major cause of thrombosis, as well as reduce blood viscosity and inflammation . Recent studies have found that seal oil contains high amount of Omega-3 poly unsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) . Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) is often overlooked as a component of long-chain Omega-3 PUFAs .This is primarily because most Omega-3 studies have been conducted with fish or fish oil that contain only small amounts of DPA . Fewer studies have been done using seal oil with its much higher content of DPA . DPA works with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid to provide benefits . DPA is said to be ten times more effective than EPA in healing damaged blood vessels .

A recent review article (1) suggests that oxidative stress and inflammatory processes play important roles in the development of atherosclerosis . Oxidized LDL can easily penetrate the wall of blood vessels, attract macrophages and platelets and evoke an inflammatory response . Oxidized LDL is formed by the reaction of free radicals and LDL . Seal oil has also been shown to be an effective anti-oxidant .

Taking 5 seal oil capsules or 15 ml/day may be recommended for individuals needing to lower their blood LDL . However, it is advised to consult a physician before taking any supplement .





1 . Adameova A, Xu Y-J, Duhamel TA, Tappia PS, Shan L, Dhalla NS . (2009) Anti-atherosclerotic molecules targeting oxidative stress and inflammation . Curr Pharm Des . 15:3094-107

World-renowned Research Centre renamed

St-Boniface Hospital honoured Winnipeg visionary and philanthropist Paul Albrechtsen by renaming its Research Centre the St-Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre. The Centre is the global headquarters of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences where our Dr. Naranjan Dhalla was the founder of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.

He was interviewed recently by the American Physiological Society's for their "Living History Program.

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3rd Harold Buchwald Lecture by Dr. Sharon Mulvagh, Mayo Clinic, Rochester


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If you missed the MANSHIELD CONSTRUCTION HEART HEALTH LUNCHEON featuring the 5th Harold Buchwald Lecture on October 3, 2013, please Click here for Dr Yusuf's extraordinary talk

Dr. Robert Roberts made a very special talk as the first Yetta and Jack Levit Distinguished Lecture. Click here to enjoy Dr. Roberts ' talk. On Nov. 2/15, Dr. John Cairns second Distinguished Lecture was extraordinary Click here for the lecture.

2nd Harold Buchwald Heart Health Lecture Sept. 29, 2009 ... an incredible talk by Dr. Jay Cohn which inspired Ivan Berkowitz to pursue a number of options which led to Dr. Duhamel's HAPPY Hearts Project. Click here to watch video

Read the latest bulletin from St. Boniface - excellent reports on IACS Fellows Drs. Menkis, Pierce and Kirshenbaum - great heart health advice!