Polyunsaturated fatty acids
Polyunsaturated fats can help lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol. Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance that can cause clogged or blocked arteries (blood vessels). Having low LDL cholesterol reduces your risk for heart disease.
Polyunsaturated fats include omega-3 and omega-6 fats. These are essential fatty acids that the body needs for brain function and cell growth. Our bodies DO NOT make essential fatty acids, so you can only get them from food.
Omega-3 fatty acids are good for your heart in several ways. They help:
• Reduce triglycerides, a type of fat in your blood
• Reduce the risk of developing an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
• Slow the buildup of plaque in your arteries
• Slightly lower your blood pressure
Omega-6 fatty acids may help:
• Control your blood sugar
• Reduce your risk for diabetes
• Lower your blood pressure