To lower cholesterol, there are a few excellent non-prescription items to use. One of the best is omega 3 fatty acids — this is naturally found in fatty fish and also in flax oil. Great! So I can get the omega 3 from the non-stinky flax, yes? Unfortunately, it seems you cannot. Recent research shows that the flax seed omega 3 does not have the same cholesterol lowering properties as fish oil. Too bad, I stocked up on flax at my last Costco run! By the way, whichever supplements you use, you need at least 1 gram a day of the omega 3 part — check your bottles. Also, it’s always best to get it naturally — by eating fatty fish at least once a week. That includes salmon, mackerel and sardines.