Can Omega-3 Supplements
Help Reduce Your Risk of
Sudden Cardiac Death and
Coronary Heart Disease?
Are Omega-3 Supplements For Me?
Omega-3 supplements are not for everyone. Many people have completely thrown caution to the wind when it comes to heart health. Perhaps you are not like that. Maybe you are like me and some of my friends.
We try to eat well and generally take care of ourselves. But we want to make absolutely sure that we are doing everything we can to have optimal heart health.
Some of us struggle from time to time to keep our cholesterol and triglycerides where they should be. We know coronary heart disease is a real threat. We want to be healthy – not only for ourselves – but for our loved ones as well.
Issues like these make us wonder if omega-3 supplements should be a part of our optimal heart health routine.
So we ask the question…
Why Should I Take Omega-3 Supplements?
Omega-3 has been the subject of innumerable studies. It has been shown to have positive health effects at every level.
Omega-3 fatty acids are the building blocks for every living cell of the human body. They are, therefore, necessary for our cells to function properly.
But here we are concerned with the heart of the matter… our heart health… our optimal heart health. So let’s look briefly at the heart of the matter.
Many studies indicate that omega-3 supplementation works to…
- lower total serum cholesterol
- raise HDL – the good cholesterol
- lower VLDL – linked to the production of LDL
- inhibit high blood pressure
- inhibit thromboxane2 and monocytes – both connected to heart attacks and CHD related deaths
- dramatically lower triglycerides
- reduce the stickiness of blood platelets – potentially reducing clotting
- inhibit atherosclerosis – plaque buildup in the arteries
What do all of these have in common? They are all linked to the development of coronary heart disease (CHD) and other heart conditions leading to hundreds of thousands of coronary related deaths per year.
How About an Example of the Research Involving Omega-3 Supplements?
The Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial involved 22 clinical centers and nearly 13,000 men believed to be at high risk for heart disease. The study lasted for 10 ½ years. It showed that the men who ingested at least 664 mg of omega-3 per day demonstrated…
- 50% lower risk for heart disease
- 45% lower risk for coronary heart disease
- 27% lower risk of death from all causes
Simply put, this trial – and many like it – suggests that people who consume an adequate supply of omega-3 have a significantly lower risk for heart disease and death
than people who do not consume much omega-3.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recognizes this. That is why the AHA recommends fish oil supplements – containing the strongest forms of omega-3 (EPA and DHA) – for people with coronary heart disease or high triglycerides.
So What Does This Mean To Me?
It means that unless you are consuming cold-water fatty fish every day you may be getting an inadequate supply of omega-3. It further implies that you may be at higher risk for coronary heart disease than you would be if you were getting a healthy intake of omega-3.
What Do I Look For In A Good Omega-3 Supplement?
It Should Be Sourced From the Ocean
Studies have demonstrated that ALA – the type of omega-3 in flax seed – is beneficial for heart health. However, studies have also shown that EPA and DHA – the omega-3s found in fish oils – have a much stronger effect in the fight against heart disease.
Therefore, unless you have an aversion to fish, you should probably choose an omega-3 supplement that is derived primarily from cold-water fatty fish. That way you can be confident that you are getting the most potent formula possible. You can be confident you are doing everything for your heart health and for those who love you.
It Should Come From a Trusted Source
You want to be guaranteed that you are getting everything you are paying for. You want to know that everything on the label is actually in the supplement. You also want to know that everything is naturally sourced while the highest quality standards are being observed.
It is also important that you are not getting anything that is not on the label. Fish can contain contaminants such as mercury. That is why we hear warnings about eating too much fish.
Quality really counts here. The strictest standards of purity must be in place to guarantee that you and I are not consuming anything harmful.
Omega-3 supplements are a great way to get all the omega-3 we need without the worry of contaminants.
So after doing the research you have decided that taking high quality omega-3 supplements would be a good investment in your heart health.
But which is the best investment?
Actually a number of questions should come to mind. Questions such as…
- Which companies make the highest quality supplements?
- How do we know we are getting what we are paying for?
- Do all brands of vitamins work equally well?
- What should we look for is choosing a supplement brand?
- How are the best vitamins made?
- Who is on the cutting edge of research?
Here are a few more questions that arise when considering those above. Questions that should be asked before choosing any supplement. Questions that can’t be answered on a label.
- From where do the source materials for the supplements come?
- How are these source materials produced and handled?
- Do the supplements contain a rich source of phytonutrients?
- How well will the supplements be absorbed and used by the body?
- Have the source materials been exposed to pollutants?
- Is the supplement company a leader in research?
- Where can I purchase the highest quality supplements?
These questions – and others like them – are of extreme importance when considering which supplements to take. We are making an investment in ourselves, and those who love us, when we choose to add dietary supplements to our other heart health efforts. But do we know which is the best investment?
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What Should You Do?
Take a top quality Omega-3 supplement… not just a fish oil supplement. You don't want just any fish oil. You don't want metal pollutants.
You want Omega-3 (EPA and DHA).
This is what the American Heart Association recommends.
Trust a company that is well known for its commitment to research. One that is also well known for producing the highest quality supplements available.
You don't want to worry about consuming poisons like lead and mercury. Ocean pollutants pose a serious health risk. Metals like mercury and lead are concentrated in many fish species throughout the world. Don't put yourself at risk.
You can get all the marine sourced Omega-3 you need without damaging your health from poisons. You can feel good about protecting your heart and your health without any risk from pollutants.
Try to get the recommended 2:1 ratio of EPA and DHA
without other fish oils you don't want. Filler fish oils can upset your stomach and keep you running to the bathroom. Get only the EPA and DHA your heart needs without the fillers in so many brands.
Try to buy from a company that removes the fishy taste. You don't want to taste fish oil all day. You don't want to smell fish on your breath either.
Invest In Yourself
For the price of a soda you can get 1.8 grams of pure EPA and DHA in a 2:1 ratio. And it's a much better investment.
That really is a small investment in something as important as heart health.
Having a healthy heart is a commitment… an investment. Begin today making healthy habits. Stay away from those things that you know are bad for your health. And take only high quality supplements.
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