Get Plenty of Omega 3
For Optimal Heart Health
Omega 3: The Subject of Many Studies
Omega 3 has become the subject of numerous health studies. In a 1988 New England Journal of Medicine clinical, Weber and Leaf discuss the medical progress doctors have made in the research of EPA and DHA.
In this discussion and several like it you can find references to numerous studies focusing on the many health benefits of omega 3. These benefits apply to such conditions as…
- heart disease
… and many other important areas of health.
Though it could prove useful to us to examine each of these areas in detail, we must content ourselves with discussions surrounding heart health issues. For now we are concerned with optimal heart health
Let’s begin, then, with a very basic introduction to the topic of fish oils and heart health.
A Few Examples
One sample study found significant reductions of triglycerides and VLDL cholesterol (very low density lipoproteins) from the use of fish oil. These findings included individuals with both normal and high blood pressure.
What is so special about fish oils?
Certain oils extracted from cold-water oily fish like salmon and tuna are rich in two omega-3 fatty acids known as EPA and DHA.
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (decosahexaenoic acid) are polyunsaturated fatty acids that, among other things, inhibit thromboxane2 and monocytes. These are substances that account for hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and coronary associated diseases each year
In addition to the benefits listed above, omega 3 has been shown effective in…
Let’s see a few of these results in a sample study
- Lowering total cholesterol
- Lowering blood pressure
- Inhibiting the production of atherogenitic lipoproteins
- Lowering triglycerides
- Reducing atherosclerosis buildup
- Reducing the risk of fatal heart attacks
The Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial was a study supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Its purpose was to investigate the effects of dietary polyunsaturated fatty acid on heart disease. The trial involved 22 clinical centers and nearly 13,000 men believed to be at high risk for heart disease over a period of 10.5 years.
The primary results demonstrated that those subjects who ingested 664 mg of Omega 3 fatty acids every day had a significant reduction in mortality.
- 50% lower risk of death from heart disease
- 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- 27% percent lower risk of death from all causes
The problem is many people ingest far too little DHA and EPA in their diets. Sixty-five percent of Americans are not getting the recommended amount of 650 mg per day and therefore could be at a higher risk for the development of heart disease and cardiovascular disease.
This page is simply a brief introduction to the heart healthy benefits of omega 3. There is plenty of detailed information on the particular benefits of fish oils and omega 3 fatty acids in this website.
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For more on the scientific research pertaining to omega 3 and particular areas of heart health please return to the main fish oils page and follow the links there. The following link will get you there.
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