More Evidence That Fish Oil Aids Heart Health

Posted by Admin on January 27, 2011
Omega-3 fatty acids from fish or fish oil supplements not only help prevent cardiovascular diseases in healthy individuals, but also reduce the incidence of deadly cardiac events in patients with existing heart disease, according to new research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

This new study is just one of many studies that have documented the numerous health benefits of fish oil. Regular consumption of fish oil has been found to decrease the risk of atherosclerosis, arrhythmias, heart attack, sudden cardiac death and even heart failure.

Lead author of the study, Carl Lavie, said, “This isn’t just hype; we now have tremendous and compelling evidence from very large studies, some dating back 20 and 30 years, that demonstrate the protective benefits of omega-3 fish oil in multiple aspects of preventive cardiology. The strongest evidence of a cardioprotective effect of omega-3s appears in patients with established cardiovascular disease following a heart attack with up to 30 percent reduction in CV-related death.”

Based on these findings, the authors recommend that healthy individuals should consume 500 mg daily of omega-3 fish oil containing EPA and DHA, and people with known heart disease or heart failure aim for at least 800 to 1,000 mg daily.

Lavie adds, “There are clear health and heart benefits associated with increasing one’s intake of foods that are rich in Omega-3s, including oily fish like salmon, sardines, trout, herring, and oysters. Patients should talk with their doctors about whether a fish oil supplement is needed to get the right amount and, in turn, benefit from the associated cardiovascular protection.”

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