The American Heart Association reports that Omega 3 actually reduces heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke and sudden death. Scientific evidence has shown a diet rich in Omega 3 effectively helps promote:
- Superior cardiovascular system
- Superior circulatory system
- Reduction of blood platelet “stickiness”
- Healthy cholesterol levels
- Healthy triglyceride levels
- Normal heart rhythm
- Healthy brain & memory function
- Easy joint movement
- Relief from arthritis and chronic inflammation
- Fat metabolism for weight control
- Healthy insulin levels
Scientific research conducted in the 1970’s first identified certain fatty acids in fish that had remarkable healthful benefits. In 1982, a landmark study, conducted by a team of Scandinavian scientists, earned them the Nobel Prize for their discoveries of the workings of these substances.
Today, Scandinavians are a medical marvel. They have less heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke than any other nationality in the world. They have the lowest rate of infant mortality-Scandanavian infants have possibly the most advanced immune and nervous systems, along with optimum brain and eye development. They are 20 times more likely to live longer than Americans and studies show they live these extra years in fine health, experiencing the greatest measures of happiness and contentment. What’s their secret? It’s no secret. It's Omega 3!
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When it comes to fat, there’s one type you don’t want to cut back on: omega-3 fatty acids. Two crucial ones -- EPA and DHA -- are primarily found in certain fish. ALA, another omega-3 fatty acid, is found in plant sources such as nuts and seeds. Not only does your body need these fatty acids to function, but also they deliver some big health benefits.
Because essential fatty acids (ALA, DHA, EPA) are not made in the body, you need to get them from food or supplements.
How They May Help Your Health
Blood fat (triglycerides).Fish oil supplements can lower elevated triglyceride levels. Having high levels of this blood fat can put you at risk for heart disease. DHA alone has also been shown to lower triglycerides.
Rheumatoid arthritis. Fish oil supplements (EPA+DHA) can curb stiffness and joint pain. Omega-3 supplements also seem to boost the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Depression. Some researchers have found that cultures that eat foods with high levels of omega-3s have lower levels of depression. Fish oil also seems to boost the effects of antidepressants and may help the depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder.
Asthma. A diet high in omega-3s lowers inflammation, a key component in asthma. But more studies are needed to show if fish oil supplements improve lung function or cut the amount of medication a person needs to control the condition.
Should You Supplement?
- Fish oil has both EPA and DHA.
- Talk to your doctor about taking a supplement first. He or she may have specific recommendations, or warnings, depending on your health and the other medicines you take. Your doctor can also recommend the right dose.
- People with heart disease are usually advised to take 1 gram (1,000 milligrams) daily of DHA and EPA combined from fish oil.
- People with some health conditions may take doses of up to 4 grams a day -- but only under a doctor's supervision.
The most common side effects from fish oil are indigestion and gas. Getting a supplement with a coating might help.
- More studies are being done to fully understand how omega 3 fatty acids can improve our overall health and when properly taken is an essential part of a healthy diet.