Boost Heart Health with Omega-3s
It’s a well-known fact that omega-3 fatty acids from fish help protect your heart. Now there are two more studies to cement in that evidence. The first, conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health, is exciting because it is the first to find an association between fish consumption and heart health in women. Researchers discovered that women who ate fish just a couple of times a month had a 20% lower risk for dying from heart disease over a 16-year period than women who ate fish less often. Moreover, women who consumed fish a couple of times a week were almost 30% less likely to die of heart disease during a 16-year period. The second study, also conducted at Harvard, focused on men, omega-3 fatty acids, and death from cardiac arrest. The participants’ blood levels of two types of omega-3s, EPA and DHA, were studied. All the men in the study started out healthy with no heart problems. However, over the next 17 years, those with the highest levels of EPA and DHA (obtained from a diet that included fish) were 80% less likely to die from sudden cardiac arrest than men with the lowest levels. This is a significant finding, especially in light of the fact that 250,000 Americans die every year from sudden cardiac arrest, half of who have no prior history of heart disease. Researchers believe that the key to how omega-3 fatty acids work in the body is that they make their way from the fish that is consumed to the membranes of cells in the heart. Additionally, EPA and DHA have a stabilizing effect on the electrical impulses that control heart rhythm, which can ward off the development of abnormal rhythms that can seemingly arise out of nowhere and prove fatal if not tended to in minutes.
The American Heart Association recommends two meals of fish a week, each consisting of a serving of about 3-4 ounces. Darker-colored fish, like salmon, have more omega-3s than lighter colored species. Unfortunately, many people do not get enough servings of fish per week to make a difference in their heart health. One good way to supplement your diet with heart healthy omega-3s is to turn to GNLD Salmon Oil or Omega III Concentrate. Salmon Oil delivers omega-3 fatty acids from pure salmon oil obtained from healthy, fresh salmon. Omega III Concentrate contains omega-3 fatty acids from a mix of healthy, fresh sardines, anchovies, salmon, and herring. Both formulas deliver EPA and DHA in balanced ratios as found in nature.