Omega-3s finally get mainstream acclaim for heart failure

Can a simple, easy-to-find supplement compete with Big Pharma’s billion-dollar new med for heart failure?

And is it possible that the totally mainstream American Heart Association (AHA) would ever recommend a supplement for patients with this condition?

The answers to those questions are yes, and an even more astonishing yes!

It appears that the benefits to be gained from omega-3s are so spectacular that even groups like the AHA can’t ignore them any longer.

And this should give you even more reasons why these essential fatty acids need to be in your diet and even added to your supplement routine right now!

An ‘AHA’ moment!

When the AHA recently published its new recommendations for omega-3s and heart disease, it looks like it pulled a fast one on its Big Pharma friends!

In its most recent announcement, issued in its journal Circulation, the group called the use of omega-3 supplements “reasonable” (that’s a big word for them!) for “secondary prevention” in patients with heart disease.

But there’s more — a lot more.

Incredibly, the group went on to state that doctors should consider using omega-3 supplements for their patients with heart failure — especially those with an ejection fraction (the amount of blood that’s pushed out of your heart when it contracts) below 40 percent.

That recommendation, the AHA said, was due to a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial — done nine years ago, no less! — which found that omega-3 supplements can “reduce heart failure-related hospitalizations and death.”

Now, that’s something I seemed to recall having heard not very long ago because it’s also the exact same claim used in the nonstop TV ads for Big Pharma’s newest blockbuster med for heart failure, Entresto. Those are the commercials that feature the song “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie.

And the patients Entresto is meant for also include those with an ejection fraction (EF) of 40 or below. Basically, these are patients in the same boat — the ones with a low EF who want to stay out of the hospital, and of course, stay alive.

So here we have a safe, inexpensive and easily available supplement that appears to be able to go head-to-head with this heavily promoted — and risky — pharmaceutical.

In fact, eAlert readers may remember that we told you about the dangers of Entresto almost two years ago — a significantly increased risk of macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s disease.

And during all those Entresto TV ads the fast-talking announcer warns us about angioedema (tissue swelling that can be life-threatening if it happens in your throat), blood pressure that falls dangerously low, kidney damage and high blood potassium, something that can cause a deadly heart rhythm.

That nine-year-old study the AHA cites is by no means the only one to prove how important omega-3 fatty acids are for your heart. Just a few months ago I told you about some new research that looked at dozens of trials involving over 800,000 people. It found that those who regularly consumed omega-3s (from food or fish oil supplements) had close to a 20 percent reduction in their overall risk of heart disease.

And that’s just one of many positive findings over the years for omega-3 fatty acids.

So, the only real question is, how can you get more of these essential fatty acids in your diet?

Food sources are one way. For example: fatty fish, including wild salmon, sardines and trout. Or, if fish isn’t your dish, try:

  • chia seeds (which have even more than salmon)
  • walnuts
  • grass-fed beef, the nutritional content of which is far superior to conventional beef, and
  • cold-pressed flaxseed oil.

Of course, a high-quality fish-oil supplement (with both EPA and DHA) is easy enough to find. Several studies, including the one mentioned by the AHA, recommend a dose of 1,000 milligrams a day.

But the bottom line is, omega-3s are another example of the remedies in Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet that have neither the high price tag nor the risky side effects of the ones Big Pharma is trying to sell us on.

“AHA: Fish oil OK after heart attack, heart failure” Kristin Jenkins, March 13, 2017, Medpage Today,