We’ve told you a lot of good news about omega-3 fatty acids over the years, but this new study kind of sums it all up where your heart is concerned.
Researchers closely examined numerous controlled trials that covered over 71,000 people, finding that having enough of this essential fatty acid in your diet can reduce your risk of dying from practically every type of heart killer out there.
This study should provide all the proof you need that omega-3s can protect your heart better than anything Big Pharma sends down the pike!
And it only leaves one question: Are you getting enough?
All gain, no risk
A killer heart attack? Deadly arrhythmia? Death from heart failure?
Your chances of suffering one of those fatal heart conditions can be substantially slashed if you have enough omega-3s in your diet — it’s that simple!
This new research, just published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology, found that supplementing with omega-3s is basically all gain and no risk. As lead author Dr. Kevin Maki put it: “Because of the low risk for adverse effects, even a modest benefit is clinically meaningful.”
But this was far from a “modest” benefit!
The researchers found that those with risk factors for heart disease who took more than a gram of two omega-3s in particular — EPA and DHA — lowered their risk of cardiac death by a whopping 30 percent.
Even lower doses proved beneficial, with an average decreased risk of dying from heart disease close to 10 percent. And if your cholesterol is high, you get even more protection — a 17 percent reduction in becoming just another heart-disease statistic.
And as I told you back in March, even the staid, drug-loving American Heart Association can’t ignore the heart benefits of omega-3s any longer.
The group is now recommending that doctors use omega-3 fatty acids for their patients with heart failure, especially those with an “ejection fraction” (the ability of the heart to pump blood) below 40 percent.
For those with heart disease, the group recommends one gram (or 1,000 mg) a day of a supplement that contains both EPA and DHA (both of which you may find in fish oil — but check the label).
But even if your heart is healthy now, there’s no reason not to get your fair share of omega-3s.
On top of the fact that quality fish-oil supplements are easy to find and relatively inexpensive, there are plenty of food sources to choose from.
- fatty fish (which includes wild salmon, sardines, and trout)
- chia seeds (which have even more than salmon)
- grass-fed beef (the nutritional content of which is far superior to conventional beef), and
- cold-pressed flaxseed oil.
And for the icing on the cake, omega-3s have been found in study after study to protect a lot more than your heart.
How about protecting your brain from toxic substances? That’s what your blood-brain barrier does, and omega-3s keep it intact.
Or maybe you’re worried about dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? Well, omega-3s have been found to shine there, too!
Brain scans done on nearly 200 volunteers found better brain-blood flow in those with excellent blood levels of omega-3s. These people also scored higher on tests related to memory, attention, and their ability to solve problems.
And that’s not all.
Other research has found these compounds can nip RA in the bud, prevent diabetes-related blindness, and lower inflammation by boosting immune cells’ ability to “clean house.” That last discovery is leading to further research in how omega-3s may help those with MS.
As amazing as these findings are, they just might be the tip of the iceberg where these truly essential fatty acids are concerned.
So make it a priority to get your share every day!
“Consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3s reduces cardiac death risk, study shows” News Medical Life Sciences, August 23, 2017, news-medical.net