AVOID Your Heart Attack
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
As you already know, omega-3 fatty acids have been studied extensively in regards to their reported health benefits related to heart health, eye health, brain health, and countless other reported health benefits.
Due to the overwhelming research and positive health benefits, this is one reason why they are one of the most widely used supplements for improving numerous health conditions.
Here are some of the positive health benefits that have been shown through research, on everything from improving vascular health to overall heart health.
Vascular Health and Endothelial Function
Recently, a study published in Atherosclerosis reported benefits of omega-3 fatty acids on endothelial function, which could lead to improvements in heart health.
The endothelium, the inner lining of your cells, when it is dysfunctional releases harmful substances that alter the balance of dilation and constriction, therefore increasing your risk for heart disease.
The health of your vascular system, specifically your endothelium, has been associated with an increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease.
However, according to this meta-analysis, a dose ranging from .45 g/day to 4.5 g/day significantly improved the health of the endothelium by improving flow-mediated dilation.
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Heart Failure Risk
Heart failure, which is a chronic, long-term condition that affects the functioning of your heart, is reported to affect many people worldwide.
It is a condition that may be caused by two different factors: the heart is unable to pump blood very well due to weakness, and the other involves a stiffening of your heart muscles, making it harder for the chambers to fill with blood.
Again, omega-3 fatty acids have been associated with improvements in heart failure risk.
The meta-analysis study looked at 7 different studies assessing over 176,000 participants that showed over 5,600 cases of heart failure.
They showed that when taking the omega-3 fatty acid, EPA, it was associated with a 5 percent decrease in heart failure risk.
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Atrial fibrillation, which is a condition that affects nearly 226 million people worldwide, can lead to serious and deadly consequences.
This common arrhythmia could have a two- to four-fold increase in your risk for having a stroke or other complications.
Research has shown a positive relationship between omega-3 fatty acids and a reduced risk for atrial fibrillation.
According to a recent study involving over 3,000 older men and women, they discovered that people with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to develop atrial fibrillation compared to the lowest intake.
They also showed that higher DHA levels alone resulted in a lower risk for atrial fibrillation development.
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Sudden Cardiac Death
More and more young athletes are dying while playing sports from unknown, but natural, cardiac events.
Some have to do with abnormalities in the heart, specifically the left ventricle, while others have to do with atheroma, which causes the heart to go into ventricular fibrillation, which may lead to death.
However, a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, shows that omega-3 fatty acids were associated with a reduced risk for Sudden Cardiac death.
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Positive Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
These are just some of the positive studies that have been released in regards to the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.
They have not only been shown beneficial in heart health, but also in brain, eye, hearing, and even weight loss.
If you have questions regarding your use of omega-3 fatty acids, please watch this short video by Dr. Bryan Walsh, who talks about the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and why you should continue to use them to improve not only heart health, but general, overall health.
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