Thursday, September 4, 2014

Omega-3 Fats and Heart Disease

Are you confused about Omega-3 fatty acids?

There have been literally hundreds of clinical trials done in the past few years on the potential benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for (among other things) the prevention of heart disease. These have resulted in conflicting results and left consumers confused.

Scientists at the Linus Pauling Institute (Oregon State University) have sorted through many of these findings, and were able to explain why so many of the studies apparently arrived at differing conclusions.

Their conclusions:
  • Both fish consumption and consumption of dietary omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent heart disease; 
  • Certain types of fatty acids are more effective than others; 
  • These fatty acids may also mitigate serious health problems other than heart disease; and 
  • The effectiveness of modern drugs developed for heart disease may partially explanation some of the conflicting findings on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. 

“We still believe the evidence is strong that the EPA and DHA content in heart tissues and blood is important to health and to the prevention of cardiovascular disease,” Jump said. “To meet the current recommendations for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, individuals are advised to consume 200-300 milligrams of combined EPA and DHA per day.”

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