♥ Omega-3 Scientific Information ♥
EPA: A Bit of Fish Your Heart will Love
- Now there's an even better reason for your heart to fall in love with fish oil. New evidence shows that the Omega-3 fatty acid EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), exclusively found in fish oil, might protect against heart attacks and even help you survive one.
- Japanese researchers undertaking a recent study (JELIS) found a link between EPA and a decrease in heart attacks and other heart problems. EPA was also linked to lowering LDL (bad cholesterol), and improving symptoms of angina (the chest pain caused when the heart doesn't get enough blood oxygen). According to evidence from health research and clinical studies, EPA has a number of cardiovascular benefits, such as preventing blood clots, and reducing the inflammation and high triglyceride levels that contribute to heart disease.
- The Japanese study provides some of the best evidence to date that EPA, the fatty acid found only in fish oil, is a crucial component to a longer, healthier life.
A Fishy Fashion Heart Patients Should Follow
- Something's fishy about the latest Italian trend – and it's not in the clothing aisle. According to a recent New York Times article1, Italian doctors and hospitals are sending their heart attack survivors home with a cost-effective remedy that's been proven safe, and effective, and doesn't need a prescription – purified fish oil with Omega-3.
- Unfortunately, in North America, that trend has not been copied. Heart doctors, in the US and Canada, are much more apt to send patients home with pricey, and sometimes risky, prescriptions such as blood thinners and drugs that lower cholesterol or blood pressure.
- The problem is that despite volumes of evidence supporting Omega-3, as a crucial defense in the war against heart disease, Omega-3 is not endorsed by the FDA for heart health.
- The good news is that US institutions, such as the American College of Cardiology, are beginning to revise their stances in favor of Omega-3 supplementation. Recently, the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine published an article that advised of doctors' need for better awareness of Omega-3.
- Ask your doctor about the benefits of Omega-3 for heart health, today.
Omega-3 Can Help You... Lose Weight and Feel Great!
There's nothing fishy about this weight-loss story: Omega-3 purified fish oil has been shown to help overweight people lose weight – in a healthy way.
It's known that both moderate exercise and Omega-3 can, independently, make for a healthier heart and increase metabolism (calorie burning). But a recent study has found that Omega-3 and exercise work even better together.
- Fish oil is a good fat
Adding fish to your diet gives your body proven health benefits, from better brain function, to a healthier heart and blood vessels, to improved vision, and more. That's because fish contains very beneficial fats – specifically the Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.
- Weight-loss study
The results: the Omega-3 takers not only lost weight – about five pounds of body fat each – they also lowered their blood triglycerides (bad fats) and raised their HDL (good cholesterol).
- Kids benefit, too
Swedish researchers measuring the diet habits and body mass index (BMI) of 182 children discovered that kids who had higher BMIs ate far fewer unsaturated fats, especially Omega-3, than kids with normal BMIs.
- Anti-aging effect
Fish oil, combined with calorie reduction, also keeps aging in check. Research already shows that reducing calories can slow heart disease and therefore increase lifespan. A preliminary study, done on mice, has found that fish oil, in combination with a reduced calorie diet, worked better than dieting alone to slow heart disease and increase lifespan. Omega-3, plus dieting, significantly reduced blood levels of oxidants and inflammation markers - both linked to age-related disease.
Mind Your Omega-3: Fish Oil Foils Dementia and Alzheimer's
Fuzzy thinking could be a thing of the past for the elderly. Mounting evidence shows that Omega-3 from fish oil may protect against age-related brain diseases, such as dementia and Alzheimer's, by keeping older minds healthy.
- Think fish oil
Those who ate the most Omega-3, especially in the form of fish (EPA and DHA), showed the least loss in thinking ability. Researchers concluded that even moderate consumption of Omega-3 (about 400 milligrams daily of EPA plus DHA) resulted in less cognitive decline in elderly men.