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Omega Fats for Optimal Heart Health

Friday December 14, 2018
Omega Fats for Optimal Heart Health

Poor dietary habits and sedentary lifestyles may reflect the significant rise in disease, where 7 million people in the UK are living with a cardiovascular condition (1).  In conjunction with a healthy balanced diet and moderate exercise regimen, If you are concerned about the health of your heart, consuming an omega-3-rich oil can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, according to a large body of evidence (2).  

Omega-3 fatty acids, naturally found in oily fish, are a type of unsaturated fatty acid that can lower inflammation in the body to reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce ‘bad cholesterol’ levels (LDL) by increasing cholesterol-clearing HDL in the body (2). In a large trial conducted on almost 20,000 participants, omega-3 supplementation by 1800mg per day for 5 years reduced LDL by 25% and coronary events by 18%.  

 

 Image: Omega-3 fatty acids can be derived from oily fish

 

Due to its anti-inflammatory action, omega-3 can also reduce the risk of blood clots and high blood pressure. In an analysis of 25 studies, omega-3 fat consumption was associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart diseases (3).  

Overall, consuming healthy omega fats are key for maintaining a healthy heart. If you do not consume enough omega-3 rich food sources, top up with a high-quality fish oil for daily support. For personalised advice, visit your local health store for additional nutritional support.

Author: Salma Dawood is a Technical Advisor at Viridian Nutrition. She holds a BSc honours degree in Human Nutrition.

References:  

1) British Heart Foundation UK Factsheet (2018) 


2) Yokoyama M, Origasa H, Matsuzaki M (2007) Effects of eicosapentaenoic acid on major coronary events in hypercholesterolaemic patients (JELIS): a randomised open-label, blinded endpoint analysis. Lancet. 2007 Mar 31;369(9567):1090-8. 


3) Harris WS, Poston WC, Haddock CK (2007) Tissue n-3 and n-6 fatty acids and risk for coronary heart disease events. Atherosclerosis. 2007 Jul;193(1):1-10. Epub 2007 May 15 

 

The information contained in this article is not intended to treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a health practitioner. Please consult a qualified health practitioner if you have a pre-existing health condition or are currently taking medication. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet.

 

TAGS: Nutrition News and ViewsCardiovascular health, Cardio

 

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