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What's the Importance of Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Heart Health?
A growing number of experts agree that omega-3 fatty acids affect almost every body system.
We all know that our heart is a muscle and needs exercise for optimal health. And we know the importance of a healthy diet for heart health. But do you know how essential omega-3 fatty acids are for your heart?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that omega-3 fatty acids affect almost every body system and numerous health conditions. Some of the interest in omega-3s is traced back to observations that Greenland Inuit people (who have a high diet in fish oils) have lower serum cholesterol, triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) than might be expected.
How to get your omega-3s
The Harvard Medical School Guide, Understanding Inflammation, suggests a few specific foods that provide healthy doses of omega-3 fatty acids, which have long been shown to reduce inflammation:
- Olive oil
- Flaxseed oil
- Fatty fish (salmon, sardines and mackerel)
NIH reports that evidence has been mounting over recent years for the positive effects of omega-3s for heart health, as well as other disease processes and risk factors. Here are a few of the areas positively affected by omega-3 intake:
- Cardiovascular: Perhaps the most well-known effects of omega-3s are on the cardiovascular system (CS). And dietary fish consumption and fish oil supplementation have been studied on coronary artery disease (CAD), arrhythmias, heart failure, and hypertension.
- Ophthalmological: Dietary intake of omega 3s may benefit age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and dry eye syndrome. In fact, several studies have shown a decreased risk of AMD when people ate fish two or more times per week. And people with dry eye syndrome (DES) are linked to a decreased dietary intake of omega-3s or a high ratio of dietary omega-6.
And people with dry eye syndrome (DES) are linked to a decreased dietary intake of omega-3s or a high ratio of dietary omega-6.
- Other Body Systems: Additionally, there are even more health conditions and body systems affected by dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids to include neurological and psychological, dermatological (skin conditions), and arthritis and joint health.
Add omega-3s to your diet today!
If you would like to add an extra measure to ensure you get the omega-3 fatty acids your body needs, please consider our Omega3 Prime supplement. You can also stack up on VitaPoints!
You can read the full article from the National Institutes of Health by clicking here.