15 years ago, the American Heart Association (AHA) was reticent to recommend omega-3 fatty acids for heart patients.
But now, they’ve just released a new advisory that supports taking fish oil supplements for heart health.
Wonders never cease!
Of course, if you’ve been reading my Health eTips, you already aware of the benefits of supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids. We’ve known for quite some time how it can reduce heart attack risk by 16 per cent.
It can also REDUCE your chances of dying from heart disease by 10 percent. The AHA calls this reduction “moderate.”
Tell that to the people who stay alive thanks to those omega-3s!
If you read the statement, you can see that the AHA hasn’t completely bought into the protective benefits of omega-3s. In fact, they limit their recommendations to those already diagnosed with heart disease.
And, hedging their bets even further, they claim that while taking fish oil supplements can help with certain heart conditions (coronary blocks, a recent heart attack), there isn’t enough evidence as to the “primary prevention” of coronary heart disease, heart failure, or atrial fibrillation for them to recommend it.
Listen, no one ever claimed that omega-3s alone will keep your heart beating if you abuse it by subjecting yourself to coronary heart disease risk factors like poor diet, lack of exercise, cigarette smoking, and so on.
But if you’re looking to prevent stroke… or have had irregular heartbeats… there’s NO REASON why you SHOULDN’T bulk up on omega-3s by taking fish oil supplements!
Regardless of what the AHA has stated, there HAS, in fact, been a LOT of evidence that support omega-3 supplements for preventing heart disease.
Just because the AHA isn’t prepared to put its stamp of approval on fish supplements – YET – doesn’t mean they’re not going to help you.
There’s no sense in waiting another 15 years for them to release yet another set of recommendations that continue to tiptoe around the subject. The fact is, omega-3s can help lessen inflammation, reduce your blood pressure, and lower your triglycerides if they’re high.
And all of those are good for your heart.
But you can’t rely on fish oil alone to protect your heart entirely if you’re engaging in some behaviours that put you at high risk. Shedding those extra pounds and strengthening your heart with some gentle exercise will do a world of good in conjunction with essential fatty acids.
If you don’t love the fish oil capsules (make sure you choose a high-quality one that doesn’t taste “fishy”), you can also get your omega-3s by eating fatty fish like wild-caught salmon and mackerel, eggs (yes, eggs!), and plant sources like flax.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
AHA advisory on omega-3s effectiveness for CVD sufferers seen as win for industry, nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/AHA-advisory-on-omega-3s-effectiveness-for-CVD-sufferers-seen-as-win-for-industry
Fish oil supplements provide some benefit after heart attack, heart failure, news.heart.org/fish-oil-supplements-provide-some-benefit-after-heart-attack-heart-failure/
Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid (Fish Oil) Supplementation and the Prevention of Clinical Cardiovascular Disease, circ.ahajournals.org/content/135/15/e867