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Cardiovascular Health With Fish Oil

Dec 21, 2007
Substantial and recent research undertaken to assess the benefits of fish oil indicates that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can prevent cardiovascular disease. It may certainly reduce the risks of it.

In particular, clinical studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids:

* Lower triglyceride levels.
* Lower blood pressure.
* Reduce the risk of arrhythmias which increase the risk of cardiac arrest.
* Reduce the rate at which atherosclerotic plaque grows.
* Helps to prevent thrombosis (blood clotting in blood vessels).
* Improves endothelial function which supports the growth of new blood cells.

It is significant that fish oil has been found to lower triglyceride levels since high levels of triglycerides have been found to increase the risk of heart attack.

There is also some indication that it may lower serum cholesterol levels in the human body. Research on this is at early stages however researches suggest that at this stage studies indicate that it may be able to increase good cholesterol levels (HDL) and slightly lower bad cholesterol levels (LDL) in some individuals.

Furthermore, it has been found to thin the blood which eases blood flow through the veins. Artery blockages can trigger heart attacks so regular consumption of fish oil can help prevent the clogging and sticking of blood to the artery walls.

Although omega-3 fatty acids can be obtained from sources other than fish oil, two of the most beneficial forms are only available from fish. Docosehexaenoic (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic (EPA) are long chained fatty acids which cannot be found in any other source. Consequently, fish oil has gained a lot of popular, as well as scientific, attention in recent years.

While omega-3 can be included in the diet by eating fatty fish (such as salmon) three times a week, the concerns about mercury content in fish are significant. Also, some people just don't like to eat fish. It is therefore recommended that we take omega-3 supplements. It is important to research companies to ensure the procedure they use in processing the oil is top quality to have all toxic metals and chemicals removed.

It is exciting today that we have research studies being conducted with how fish oil supplements may help people live a healthier lifestyle. The benefits of consuming fish go beyond strengthening the cardiovascular system. They include: lowering cholesterol, alleviating and reducing inflammation, improved brain function and improved eyesight. Omega-3 fatty acids have also been found to lower the risk of certain cancers as well as alleviating depression and arthritis symptoms.

Considering the enormous benefits of including fish oil in our diets and the risks of being deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, shouldn't we all ensure that we are obtaining an adequate quantity of high quality omega-3 fatty acids? Given that heart disease is the number one killer in the modern world, fish oil could be seen as a proven, protective measure that increases your chances of living a full, healthy and productive life.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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Lori Matthews studies health, nutrition and wellness. She enjoys writing articles on health for both people and pets. Please visit fish oil supplements for more information.
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