Spoonfuls of Fish Oil

By / Magazine / June 14th, 2011 / 1

We’ve all heard that consuming Omega-3 EPA and DHA leads to a healthy heart. Well, a recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that we actually need a minimum of 250 mg of Omega-3 every day. Researchers found that amount was associated with a 35 percent reduction in the risk of sudden cardiac death and a 16 percent decrease of non-fatal coronary events. So, if there’s no family history of heart attacks in your background why worry? Because Harry Rice, the co-author of the report reveals that the consuming Omega-3 fatty acids improved the health of even those individuals with no previous heart troubles. (Broken hearts excluded.)

Statistics published by the American Heart Association (AHA) show that coronary heart disease (CHD) is the single leading cause of death in America with 425,425 deaths in the United States in 2006, and 1,255,000 new and recurrent coronary attacks per year. AHA also states that about 34 percent of people that experience a coronary attack in a given year die from it.

Jon Getzinger, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited, said “The AHA estimates that in 2009 the cost of cardiovascular disease and stroke in the United States was $475.3 billion. We hope that studies like this will convince regulatory authorities world-wide that there is a need to recommend intake levels to ensure the general population understands the need for these essential nutrients, and the amounts that should be part of a daily healthy diet.

Would you include more fish on the menu each week? Perhaps most people can’t or won’t eat more fish than they already do. Whether your seafood limitations are based on your grocery budgets or taste preferences, I don’t think we need to force ourselves to eat more seafood than we prefer to. Check out the variety of Fish Oil supplements on the market, and ask your doctor’s advice about which brand and concentration would be best for you.


Rosemary Mantini has always loved words. When she isn't working as the Associate Editor at Tidings Magazine, she's helping others achieve their writing dreams, and sometimes she even relaxes with a good book and a glass of wine.

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