Omega-3 Fatty Acids can benefits both those who are in good health and those at risk of cardiovascular (heart) disease.
Research has shown that Omega-3 fatty acids have several health benefits, particularly for heart health. Omega-3s can be obtained by eating foods that contain them naturally or by taking supplements. Learn more about Omega-3s and how they can benefit you:
Benefits of Omega-3s
Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA, have several benefits including:
- Lowering triglycerides (certain type of fat in the blood)
- Lowering the risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat/ rhythm)
- Slowing the buildup of plaque in the arteries (which can lead to blockages)
- Reducing inflammation
- Lowering blood pressure
Where Can I Find Omega-3s?
Fish is a wonderful source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Fatty fish such as salmon, herring and tuna contain the highest amount of Omega-3s. Be sure to cook your fish using a low-fat cooking method such as baking or grilling and choose low-fat, low-sodium seasonings. Some types of fish may contain high levels of mercury, and can be dangerous when consumed often. To learn more about the different types of fish and their levels of Omega-3s and mercury, take a look at this chart from the American Heart Association. Increasing your Omega-3 consumption through foods is preferable, but for those with heart disease, you may want to talk to your doctor about the benefit of a dietary supplement, such as fish oil caplets.
If you would like more information on the health benefits of Omega-3s and fish oil, here are some resources we recommend:
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