Almost all of us are aware of the nutritional wonders Omega-3 fatty acids can make! One of the biggest benefits of consuming a healthy amount of omega-3 fatty acids is that it reduces the risk of death due to cardiac disorders.
Similarly, a recent study shows that Omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce the risks of heart diseases. All that a healthy body needs is a healthy diet and perhaps some good quality supplementation to fill in any kind of nutritional gaps deteriorating its general wellbeing.
The respective study was published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology. It shows that Omega-3 fatty acids can keep the risks of heart diseases and cardiac deaths at bay!
The study links compounds like EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) to an overall reduction in the risks. It reports an eight percent decrease in the risks of cardiac disorders after the use of Omega-3 fatty acid supplements. Whereas, the statin drugs which are widely promoted as a “cure all” for heart disease can only reduce the absolute risk of heart attack by a dismal one percent.
Nearly two-thirds of all cardiovascular deaths in the United States are represented by cardiac death. It claims the lives of over 405,000 people each year. Calculating the Eight percent of that number, we get 32,400. This means that around 32,400 lives can be potentially saved, just with adequate nutrition.
Moreover, the eight percent is just an average figure. The researchers say that people who consume more than one gram of omega-3 fatty acids every day have a far more pronounced effect on their heart health. It can bring a 30 percent drop in cardiac death rates.
In addition, Natural Health-365 reports,
“People with elevated levels of LDL cholesterol or triglycerides report an even higher reduction in the risks, around 17 percent. This validates the hypothesis that “DHA and EPA omega 3s are likely the most functional for alleviating cardiac death in those at higher risk.”
According to the American Heart Association, healthy people should, at least, acquire 250 to 500 mg of EPA and DHA every day. However, patients diagnosed with heart diseases are encouraged to increase that amount up to one gram.
This respective study or research also verifies the fact that one gram of EPA and DHA is enough to bring forth the substantial benefits. Dr. Kevin Maki, Chief Scientist for Midwest Biomedical Research’s Center for Metabolic and Cardiovascular Health, was the lead author of the study. He commented and stated that the results of the study align with the conclusions in the recent Science Advisory from the American Heart Association. This means that EPA and DHA omega-3 treatment reasonably accounts for the secondary prevention of coronary heart diseases and sudden cardiac deaths.
He further highlighted the notable feature of EPA and DHA omega-3 supplementation that is the low risk associated with its use. Because of the little risk for adverse effects, even a mild benefit is clinically important. According to the sources, the amounts of three to five grams of omega-3 fats, used in the patients, are reported with no adverse effects.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also popular for other health benefits as well. These may include,
- Better brain function
- Supporting healthy joints
- Boosting mood
- Promoting healthier skin and hair
Research even links these fats to help slow down the process of aging.