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American Heart Association Releases First Ever Omega-3 Recommendations

Elevated triglyceride levels have long been associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD). The American Heart Health Association recently released it's first-ever statement on managing triglycerides.

The researchers highlighted the immediacy of the problem by recognizing the fact that 31% of Americans have borderline or high triglyceride levels and over 80 million people in the US have one or more forms of CVD.

An abundance of research has shown that omega-3's are effective for lowering triglyceride levels and the risk of CVD. As a result, the AHA has included recommendations for omega-3 fatty acid consumption in its statement on managing triglycerides.

The AHA now recommends:

1. 0.5 - 1g of Omega-3 EPA and DHA for individuals with borderline fasting triglyceride levels (150-199mg/dL)

2. 1 – 2g for individuals with high fasting triglyceride levels (200-499mg/dL)

3. 2 - 4g for individuals with very high fasting triglyceride levels (?500mg/dL).

The AHA also stressed that the majority of health benefits associated with omega-3’s are the result of supplementation with EPA and DHA. In accordance with this, the AHA states that fish, fish oil supplements and food products fortified with fish oil are the best sources of omega-3’s.

Although the benefits associated with omega-3's are most prevalent for heart health, studies have also shown that they are effective at reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration and even improving mood.

Taking a high quality supplement is a good way to increase omega-3 intake, however make sure that the supplement you choose is certified for purity and high in DHA and EPA, the two most important omega-3 fatty acids. Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and tuna are also high in omega-3?s.

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