Higher Omega-3 Intake Linked With Lower Incidence Of Heart Disease
Japanese people consume on average nearly 100 grams of fish daily. Americans tend to consume between 7 and 13 grams per day, which is equivalent to approximately one serving per week. A recent study found that higher omega-3 consumption may significantly lower the risk of artery calcification and heart disease.
Participants in the study included approximately 300 men who were followed for five years. During this time, lifestyle factors that affect cardiovascular health (such as cigarette smoking, cholesterol levels, alcohol consumption, diabetes, and high blood pressure) were tracked.
The researchers found that the American men had more than three times the incidence of coronary artery calcification compared to the Japanese men, even after adjusting for other heart disease risk factors.
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print in the Journal Heart on December 18, 2013.
Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including alleviating arthritis pain, better moods, improved joint mobility, helping with age related macular degeneration, and aiding your immune system.
Because omega-3 fatty-acids are not found naturally in the human body, it is especially important to make sure that they are a part of your daily diet. Oily, dark fish such as tuna and salmon are high in omega-3s.