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Lack of Omega-3s May Increase Risk of Heart Problems

While previous studies have shown that the omega-3 fatty-acids found in fish may improve heart health, it has been largely assumed that this effect was only in more mature adults. However, a recent study from researchers at Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, Denmark, shows that not consuming omega-3s is correlated with poor heart health even in younger women.

The findings were published online ahead of print on December 5, 2011, in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.

The data set from this study came from a Danish nationwide population based pregnancy cohort, which included about 49,000 women between the ages of 15 and 49 with a median age of around 30 in the beginning stages of pregnancy.

The women were either issued a food frequency questionnaire or questioned on the phone about how often they ate fish, what kinds of fish they ate, and lifestyle and family medical history questions. In the eight-year follow up period, 577 cardiovascular events were recorded, including 5 in women with no prior history of the disease.

Through three different assessments over 30 weeks, the researchers found that women who never ate fish were three times more likely to suffer a cardiovascular event than women who ate fish every week. Those who ate fish most often had a 90% lower risk of CVD than those who ate little or no fish.

A number of previous studies have shown the importance of fish consumption. the importance of fish consumption. However, this is one of the first studies showing that it's essential not just for mature adults, but also those who are younger.

Most studies have linked the positive health benefits of fish to their omega-3 fatty-acid content. Omega-3 fatty-acids have been associated with benefits ranging from improved heart health, better moods, improved joint mobility, and aiding your immune system.

If you don’t like the taste of fish or are concerned about the mercury levels that can be found in some fish, try adding a high quality supplement to your daily routine. Make sure, however, that your supplement has been tested for potency and purity.

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