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Large Study Shows Omega-3 Benefits for Women

One of the largest studies on the association between fatty fish and omega-3 intake and heart health recently found that women can significantly reduce their risk of heart failure by eating more fatty fish.

The study was conducted by researchers from Harvard University and published in the March 2010 issue of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The researchers analyzed data on over 35,000 women between 48 and 83 years of age who participated in the Swedish Mammography Cohort Study. The dietary intake of the participants was measured using a 96-item food-frequency questionnaire.

Over the course of the 18 year study the researchers documented 651 cases of heart failure.

The researchers found that eating just one serving of fatty fish per week resulted in a 14% reduction in risk of heart failure. Two servings of fatty fish per week were associated with a 30% reduction.

They also found a 25% reduction in heart failure risk among participants with the highest intakes of marine omega-3 essential fatty acids.

This study further extends the link between fatty fish and the omega-3 essential fatty acids they contain and heart health benefits. Omega-3s also have a long list of other health benefits including reduction in cancer risk and the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.

You can easily increase your omega-3 intake by eating a few servings a week of fatty fish like salmon or mackerel. You can also opt to take a high quality supplement, just be sure that it is high in the two most important omega-3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA and certified for purity.

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