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Omega-3s May Do More than Just Help Prevent Heart Disease

A review published in the August 2009 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that Omega-3 fatty acids may do more than just help prevent cardiovascular disease, they may also help treat it.

The review included 4 separate studies and over 40,000 participants.

The studies showed that omega-3 fatty acids work as the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, as a treatment after heart attack and as a treatment for heart failure patients.

While awareness of the benefits of omega-3 essential fatty acids is growing in the general population, most people do not realize that these essential fatty acids are not only preventative, they may also be therapeutic.

The researchers recommend that the general population consume at least 500mg of omega-3 essential fatty acids per day and people with or at high risk of heart disease should double that dose.

They also recommend eating the right kinds of fish because fish like salmon, trout, mackerel, and redfish are among the few species with enough omega-3 essential fatty acids to reach those daily recommendations.

If these fish are not a common part of your diet, it may be a good idea to consider taking an omega-3 supplement high in the fatty acids EPA and DHA.

It is important to make sure you are taking a high quality supplement certified for purity because some fish oils can contain harmful contaminants like lead and mercury.

Making omega-3s essential fatty acids a part of your everyday diet is extremely important. Not only for the heart health benefits, but also to possibly improve cognitive function, aid in weight loss and reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.

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