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Omega-3 May Keep Chest Pains Away

According to a study published in the October 2009 issue of the British Journal of Nutrition, increased intakes of omega-3 fatty acids may protect men from Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS).

ACS is an umbrella term that covers a number of symptoms including angina and heart attack that are related to the heart not receiving enough blood.

The Danish Diet, Cancer and Health cohort study was conducted by researchers at Aarhus University and included 57,000 men and women. During a 7.6 year follow-up, 1,150 of the participants developed ACS.

The researchers found that men who consumed more than 390mg of omega-3 fatty acids daily had a 27% reduction in ACS compared to the men who consumed less than 390mg per day.

This study shows once again that the daily recommendation for omega-3’s of 250 mg set by the European Food Safety Authority is likely too low.

In fact, a comprehensive study earlier this year including over 40,000 participants supports a daily intake recommendation of omega-3 essential fatty acids of 500mg daily which is double that of the current recommendations.

The evidence linking heart health and omega-3 consumption is extensive and studies are also showing that omega-3s may help improve cognitive function, aid in weight loss and reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.

With an increasing amount of evidence backing the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, it makes sense to try consuming more of these essential fatty acids in your everyday diet.

Eating more fatty fish like salmon and mackerel at least 3 times a week is a great way to increase your omega-3 essential fatty acid levels. Another option is taking a quality fish oil supplement high in EPA and DHA and certified for purity.

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