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Omega-3s Associated With Lower Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

Risk factors for coronary artery disease include age, gender, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and physical inactivity. A recent study suggests that omega-3 fatty-acids from either food or supplements may help lower the risk of coronary heart disease.


The researchers examined data from 18 randomized clinical trials and 16 prospective cohort studies for their analysis. The trials included 93,000 participants and the cohort studies included 732,000 participants. 


Data from the trials showed that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3s was associated with a non-statistically significant 6% reduction in coronary heart disease. The data from the 16 prospective cohort studies showed that the risk reduction rose to a statistically significant 18%. Prospective cohort studies tend to include more real-life dietary scenarios over longer periods.


The trials also showed a statistically significant reduction in coronary heart disease in higher risk populations, including a 16% reduced risk in people with high triglycerides and a 14% reduced risk in people with high LDL cholesterol.


Researchers from EpidStat conducted the study. It was published in the January 2017 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.


Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including improved mood, improved joint mobility, reducing the risk of 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. For people who don’t like fish, consider taking a daily high quality non-fish supplement that has been tested for purity and potency.

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