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Omega-3s May Cut Risk of Venous Thromboembolism in Half

Venous thromboembolism is a potentially deadly condition that occurs when a blood clot breaks loose and travels in the blood towards the lungs. A recent study suggests that consuming a combination of fish and fish oil supplements may lower the risk of venous thromboembolism by almost 50%.

Participants in the study included 23,621 people between the ages of 25 and 97 who were part of the Tromso population-based cohort. The researchers collected data over the course of an average 16 years, during which time 536 cases of venous thromboembolism were reported.

After analyzing the data, the researchers determined that participants who consumed three or more servings of fish per week had a 22% reduction in the risk of venous thromboembolism compared to those who consumed between 1 and 1.9 servings weekly.

When the participants who consumed three or more servings weekly also took fish oil supplements, the risk was 48% lower risk than those who ate 1 to 1.9 servings of fish weekly and did not take a fish oil supplement.

Researchers from the University of Tromso in Norway conducted the study. It was published in the June 2014 issue of The Journal of Nutrition.

Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including improved joint mobility, helping with age related macular degeneration, better moods, 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 vegans like the ones in this study or for folks who just 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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