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Omega-3s May Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

A recent study suggests that a high concentration of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the blood may be associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease in people with cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Participants in the study included 460 Chinese in-patients who had either multiple cardiovascular risk factors or an established cardiovascular disease diagnosis. The researchers measured blood levels of omega-3 PUFAs, including DHA and EPA.

After examining the data, the researchers found that the patients who already had cardiovascular disease also had lower serum concentrations of omega-3 PUFAs compared to those who had cardiovascular risk factors but did not yet have cardiovascular disease. They also found that high levels of DHA were an independent protective factor against cardiovascular disease after adjusting for age, gender, and co-morbidity factors.

Additionally, an association was found between alcohol consumption and proton pump inhibitor usage and lower concentrations of blood levels of omega-3 PUFAs.

Researchers from Peking University First Hospital conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on January 18, 2018, in the journal Scientific Reports.

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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