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Study Suggests Current AHA Recommendations for Fish Consumption Are Too Low

An Omega-3 index in the range of 8-12% may help to maintain heart, brain, eye, and joint health. A recent study has found that Americans would need to consume oily fish 3 times or more per week and take an EPA+DHA supplement in order to achieve an Omega-3 index of 8% or greater.

Researchers with OmegaQuant looked at data from 3,458 people who submitted dried blood spot samples for Omega-3 index testing. The participants also answered questions regarding their fish intake and supplement use. Approximately 50% of the participants reported taking omega-3 supplements, 32% reported no fish intake, and 17% reported eating fish more than twice per week.

The average Omega-3 index for those who reported taking no supplements and consuming no fish was 4.1%. Participants who reported taking omega-3 supplements and consuming fish three times per week had an average Omega-3 index of 8.1%. Participants in the highest supplement and fish intake group had a 44% higher likelihood of having an Omega-3 index greater than 8%, compared to those in the lowest intake group. Participants who consumed fish twice per week but did not take supplements had a 10% higher likelihood of having an Omega-3 index greater than 8%, compared to those in the lowest intake group.

The American Heart Association currently recommends consuming 1 to 2 seafood meals per week. The researchers suggest that the recommendation should be changed to 4 to 5 servings of oily fish per week or 2 to 3 servings per week in conjunction with an EPA+DPA supplement.

The study was published online ahead of print January 11, 2019, in the journal Prostoglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids.
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