Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Omega 3 Fish Oil Benefits the Heart


I continue to write blogs about the benefits of Omega 3 FFA fish oil and I'm doing it again. A new review published in the American Journal of Cardiology shows that fish oil supplements benefit almost everyone. This includes people with heart disease and atrial fibrillation as well as healthy people with no problems.

The researchers from Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans reviewed all published studies of Omega 3 FFA. The most compelling evidence for cardiovascular benefits comes from four controlled trials of almost 40 000 participants. These patients were randomized to receive Omega 3 Fish Oil EPA with or without DHA ( both ingredients are found in supplements) in studies of primary prevention, after MI (heart attack), and most recently with heart failure. They found it prevented death from heart disease. The benefits were seen in sudden death and subsequent heart attack events.

So how much Omega 3 fish oil should a person consume? Dr. Lavie, the lead researcher said,

"If somebody really were eating salmon and tuna and mackerel and sardines, and they were doing that several times a week, then they wouldn't need to be taking a supplement. But in the US, at least, very few people are going to eat the therapeutic doses of fatty fish."

Lavie and colleagues recommend that healthy people consume at least 500 mg per day of EPA/DHA--equal to around two fatty-fish meals per week--and that those with known coronary heart disease or heart failure get 800 to 1000 mg per day EPA/DHA. There does not seem to be any harm if too much is taken, and super large doses are prescribed for people who have triglyceride abnormalities.

These are easy supplements to buy and take. You do not need a complicated regimen of supplements. I took my Omega 3 Fish Oil tablets today.


13 comments:

CountryMidwife said...

Doc, can you speak to the best source for Omegas? Am I off base to be concerned that cod liver oil seems unhealthy, the liver being a major organ of filtration and detoxification? Not to mention the pollution of the seas. Is flax seed or borage oil acceptable or must it be fish-based? Thanks --

Jonathan said...

Many suppliers of fish oil use a process call molecular distillation to eliminate contamination from their products, including pesticides and heavy metals, You can easily read more about this process by Googling it. The Environmental Defense Fund has compiled a list of fish oil providers and their compliance with safety measures. You can see that list here.

Jonathan said...

Sorry. My link to the Environmental Defense Fund didn't work. Here's the link. You can cut & paste it into your browser.
http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=16536&source=ggad&gclid=CPDB4pm7jZwCFQ6jagodqC0wXw

Toni Brayer MD said...

CountryMidwife: Although flax has beneficial Omega 3 FFAs, the majority of the studies have been done on the EPA and DHA that are only found in fish. It is likely that there is benefit from plant based FFAs, but the the oil from fatty fish (not just cod liver oil) has the research to back up known benefits.

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Interesting Read If somebody really were eating salmon and tuna and mackerel and sardines, and they were doing that several times a week, then they wouldn't need to be taking a supplement. But in the US, at least, very few people are going to eat the therapeutic doses of fatty fish.

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After reading this article I am now decided to include fish oil on my diet. I never thought that fish oil benefits our heart. I think it is a must to have.

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in the last years doctors has found many benefits to this complement, specially in the heart care, for that reason doctor recommend a diet based in this, and a good excercice plan.

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Kushal Pandit said...

Thnx for ur post.. i also read somewhere Fish Oil is the one of the best nutrician , it has been show to provide a number of health benifits, and recomended by many health autorities as a part of balanced diet.Fish Oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, specifically docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).One of the health benefits linked to fish oil is a low risk of heart attack. very healpfull for blood circulations. is this true..????