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.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 7:16 AM