To many, it’s a known fact that long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) have plenty of positive affects on the human body. Nutritionists and medical professionals would probably all agree that eating foods, like salmon, tuna, and mackerel are more healthy than eating any type of meat. Unfortunately, a lot of people do not like fish.
According to experts, and a new study by the Harvard School of Public Health, there are three primary reasons for a high ranking of omega-3 deficiency as a risk factor for preventable death:
- Omega-3s are proven to prevent stroke, second heart attacks, and sudden cardiac death, which is responsible for half of all heart-related deaths.
- Omega-3s appear to reduce depression, which is linked to heart disease and suicide.
- Omega-3s are critical to proper immune function.
The study revealed “that a deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet causes up to 96,000 preventable deaths annually in the United States.” The researchers also went on to say that “low omega-3 intake ranked as the sixth greatest killer, responsible for about 84,000 preventable deaths in 2005.”
Causing 84,000 preventable deaths, low omega-3 intake was found a greater risk factor than high intake of trans fatty acids (82,000 preventable deaths), found in hydrogenated vegetable oils (Danaei G et al. 2009).
What is the recommended daily requirement of omega-3 fatty acids?
Most world health authorities recommend taking 500mg or more per day, and the American Heart Association recommends that heart patients take 1,000mg per day under medical supervision.
If fish is your best source of EPA and DHA’s, and your not a fish eater, how else can you get this all important polyunsaturated fat?
Many brands of omega-3 oils and supplements are available in grocery stores and vitamin shops. If you choose fish oil, be sure the brand you select is mercury free. I suggest taking an omega-3 supplement, one gives you the needed fatty acid to maintain a healthy omega-3 balance.
Many omega-3 supplements meet the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines, and many don’t. So always use only the best of the best. One daily dose usually provides the amount of Omega-3 recommended by the AHA for healthy individuals, as well as for those who have heart disease or the risk of it.
Before taking any supplements, first and foremost, ask your health professional then read as much as you can about the additional fish oil benefits. You’ll find that they provide an amazing array of health benefits.
Contact me for additional information on omega-3 supplements.
Danaei G, Ding EL, Mozaffarian D, Taylor B, Rehm J, Murray CJ, Ezzati M. The preventable causes of death in the United States: comparative risk assessment of dietary, lifestyle, and metabolic risk factors. PLoS Med. 2009 Apr 28;6(4):e1000058. Epub 2009 Apr 28.