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Heart Protection with Omega-3 Fatty Acids

by: Deidra Garcia

Omega-3 Fatty Acids have been getting a lot of attention lately in the news, the scientific community and doctor’s offices around the world. But what are they? And why have they become the next big thing in heart health?

While the term “fatty” seems negative, Omega-3 fatty acids actually provide “good” fats which help support the health of the cardiovascular system, maintain triglyceride and cholesterol levels and, according to the Food and Drug Administration, possibly reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in men. In addition, they assist in promoting a healthy brain function, controlling mood levels and supporting healthy joints and muscular mobility.

Several studies show that international populations whose diets consist of large amounts of foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids have lesser instances of heart disease and cholesterol problems. The Mediterranean diet in particular relies heavily on many servings of fish, antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, and uses very little red meat and saturated fats. This diet has been associated with lower levels of cholesterol and healthy heart function. European doctors are so impressed with the effects of Omega-3 fatty acids that Omega-3-rich foods and supplements are often recommended to patients suffering or recovering from cardiovascular problems.

Fish oil capsules and Omega-3 supplements may not be regularly prescribed by American doctors yet, but many medical sources recognize that people who maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet consisting of many servings of fruit, vegetables and fish such as salmon, trout and mackerel have stronger, healthier hearts and better health overall. Even the American Heart Association recommends that people consume foods rich in Omega-3 such as fatty fish (mackerel, tuna, etc.) at least twice a week.

Unfortunately, men’s busy schedules often leave little time to prepare or consume meals high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Add to that the fact that some fish available to consumers does not contain the high levels of Omega-3 due to being farm raised. To insure you’re receiving the necessary Omega-3 fatty acids from a pure source, consider adding a daily supplement containing high concentrations of Omega-3.

Look for supplements that contain pharmaceutical-grade ingredients that provide the best ratio of EPA/DHA and are carefully distilled to remove all hazardous PCB, toxins and mercury particles. A balanced diet high in Omega-3 fatty acids and regular exercise today can mean a healthy heart for years to come.

See Also:

Combating Coronary Heart Disease Without Drugs
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American Heart Association's Dietary Guidelines for Heart Diseases and Stroke

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About the Author:

Deidra Garcia is a freelance writer and communications manager for MenScience Androceuticals, a men's skincare and grooming company. You can find more articles by Deidra, as well as further tips and advice, at http://www.MenScience.com

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