Have you heard about the benefits of fish oil for your heart? Are you wondering whether you really need to take a supplement or eat more fish? Let me take a little of your time to tell you about how your heart can benefit, even if you don’t suffer from heart disease.
Oily fish such as salmon and mackerel contain essential fatty acids called omega 3’s. The main omega 3 fatty acids are DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). These are not readily produced by your body on its own so it’s necessary to get adequate amounts from either food or supplements.
Fish oil benefits for heart health have been shown through numerous clinical studies.
Blood triglycerides are a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease but many clinical studies have shown that omega 3’s can lower these blood fats.
DHA has also been shown to increase the level of HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol that is essential for good health) and reduce the level of LDL particles (the bad cholesterol).
Mild hypertension (high blood pressure) associated with cardiovascular disease can be reduced. Omega 3 fatty acids can also help to avoid blood clots by preventing platelets sticking together.
DHA can lower heart rates and prevent disturbances in your heart’s rhythm, which decreases the chances of a heart attack.
Finally, the essential fatty acids stimulate blood circulation and increase the breakdown of the compound involved in clots and scar formation. People suffering from conditions such as varicose veins and Raynaud’s disease can get relief from consuming more DHA and EPA.
The best sources of fish oil
Ideally, we would be able to get all the omega 3’s we need by simply eating more fish. Unfortunately, this is not without risks. Many species are contaminated by toxins and heavy metals so the advantages of eating them could be outweighed by the dangers.
So what’s the alternative?
Supplements are an increasingly popular way to get the body’s essential fatty acids without the risks of contamination. The very best supplements will be made from species taken from areas where toxins are low or non-existent, such as the Southern Ocean.
You can get more information about the many other benefits of fish oil (such as its role in preventing brain disorders, skin problems and arthritis), as well as help with finding the best supplements, at my website.
Therese Samson promotes natural approaches to health and well-being for the whole family and shares information about the benefits of fish oil and the quality products she uses herself on her website.