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The heart benefits of Omega 3 fish oil are confirmed once again. And this time dosage recommendations are made

Once again a new, mainstream study of the heart benefits of Omega 3 supplementation has come down on the side of the heart benefits of Omega 3 fish oil. Fish oil benefits the heart, there’s no doubt about that, but now there’s more data.

A recent study by the American College Of Cardiology has confirmed the ability of a minimum level of Omega 3 fats in the diet to reduce the risk of heart disease. Heart disease and in particular heart attack is one of the biggest killers in our society, and so anything that reduces our risks of heart disease just has to be good.

This study followed 40,000 people, a significant number of people, over 4 separate trials. The studies concluded that there were clear heart related benefits to Omega 3 fats in increased levels in the diet, and also recommended exact levels of intake.

The recommended levels of essential fatty acids are as follows:Fish Oil and Heart Disease

For people with no known risk of cardio vascular disease,  500 mg per day of EPA and DHA together, no recommendation was made about the relative quantities of each. It was noted that further studies need to be done to determine the relative quantities of EPA and DHA.

And for individuals with known coronary heart disease problems, 1000 mg per day of EPA and DHA.

Often a study will provide a conclusion about the benefits of Omega 3 fats in the diet but make no recommendation as to quantity. This time a quantity is specified which gives us more guidance.

If you want to read the study then click here, note that it is in pdf format and that it is a scientific paper, so complex.

How do you get your 500 mg, or 1000 mg, per day? (Remember, always consult your doctor before beginning supplementation)?

Use the best Omega 3 supplements have over twice as much DHA as your average supplements, at 280 mg per 1000 mg capsule. They’re more expensive than most, but when you factor in the amount of DHA, and realize that you have to take half as many capsules as most others, they don’t appear as expensive as on first glance.

And on a comparison of all the important factors in choosing the best Omega 3 supplements they come out well in front for value and effectiveness.

And we’ve written more details about all the benefits of Omega 3 supplements if you’d like to find out more about all the health benefits of taking fish oil supplements, not just the heart benefits.

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We know about the benefits of fish oil supplements to the heart. But beware.

We have talked about the health benefits of fish oil supplements before, to a range of health conditions, but in particular to the heart. However a study has now posed a warning.

The study has suggested that a high fat diet, and in particular a diet high in saturated fat foods, can cancel many of the heart benefits of omega fish oil.

The heart benefits of fish oil are well known, they include a reduction in the incidence of cardio vascular disease including fatal and non fatal heart attacks, as well as strokes.

But although you may be able to get these benefits from taking Omega 3 fish oil supplements you may be doing yourself a disservice if you’re taking your fish oil supplements and also eating lots of foods high in fat.Benefits Of Fish Oil

A new study has found that the benefits of fish oil supplements are highest when combined with a low fat diet, and that a high fat diet could cancel out some or all of the benefits. The study studied rats with heart failure. It looked at the correlation between the benefits of Omega 3 supplementation when combined with a diet high in saturated fats.

The study was conducted by scientists from a range of institutions led by William C. Stanley, Ph.D., from the University of Maryland-Baltimore. It concluded that even though the benefits of fish oil for the heart are known, these benefits can be cancelled out when a high saturated fat diet results in the fat levels in the heart blocking out the heart benefits of the fish oil taken.

It was thought that the high fat levels in the heart blocked the capacity of the heart cells to absorb the helpful polyunsaturated Omega 3 fats from the fish oil.

This study was conducted on rats which already had heart problems, so it’s difficult to know if these conclusions can be applied to people who take Omega 3 capsules but who don’t have any heart disease.

However there are also well known reasons why a diet of high saturated fat foods is not good for your health, so whether or not you already have heart disease there are still very good reasons why you ought to be taking Omega 3 capsules, AND be eating a diet low in saturated fats.

That way you get the health benefits of Omega 3 fish oil along with the health benefits of a good diet. What could be better?

There’s no doubt any more about the benefits of taking fish oil. But fish oil isn’t the only thing that offers health benefits. A diet high in fruit and vegetables and low in saturated fats is also well known to be extremely healthy, and there is also ample evidence that a lifestyle high in exercise is also one of the best things you can do for your health.

Combine Omega 3 supplements with a good diet and plenty of exercise, and watch those nasty fats, and you’ve got a recipe for good health.

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If you live in Boston you can take part in the trial of Omega 3 and Vitamin D.

There is a study soon to be launched in Boston studying to see if a combination of Omega 3 fish oils and vitamin D have any role in the lowering of the risks of cancer. The study is being done by doctors from the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

They are looking for 20,000 “older” people, a quarter to be black, to see if lower rates of Vitamin D explains the higher incidence of some disease in the black population.

More specifically they are looking for women over 65 and men over 60 with no history of cancer or cardiovascular disease to take part. So if that describes you then you might consider contacting them through their website to see if you can take part.

They will have instructions available after Labor Day on how to take part.
It will be most interesting to see how it turns out. It’s expected that these studies take some years so we won’t know any time soon.

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