Good Health: Your Heart’s Desire.
Heart Health. A Matter of Life and Death.
Heart disease is now the leading cause of death in North America. One of the reasons for the escalation in rates of heart disease has its roots in the typical Western diet, which results in poor heart health. The map above illustrates the fact that many people in the US and Canada have very low omega-3 intake in their diets – and what little they are consuming is largely having no effect on health, because it is being counteracted by large amounts of omega-6 fats found in popular foods.
A great deal of research has shown that consuming more omega-3 fatty acids is linked to a healthier heart. When we talk about omega-3s derived from marine sources such as fish, crustaceans and mollusks, two important long-chain fatty acids take centre stage: EPA and DHA.
Omega-3 EPA has been shown to support the maintenance of cardiovascular health in adults and seniors.
Omega-3 DHA supports infant brain development as well as supporting memory in adults and seniors.
EPA plays a physiological role, acting as building blocks for cells in your vital organs. DHA plays a structural role in cell membranes, aiding in normal growth and development.
Even the American Military, not necessarily known for its concern with diet, says, “…..it would be unethical to not attempt elevating the Omega-3 status among U.S. military personnel.” Obviously, omega-3s are an important factor in maintaining good health. Here’s what you need to know about these heart-healthy fats, and how to reap the greatest benefits from them.
OMEGA-3s: YOUR HEART’S BEST FRIEND.
While research is currently being done into other health benefits of omega-3s, well-established studies already suggest that they are vital to heart health. The protective effect of omega-3s on the heart cannot be ignored. For example, it has been shown that people who eat seafood at least once a week are less likely to die from heart disease than those who do not include seafood in their diets. The evidence is so compelling that government dietary guidelines in Canada and the United States urge adults to consume seafood on a weekly basis.
Why are Omega-3s so good for your heart? They help to:
- Lower blood pressure
- Sustain the heart’s healthy rhythm
- Act as an anticoagulant and reduce blood fats (which is a risk factor for stroke)
- Lower bad cholesterol (which is a risk factor for a heart attack and sudden cardiac death)
But heart health is not by any means the only function of EPA and DHA. These omega-3 fatty acids can offer significant benefits in fighting a host of other chronic diseases.
BUT WAIT…THERE’S EVEN MORE TO OMEGA-3s.
According to the National Institutes of Health in the US, studies of the omega-3s found in seafood and fish oil have revealed these positive health benefits:
- Anti-inflammatory properties that counter the inflammatory symptoms associated with arthritis
- Essential to early fetal and infant development
- Supports cognitive function in older people
- Omega-3s have been linked to improving mood, especially in people suffering from depression
While no definitive conclusions can yet be drawn, several organizations are now funding research into omega-3 EPA and DHA supplements and still more chronic diseases, including:
- Diseases of the brain such as cognitive deterioration
- Diseases of the nervous system such as multiple sclerosis
- Mental and behavioral problems, such as depression and post-partum depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and schizophrenia
- Organ transplantation outcomes – preventing rejection of the donor organ by the host body
- Brain injuries and concussion
- Complications of HIV infection, including bone loss
- Treatment-resistant epilepsy
What are the benefits of Omega-3s? Watch this video to find out. (Source: DSM)
Do you need more Omega-3s in your diet? Watch this video to find out. (Source: DSM)
What matters in a quality heart health product? Watch this video to find out.
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With research continuing into all the ways omega-3 EPA and DHA can prevent chronic disease or alleviate symptoms where illness is already present, it just makes sense to supplement with omega-3s as a part of a healthy diet.
Please note that the statements on this webpage have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.