According to the most complete study to date, eating fatty Omega 3 acids reduces heart attack risk. Previous research has turned inconclusive results, with some studies on fish oil confirming benefits of these acids, and others finding no significant benefit.
The newest research of June 27th, 2016, reports that blood tests are superior to food questionnaires in determining the intake of Omega 3 acids people have in their system. An international consortium found that the risk of dying from a heart attack is reduced by as much as 25% in people with high blood levels of Omega 3 fatty acids.
Fish is the primary source of Omega 3 acids, such as EPA or DHA. According to the US Agriculture Department, trout, salmon, anchovies or herring have the highest levels of Omega 3 fatty acids. Foods that contain Omega 3 acids are also high in proteins, selenium, Vitamin D, and other elements and minerals.
Walnuts and other plants, nut and seed oils are a good source of ALA or alpha-linoleic acid. This type of Omega 3 acid needs to be converted by the body into EPA and DHA to be effective.
Researchers have studied close to 46,000 participants. Nearly 8,000 people have suffered heart attacks, and 2,781 died as a result. According to a top researcher, statistics have shown how particularly effective omega three fats are at preventing heart disease or heart attacks. These results were concludent and took into consideration age, sex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, or cholesterol lowering medications.
A Mediterranean diet, high in fiber and Omega 3 acids, has long been linked with healthier, longer lives. The global study was a huge opportunity to realize how blood markers of different fatty acids and fats led to different health outcomes.
This study gathered and interpreted results from 19 large studies in 16 studies and included 46,000 people. Healthy food is believed to be more effective than supplements, as supplements can’t replace an unhealthy lifestyle, experts say.
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