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September 14, 2009 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Healthy Living, Heart Health

Heart Felt News for Fish Oil

The darlings of the healthy fat world, namely those long-chained omega 3 fats, DHA and EPA, just received a glowing endorsement thanks to a new report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (August 09).  After an exhaustive review of a slew of studies that included tens of thousands of subjects, cardiovascular experts concluded that the data is “tremendous and compelling” that omega 3 fats in oily fish and fish oil supplements provide heart protection on a number of different fronts.  Those who benefit most from omega 3’s heart-healthy magic are patients with established cardiovascular (CV) disease who can enjoy up to a 30% reduction in CV-related death.  The data also support heart benefits for healthy individuals too.  The best dietary sources of DHA and EPA are salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, lake trout, and oysters.  Fish oil supplements are also a simple and convenient option.