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Omega-3 EPA: Treatment for a Heart Condition
Date:6/11/2009

e was in line with the American Heart Association's endorsement of omega-3 for people with a heart condition, since it lowered the risk of heart attack.

The benefits of oily fish for cardiovascular health were first revealed when scientists discovered that the Inuit population of Greenland suffered far less from coronary heart disease than their European counterparts despite their high-fat, high-cholesterol diet. Realising that their diet was high in polyunsaturated omega-3 fats, researchers looked further to see if this relationship was mere coincidence, and found that these omega-3s did indeed have a protective effect on cardiovascular health.

Since then scientists have further researched the role of omega-3 fatty acids in cardiovascular health and consistently found that higher intake of omega-3 fats protects against heart disease in several ways, including reducing atrial fibrillation. This condition affects the rhythmic pumping of blood in the lower ventricles of the heart so that the chambers 'quiver', reducing the effectiveness of the functioning of the heart as a pump.

Omega-3s also lower blood triglycerides (fatty deposits in the blood), making blood more fluid and less prone to clotting, and high doses are associated with positive increases in HDL (good) cholesterol in the blood, which removes plaque from the arteries.

Having always opted for the natural solution (a family utterly convinced by the immune-boosting properties of Echinacea and manuka honey!), Jav was encouraged by Dr Puri's advice. His interest in fish oil deepened from that point. "I wanted to learn everything there was to know about the
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