Improving blood pressure, lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease, including reducing the risk of sudden heart attack and stroke are just three of the many heart health benefits associated with supplementing with Omega-3 fatty acids. You will see on this list that this healthy fat has been proven to be beneficial for improving numerous other health problems as well, including arthritis, insulin resistance, dry eye syndrome, asthma and depression!
Eating foods like flaxseeds, wild caught salmon, herring, mackerel, sea bass, halibut, sardines, walnuts, grass fed and finished beef and dairy, navy and kidney beans are among the best food sources of this critical nutrient.
Especially if you have been told you have high cholesterol and therefore are at higher risk for heart disease, your doctor may have also told you to supplement with fish oil. That’s a great supplement to improve heart health. However, if you are also on a statin drug, here’s what you may not know: recent research reveals that statin drugs destroy any benefits you would get from the Omega 3s.
Some previous studies seemed to indicate that Omega 3s had little or no impact on cardiovascular health which created a great deal of controversy and confusion. Should you take Omega-3s or not? If studies showed no benefit, why bother? Well what was not made clear was that most of the participants were not only taking Omega-3s, they were also taking statin drugs. Numerous, more recent research studies conclude that statins block the effectiveness of the healthy fats.
Besides providing the real reason for the contradictory research results, this points up the importance of getting the whole story behind the headlines!
Do you supplement with Omega 3s?
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I don’t currently supplement with Omega 3’s but my husband does. He gets concerned with getting the proper Omega 3 supplement, as he said some are better than others. We try to eat salmon or a fatty fish at least once a week, and eat nuts (mostly raw almonds).
It’s always great to read your posts, because of how the information changes buying and eating behaviors. Even though we don’t totally revamp our diets overnight, small changes add up to healthier eating over the long time.
Thank you for commenting Marcy. I like to get my nutrients from my food as much as possible too. Chia and Hemp seeds are a great addition to smoothies to bump up omega 3s. What you are doing is great. And taking baby steps is definitely the way to go – you don’t have to totally revamp your diet overnight – in fact that would probably backfire. Gradual baby steps definitely add up to positive changes. I appreciate your thoughts.
Ann, I always enjoy your posts. Isn’t it interesting the “healthy foods” are good for you in so many ways.
Yes it certainly is Deb – I love that because it is how God created it to be!