Better Heart Health – Omega-3 Fatty Acids

by Heather Ferber on February 26, 2011

Since we are still in heart awareness mode/month…a few more comments about getting better heart health.

Omega-3s are polyunsaturated fatty acids that have long been linked to health benefits, especially heart health.  Omega-3 fatty acids have been scientifically proven to decrease triglyceride levels and the risks of arrhythmias, and thus the risks of sudden heart attacks.  Other benefits include slowing plaque buildup in the arteries and slightly lowering blood pressure.

Two of the most essential omega-3 fatty acids are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a daily intake of three grams of EPA and DPA to promote good heart health.  Both EPA and DPA support normal platelet activity, and work to maintain normal triglyceride and cholesterol levels, and normal blood flow and pressure.  Consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

There are a number of foods that can provide you with omega-3 fatty acids; however, the best source is fatty fish, such as salmon, albacore tuna, sardines and lake trout.   The AHA recommends two servings of fatty fish per week.    Other sources of omega-3s include nuts and seeds,  oils, and spinach.

Make it a habit to add those omega-3 rich foods to your diet.  Your heart will be happy.

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