Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Evidence for the importance of EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids in cardiovascular health promotion and illness prevention, recovery, and survival is well documented in the scientific literature. The American Heart Association has recently recognized the importance of the Omega-3 essential nutrients EPA and DHA found in Omega Sufficiency® for promoting cardiac health, lowering blood triglycerides and C. reactive protein and protecting against cardiovascular disease.
Even the American Government now widely recognizes the importance of EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids with respect to cardiovascular health. The White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting the departments promote the consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids.
OMB official John D. Graham in his letter to HHS and USDA wrote, "Both epidemiological and clinical studies find that an increase in consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids results in reduced deaths due to CHD (cardiovascular heart disease)." He goes on to say that "The government should make this life-saving information as widely available as possible."
A recent review article on this topic concluded that fish oils should be included in prevention programs for coronary heart disease. The study concludes that Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids as found in Omega Sufficiency® appear to (a) slow the development of atherosclerosis, (b) prevent fatal arrhythmias, and (c) decrease mortality following a heart attack.
In a study of over 6000 middle aged men conducted at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center the evidence showed that men with a higher blood level of DHA had a 50% lower risk of developing heart disease than did men with lower levels.
This is clear evidence of the significant preventative effects of supplementation with fish oil such as Omega Sufficiency® against the development of coronary heart disease.
Research has also shown that Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation improves recovery and survival from heart attack. A 1997 study showed that the rate of cardiac death was significantly decreased in a population of cardiovascular patients who increased their intake of Omega 3 EFAs.
Fish oil supplementation has also been shown to be beneficial for those with atherosclerosis and to reduce the risk of heart attack.
A study out of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine showed supplementation with fish oil significantly helped to normalize blood pressure and many studies have shown the importance of EFAs for healthy cholesterol metabolism.
Research clearly shows that sufficient dietary intake of EPA and DHA as found in Omega Sufficiency® is vital for cardiovascular health and for the prevention and survival of cardiovascular illness.
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In Your Health,
Dr. Jon Wise
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