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Fish Oil Helps Fight Heart Disease

Fish oil can help reduce deaths from heart disease, according to new reports released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Their reviews of the available literature found evidence that omega-3 fatty acids, the beneficial component ingested by eating fish or taking a fish oil supplement, reduce heart attack and other problems related to heart and blood vessel disease in those who already have these conditions. Their overall risk of death was also reduced. Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce levels of triglycerides, a fat in the blood that may contribute to heart disease.

The review also found other evidence that fish oil may lower high blood pressure slightly, reduce risk of coronary artery re-blockage after angioplasty, increase exercise capability among patients with clogged arteries, and possibly reduce the risk of irregular heart beats, especially in individuals with a recent heart attack.

But why not just eat fish instead of taking fish oil? The problem is that many fish such as tuna, swordfish, shark, king mackerel and farm-raised salmon contain significant levels of PCBs, dioxin, pesticides, mercury, or other pollutants. All fish have some traces of contaminants. At any level, these pollutants are not good for your health. Moreover, when oil is extracted from contaminated fish, the contaminants stay in the oil. Therefore it is important that you only purchase oil that has been proven by lab testing to be cleansed of contaminants. We stock a fish oil that is certified to be free of contaminants.

We have a more detailed discussion of fish oil at:

Fish Oil

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Summaries of evidence reviews are available on AHRQ's Web site at http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/epcindex.htm#dietsup