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Omega-3 Fat EPA Significantly Lowers Heart Disease Risk

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  • Omega-3 fats are essential fats your body needs for proper cell division and function of cell receptors, digestion, muscle activity, blood clotting, visual acuity, cognition, heart health and much more
  • A proprietary prescription formulation of fish oil called Vascepa — a highly-processed form of the omega-3 fat EPA — lowered cardiovascular health risks by 25 percent compared to placebo
  • Participants in the Vascepa trial received 4 grams of EPA per day — which is two to four times more EPA than typically given — for five years
  • A pair of parallel studies published in 2008 — both lasting four years — found fish oil supplements worked better than placebo and the cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor in patients with chronic heart failure
  • While a general recommendation is to take 3 to 4 grams of marine-based omega-3 per day, the only way to identify your ideal dose is to measure your omega-3 index with a blood test. For optimal health, aim for an omega-3 index of 8 percent or higher

By Dr. Mercola

Omega-3 fats are essential polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) your body needs for proper cell division and function of cell receptors, digestion, muscle activity, blood clotting, visual acuity, cognition, heart health and much more.


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