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More Data Support Heart Healthy Benefits of Omega-3s

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Results from a large-scale study showed fish oil lowered the risk of all-cause mortality by 13% and cardiovascular mortality by 16%
  • Omega-3 fats have been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce arterial fat deposits and prevent cardiac arrhythmias
  • Each type of omega-3 is necessary, as each plays a different role; EPA is particularly important to your heart and DHA to your brain
  • Krill oil is a superior supplement choice as it has a higher potency, is more bioavailable and less prone to oxidation than fish oil
  • Your body requires a balance of omega-6 and omega-3 to reduce your risk of chronic illness; testing is the only way to determine if you have adequate levels

For many years I’ve been recommending that you eat a diet rich in healthy saturated fats, and avoid vegetable oils and trans fats. Over the past decade, public opinion has turned against partially hydrogenated oil, a source of trans fatty acids, a movement that triggered many restaurants to substitute with 100% vegetable oil.

Even the Food and Drug Administration has found partially hydrogenated oils to be unsafe, determining they are not “generally recognized as safe,” and announced that removing them “from processed foods could prevent thousands of heart attacks and deaths each year.”

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