fish oil capsules, fish oil to protect your heart

If you have heart disease, you’ve probably read lots about statin drugs to lower cholesterol. You may have seen recommendations about eating a Mediterranean-style diet for heart health. But should you be taking fish oil to protect your heart?

When Should You Take Fish Oil to Protect Your Heart?

The American Heart Association has updated an old dietary guideline. Its experts now recommend that patients with either heart failure or coronary heart disease take omega-3 fatty acids in the form of supplements. That translates into fish oil.

The prior guidance from the AHA, dating back to 2002, was to consume one gram of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) + DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) daily in the form of oily fish. That works out to two servings a week of 3.5 ounces per serving. Salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna provide good levels of these omega 3-fats. (But be cautious about albacore tuna. In addition to omega-3 fats, it contains higher levels of mercury than the other fish mentioned.)

If Fish Is Not Appealing, Take Fish Oil to Protect Your Heart:

If that was hard for some people, the American Heart Association recommended fish oil supplements-but only in consultation with a physician. Now, after reviewing additional data from randomized clinical trials, the AHA has determined that patients who take omega 3 fatty acids in supplements are less likely to die from coronary heart disease as well as heart failure.

Siscovick et al, Circulation, online March 13, 2017 

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  1. Geoffrey
    Canada
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    Being a victim of CHF, I willingly went along with modern medicine to save what was left of my life – However, having been probably (the best choice of words) misdiagnosed with epilepsy many years ago and being prescribed the use of Tegretol – my life was wrecked emotionally and physically, as I went along with the increases then prescribed. When these Tegretol overdoses reached the limit my body could accept, and I began to black out – I took matters in hand and reduced the level to a point that I could rationalize what the problem was – Ignorance in the medical field!

    After researching the root cause, it would seem with my very layman like research homed in on the fact that in my early life my good dentist, Dr. Stultz, filled my many (?) cavities with good old mercury and this with little doubt caused the base cause of the so-called epilepsy!

    Then, after suffering CHF at my now “ripe-old-age” simply because on living with my daughter and family and eating nothing but processed foods – and also stopping my daily intake of the very necessary Vitamin C, I am certain that this, along with the Tegretol, was the root cause of my otherwise good health. Now I have a personal defibrillator (pacemaker) and was on a myriad of “necessary” prescriptions than one day on a long walk with my wife caused a seizure not unlike those caused by the drug Tegretol.

    A neighbour saw my dilemma (fell on a concrete curbstone), called 911 and I ended up in hospital with a broken tooth, dislocated finger and the most beautiful face you ever saw – after a severe beating that is – This was my wake-up call and I immediately discontinued every suspect drug that the combination could cause me this disaster.

    And that dear reader was five months ago – Today, I am almost drug free, cognizant an alert! A far cry of what most of my life has been while using drugs prescribed by well-meaning but rather vapid doctors who never once cared to investigate the root causes of the problem – or, if they did it was never revealed to me. So again dear reader, you must take at least one important supplement – and that is vitamin C but consider the need for fish oil and flax also among others that your body needs … and live a natural, lively cognizant life as I now do at 87 without drugs.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, I fully believe that modern medicine has merit but I also believe that we must monitor our own health continuously and ingest the right foods and supplementation to maintain a healthy lifestyle – Like we are told though – man does not live by bread alone – Enuff!

  2. Paul
    Here and there...
    Reply

    I am in my mid-30s and am very interested in maintaining cardiac health, and so have been taking some form of omega-3 supplement for a couple years. While I can’t say they make a noticeable impact on my day to day, I defer to the scientific findings as far as long-term benefits.

    However, I’ve always had a huge distaste for the ‘fish burps’ – they’re enough to make me quit taking the supplements for months at a time.

    That was until I discovered Krill Oil. Did some research on it and it appears that it is not only a vastly superior form of Omega 3 in terms of absorbability and utility to the body on all relevant metrics, but comes with no fish burps whatsoever.

    So, I guess you could say I’m hooked. If you want a brand recommendation, I’ll provide one, but if you look in the obvious places to shop for supplements on the internet on major commerce websites that start with an ‘A’, you will find the brand I use at the top of the heap.

  3. Bonnie
    Reply

    I believe that fish oil is an essential nutrient to heart health and overall health!

  4. David B.
    Fayetteville, NC USA
    Reply

    I understand that there is evidence that taking a fish oil supplement provides fuel for accelerated activity for the growth of prostate cancer. If this is generally acknowledged to be the case, that cancer-related information should be included in an article such as this.
    Respectfully Submitted,
    David Bryan

  5. Whitley
    NC
    Reply

    1- I’ve been on twice daily fish oil capsules for 10 years – since bypass surgery – and have no known side effects.
    2- Glad to read these other possible benefits from metformin. Score one for our side !

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