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. Paul
    Here and there...

    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.

  2. Bonnie

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

  3. David B.
    Fayetteville, NC USA

    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

  4. Whitley

    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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