Omega-3 and Heart Disease – “Oh, Fishy, Fishy, Fishy, Fish!”

Gotta love that Monty Python ($5 off any purchase at if you guess the movie).    And who’d have thought that their little “Find the Fish” game could be a life saving exercise in our real daily lives.  What’s it’s really all about is Omega-3.  I know you’re thinking that sounds like a character in the new Transformers movie but in fact Omega-3’s are an essential fatty acid found in fish.  A recent study from Harvard University, compiling two decades of research, concluded that one or two servings of fatty rich fishy fish, like salmon or tuna, can reap health benefits so great that they outweigh even the risks of environmental contaminants in fish like PCBs or mercury.

The study finds that a modest weekly consumption of fish can reduce the risk of death from heart disease by 36 % and will reduce overall deaths by 17%.  What happens is that these wonderful fatty acids make the membranes throughout our body—including those in our heart and blood vessels—more elastic causing blood to flow more easily.  This reduces the risks of high blood pressure and blood clots and fights inflammation preventing the hardening of arteries, stroke and lowering the risk of an irregular heart rate.

There are several kinds of Omega-3’s, many of which can be found in plant foods like flaxseed, soybeans, canola and walnuts but the Omega-3’s essential for heart health—eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA—can only be processed correctly if they come from fish and fish-oil supplements.

Now don’t overdo it.  There’s always too much of a good thing.  Ingesting over 3000 mg a day of Omega-3s can raise the risk of excessive bleeding or even cause a hemorrhagic stroke. And obviously, fat is fat even if it’s fishy so you can still become a fatty.  Instead of adding to your diet I suggest you substitute.  Stay balanced, stay healthy and remember to FIND THE FISH.

Be well,

Juicy Josh

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