New Study Bolsters Fish Oil Health Claims

It’s easy to get completely bogged down in thinking about COVID-19 and protecting ourselves, loved ones and our community. It’s essential to arm ourselves with information about this new threat. However, our normal health concerns shouldn’t be ignored. We’re always interested in hearing about ways we can aid our hearts. New research from UC Irvine has yielded more evidence that fish oil can help the heart.
 
Their research was about the efficacy of highly purified fish oil. While supplements using fish oil are not highly refined, it’s still a great sign. It suggests you should speak to your doctor about the benefits of the supplements. The scientists’ statistical analysis predicts more than 70,000 heart attacks, strokes and cardiac events could be prevented every year in the U.S. through the use of highly purified fish oil therapy.
 
For patients with heart disease, high triglycerides or diabetes taking icosapent ethyl — highly purified fish oil — lowered their risk of a cardiovascular event by 25 percent. This is the first analysis to look at the overall population. If the find is correct, it could prevent a heart attack, stroke or other heart problems for one in every 21 patients. The fish oil is approved when taken with statins but is currently only available by prescription.
 
The analysis was based on information pulled from many extensive studies, giving the scientists a lot of results to evaluate. Older studies have seen that fish oil helped the most for people who didn’t eat much fish. That implies that just eating fish — or taking fish oil — can benefit the heart. While you may not be eligible to receive the prescription-strength version, fish oil may be beneficial to you — especially if you don’t regularly eat fish.
 
Most fish oil is made up of 30 percent omega-3s, the heart-healthy fat. And, the omega-3s found in fish oil have a more substantial health impact than those found in plants. Fish oil can increase the level of HDL or “good” cholesterol that helps your body rid itself of LDL or “bad” cholesterol. Additionally, studies have found it can lower triglycerides by up to 30 percent. It has also been shown to lower blood pressure, decrease plaque buildups and reduce fatal arrhythmia events.
 
No single supplement can fix a problem, but they can work in concert with your healthy routine to aid health. Our team at Neuliven Health believes in supplements’ abilities to support our health. We are all taking our vitamins and supplements to help our immune systems during the COVID-19 outbreak and in our regular lives. Your doctor, who knows your medical history and what other measures you’re taking, can help you decide what’s best for you! In the meantime, eating the tins of tuna fish and sardines that have been sitting in your pantry is a great way to avoid the supermarket and add variety to your diet!
April 02, 2020
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