Omega-3 and Heart Health

Omega-3s and Heart Health: The Strongest Evidence to Date

Omega-3 levels were associated with living an extra 2 years, according to a recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health and University of Washington. Because few interventions substantially influence your lifespan later in life, this study demonstrates that it is more important than ever to consume omega-3.

The ground-breaking study found that omega-3 fatty acids, mostly found in fish, can significantly support heart health and may guard against cardiovascular disease.

With majority of New Zealanders unaware of their heart health risk, Global Educator Stuart Tomc remarked the study demonstrates the strong scientific evidence to date that omega-3 fatty acids support heart health.

This important research found people with the highest bloods levels of omega- 3s lived an average of 2.2 years longer than their counterparts with lower levels.

The study examined data across 16 years on 2,700 participants aged 65 or older, who were surveyed in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Cardiovascular Health Study.

In this study, researchers used blood biomarkers to measure omega-3 levels and expanded the focus of study beyond heart health alone. This study also looked at lifespan and mortality rates. Given that heart disease is New Zealand’s number one killer, now is a great time to kick start simple lifestyle changes. 

“The study shows that reducing your risk of heart disease may be as simple as including omega-3 fish oil in your diet and getting active with daily exercise,” Tomc said.

Placebo-controlled clinical trials have shown daily intake of the two main omega-3s: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) for almost a year helped support cardiovascular health.

“Omega-3s in fish oil have been known to provide nutritional support for a healthy cardiovascular system” Tomc said.

Watch the short video by Stuart Tomc on Omega-3 Deficiency