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Five Reasons to Recommend Omega-3s for Heart Health

Recent headlines have questioned the benefits of omega-3s, but here are five examples that show EPA and DHA omega-3s benefit heart health.

1. Reduction in cardiac death risk

Since 2004, every one of the 13 meta analyses on omega-3s and cardiac death have found statistically significant reductions (9-35%) in mortality.

2. Decrease in triglyericdes

21 meta analyses demonstrate a 20-40% reduction in serum triglycerides.

3. Reduction in blood pressure

Three meta analyses since 2004 found statistically significant reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, a risk factor for coronary heart disease. This is as effective as lifestyle changes like increasing physical activity and restricting alcohol or sodium intake.

4. Improvement of cardiac risk factors

Omega-3s maintain healthy blood vessels, increase adiponectin and decrease heart rate.

5. Positive impact on public health

A Global Burden of Disease report estimates low intakes of seafood omega-3s (rich source of EPA and DHA) caused 1.03 million deaths and 22.4 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) globally in 2013.

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