II. Omega-3 Fatty Acids From Fish Oils Vs. Heart Attacks . . .
An interesting study investigated the effects of omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) from fish oils on heart attacks of adults over the age of 65.
They recruited over 5,000 men and women for the study. Blood samples were compared to 54 cases of non-fatal heart attack patients to an equal number of subjects who were characteristically matched.
The samples were taken at study’s start and at the third year of cardiovascular event. Blood levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids (DHA-EPA,) linolenic acid and alpha linolenic acid from the heart attack patients were compared to their matched control subjects.
- Higher intake of DHA and EPA (Omega-3 Fatty Acids) is associated with a significantly lower risk of fatal heart attacks.
- Higher intake of alpha linolenic acid also appears to be associated with a lower risk of fatal heart attacks.
- Neither was associated with non-fatal heart attacks.
Reference: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2003). Vol. 77 pp. 319-25.
III. Omega-3 and Omega-6 Study . . . Fewer Dangerous Plaques With Fish Oils . . .
A study conducted in England involved 162 patients who were to undergo carotid artery surgery. Split into three groups, they received either sunflower oil (omega-6), fish oil (omega-3) or a control group of neither. Average duration of treatment was 42 days.
Researchers concluded that reductions in non-fatal and fatal cardiovascular events associated with increased omega-3 fatty acid intake.” Reference: Lancet (Feb. 8, 2003). Vol. 361 (9356) pp. 477-85.
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