Fish oil can do wonders for your cardiovascular health. But the effects on blood pressure, heart rate, and hardening or obstructed arteries are only part of the benefits. Read on to learn more about the research on fish oil, heart disease, and cardiac events.
Kobe University in Japan conducted a massive randomized and controlled study on 18,645 high-cholesterol patients over the course of five years.1 At the end of the five years, the patients taking EPA omega-3 with statins had experienced a rate of major coronary events 19% lower than the patients who were taking statins only. The EPA group also experienced significantly fewer instances of unstable angina (severe chest pain caused by insufficient blood flow to the heart) and non-fatal coronary events.
Many years ago, a senior executive at a petroleum company came to me for his annual health checkup. Slightly overweight, he traveled regularly, didn’t have much time for exercise, and often he ate out. In addition, he smoked a couple of cigarettes daily.
Since he was in his late forties, he still hadn’t experienced any major medical problems. Still, he was concerned that he might have high cholesterol, and insisted it should be measured. This was before cholesterol-lowering statins were available on the market. While I told him that we would take a blood sample as part of his exam, I asked him to consider the following question: How would he respond to the results? Read More
A dentist tests his physician's advice to improve his lipid profile. Other fish oils didn't significantly improve his health, so why would Barry Walpert consider Omega Cure? After seeing his triglycerides and LDL cholesterol numbers plummet by almost 50 percent, Barry says he has become an Omega Cure believer.
Anyone with hypertension should sit up and take notice at the mention of fish oil.
Hypertension is the single strongest risk factor for future cardiovascular events (e.g. heart attack, stroke or sudden heart death), and is a major factor in hardening of the arteries, leading to reduced brain blood circulation and mental decline as we grow older. More and more research is demonstrating how omega-3 fish oil can influence both blood pressure and heart rate, resulting in improvement in arterial flexibility. Read more
Any doctor will tell you that for cardiovascular health, fish oil should be part of your regimen. Part of its wonderful effects in this area come from fish oil's ability to help prevent the thickening and hardening of arteries (arteriosclerosis) and the buildup of plaque in arteries (atherosclerosis).
An Australian article summarizing the more established cardiovascular benefits of omega-3 fatty acids noted that "improvements in [...] arterial compliance [flexibility] and vascular function," among many other factors, seemed to be a major component of fish oil's cardioprotective effects... Read more