Why Omega 3 Fatty Acids Are Good For Your Heart

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Heart disease and heart attacks have become a leading cause of death in our society today. Obesity, stress, and lack of proper exercise and sleep all contribute to the risks of suffering from heart disease or having a heart attack. However, ensuring that you get a healthy dose of omega 3 fatty acids can help keep your heart healthy even in this fast paced world.

Until a few generations ago, most people ate some type of fatty fish on a regular basis. However, pollution and toxins that found their way into the water made eating fish dangerous due to high levels of mercury and arsenic. So people quit eating fish fearing for their health. However, the lack of these fatty fish in the diet also meant a lack of essential fatty acids mainly omega 3 fats. These good fats are needed by every cell in the body, but they must be gotten through the food that you consume and the largest and healthiest source of omega 3 comes from fatty fish.

Without omega 3 fatty acids the body just is neither as healthy as it should be, nor does it function as well as it should. Studies show that with healthy amounts of omega-3 people feel more stressed and anxious, have a more difficult time maintaining a healthy weight, and they may have a more difficult time keeping their blood glucose, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels within normal limits. These are all things than can and often does contribute to high blood pressure and eventually result in heart disease or a heart attack.

While there are a number of things that can increase your risk of having a heart attack, the one thing that has been proven to be consistently effective in helping to protect your heart are those omega 3 fatty acids. Here are just a few of the ways these essential fats can help to protect your heart.

  • Omega-3 can reduce your stress and anxiety levels helping you to feel more relaxed and less stressed. When people are stressed their blood pressure levels elevate. If stress is not reduced then over time that high blood pressure can result in a heart attack or stroke. By keeping those stress levels in check, you protect your heart by keeping blood pressure limits normal.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids may help reduce your risk of obesity and obesity related diseases including heart disease and diabetes. Omega 3 has been shown to help reduce insulin levels which can help you maintain a healthier weight as it is the insulin in your body that is responsible for turning that excess energy into fat and storing it and then making it more difficult for you to burn the bad fat you have stored. By controlling insulin levels in your blood omega 3 fatty acids may make it easier for you to maintain a healthy weight. In addition, these good fats also may help raise metabolism levels slightly which results in the burning of calories faster. Both of these things combined with a reasonably healthy diet can help you maintain a healthy weight. ( It should be noted however, that if you have uncontrolled diabetes omega 3 may actually raise blood glucose levels so consult your doctor before taking omega 3 supplements if you have been diagnosed with diabetes.)
  • Omega 3 fatty acids have also been proven to reduce triglyceride levels in blood. Since high triglyceride levels have been linked to the building up of plague along artery walls, it is important to keep those triglyceride levels low.

Getting Those Omega 3 Fatty Acids Without Eating Fish

If you are wondering how to get the needed omega 3 without risking the contaminants found in fish then you may want to try taking a fish oil supplement. These supplements are processed in such a way to remove toxins, leaving the omega-3 fatty acids that are so beneficial to your health. However, you want to make sure that you choose a high quality fish oil supplement that contains no fillers or synthetic additives and are high in EPA and DHA as these are two most important omega 3s for your health.

 

 

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