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Heart Failure Findings Favor Omega-3s over Statin Drug

Heart Failure Findings Favor Omega-3s over Statin Drug | Longevity science | Scoop.it

The American Heart Association and other leading health authorities recommend consuming fish oil and fatty fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, for two reasons:

 

1) To help prevent strokes and cardiovascular disease in healthy people.

 

2) To reduce the risk of stroke, sudden death, or a second heart attack among patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.

 

So consider salmon, mahi mahi, tilapia, or other sustainable fish for your summer grilling protein. They are delicious and will keep your heart healthy, your brain strong, and your eyesight sharp.

 

Sustainable fish guide: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/sfw_recommendations.aspx

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How EPA helps the heart

How EPA helps the heart | Longevity science | Scoop.it

How does fish oil protect the heart? The answer to this question has been elusive so far. Scientists know that omega-3 fatty acids exert an anti-inflammatory effect, but the mechanism had not been clearly followed.

 

A new study has now mapped the cellular process occurring after EPA supplementation and found that the nutrient blocks the cyclooxygenase enzyme (COX), which is a precursor to inflammation. COX produces hormones called prostaglandins, which cause inflammation in the body.

 

This is similar to the mechanism of aspirin, which blocks COX-2 signaling, thereby reducing inflammation and pain.

 

Ref: Norris PC, Dennis EA. “Omega-3 fatty acids cause dramatic changes in TLR4 and purinergic eicosanoid signaling.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 May 14. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22586114

 

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