Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements

There is never a dull moment when it comes to fish oil and fish oil supplements. The subject matter this time is a review published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine.

According to the review, the regular intake of Omega 3 supplements was instrumental in preventing the death of at least one in ten patients who were suffering from heart failure.

It was also observed that there was a reduction in regular hospital admissions due to related symptoms such as breathlessness and fluid retention.

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In all, seven thousand patients took part in this Italian study which monitored the progress of the disease over four and half years. Those taking purified fish oil had a 9% less chance of mortality; moreover, there was an 8% fall in hospital admissions.

Omega 3 fatty acids are members of a series of essential unsaturated fatty acids, which means that they contain molecules that cannot be produced by the body on its own and must be consumed.

The connection with fish oil is that cold water oily fish like salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies are the most widely available dietary sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. Other rich sources of Omega 3 fatty acids include soya beans, rapeseed oil, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts.

However, for deriving maximum benefits, patients need to take fish oil supplements regularly for two years. This suggests that it is important for people with a heart condition to take a daily dose of the same.

Almost 700,000 people in Britain suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease, and nearly 58,000 new cases of heart failure are registered every year. What is more worrying is that survival rates are worse than some types of cancer such as breast and prostate cancer. This translates into a situation where 10,000 lives can be saved if 500,000 patients were to take Omega 3 supplements on a regular basis.

The positive results of the study have resulted in a change in government guidelines with regards to recommendations for people with heart problems. In UK, there is already a recommendation in NHS by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence which promotes the well-known belief that Omega 3 supplements can prevent the onset of a second heart attack.

Besides providing cardiovascular benefits, Omega 3 fatty acids yield other benefits as well. They have a positive effect on inflammatory responses and prevent and relieve painful conditions like arthritis.

These fats also help in reducing the formation of internal blood clots. Research has also established that Omega 3 fatty acids provide relief from depression, bipolar disorder, and psychosis.

Regular consumption of these fatty acids by pregnant and nursing mothers can have a great impact on the mental health of their babies, and in adults, Omega 3 improves memory, reasoning and focus.