Omega-3 is Essential for Maintaining Health, Here’s How to Incorporate It

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2. Essential nutrient

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential nutrients that are important in preventing and managing heart disease. Research findings have shown that omega-3 fatty acids may help to:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce triglycerides
  • Slow the development of plaque in the arteries
  • Reduce the chance of abnormal heart rhythm
  • Reduce the likelihood of heart attack and stroke
  • Lessen the chance of sudden cardiac death in people with heart disease

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that everyone eats fish (particularly fatty, coldwater fish) at least twice a week. Salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, lake trout, and tuna are especially high in omega-3 fatty acids. While foods are your best source for getting omega-3s in your diet, fish oil supplements are also available. If you have heart disease or high triglyceride levels, you may need even more omega-3 fatty acids. Ask your doctor if you should take higher doses of these fatty acid supplements to get the omega-3s you need.