Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that is found naturally in fish (such as salmon or tuna) and walnuts and soybeans. Recently, omega-3 has been added to foods such as margarine and eggs in an effort to bolster the foods’ heart health capabilities. But this has not proven to be as effective as the real thing.
From Red Orbit:
“A new study has shown that patients with a history of heart attacks who eat omega-3 enriched margarine in addition to their standard prescription drugs appear to have no difference in their chances of having a repeat attack than using drugs alone.
A 40-month study of more than 4,800 patients between 60 and 80 years old showed that receiving low doses of omega-3 fatty acids in margarine did not greatly reduce rates of serious heart attacks and other cardiovascular events, researchers said on Sunday.”
This does NOT mean that getting more omega-3 has no value. Multiple studies have shown that natural factors (mainly fish oil) reduce the chance of heart disease. It remains a good idea to eat one or two servings of fish per week.
For the full article on Red Orbit’s website, click here.
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