The connection between omega 3 intake and heart health is well documented and provides one of the most convincing reasons to supplement with omega 3. The health of our heart is multifaceted, and so if we want to give a helping hand to this crucial organ we need something that’s going to work in multiple ways. Luckily, there is a mountain of scientific research detailing the many mechanisms in which omega 3 can impact the health of our heart and overall cardiovascular system, making supplementing with omega 3 a small change that can make a big difference.
Reducing blood triglyceride levels1– usually in the range of 15 – 30% according to most studies. Triglycerides are not inherently bad – they are a fat that your body will use for energy. A high level of triglycerides in the blood however increases the risk of heart disease, a major cause of death worldwide.
Reducing high blood pressure2 – omega 3 can reduce blood pressure levels in people with high blood pressure (so it won’t reduce it if you’ve already got a healthy blood pressure level).
Raising HDL cholesterol levels3 – i.e. the good cholesterol levels. There are two types of cholesterol, LDL (Low Density Lipoproteins) and HDL (High Density Lipoproteins). Excess LDL cholesterol in your blood can lead to the build up of plaque on your artery walls – restricting blood flow and increasing the chance of blood clots that go on to cause heart attacks and strokes. The HDL cholesterol removes this “bad” LDL cholesterol from the blood and deposits it in the liver where it can be expelled from the body.
Plaque4 – by keeping the arteries smooth and free from damage, omega 3 helps prevent the plaque that can restrict and harden the arteries.