Omega 3's May Prevent & Reduce Heart Disease
You know that taking omega-3 supplements and eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (like fish, avocados, walnuts) is good for everything from brain health to beautiful skin. Several studies have also recently focused on the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on reducing inflammation found in heart disease.
For this new research from Brazil, people with Chagas disease-related heart problems (an illness caused by a parasite carried by insects that often leads to heart failure later in life) were studied. Scientists investigated the effects of fish oil omega 3's on both amount of inflammation and fats in the blood of the patients. Subjects were randomly chosen to get omega-3 from fish oil capsules (containing 1.8g EPA and 1.2g DHA) for 8-weeks.
Of the 42 men and women included in the study, the ones getting omega-3 for 8 weeks had lower amounts of triglycerides (fats) in their blood, and substantially higher IL-10 levels (Interleukin 10, secreted by cells in the immune system, reduces inflammation) compared to others. No other differences were found. The researchers felt that supplementing with fish-based omega-3 fatty acids may favourably affect levels of fats and inflammation, and both of these increase heart attack risks in people who have cardiomyopathy (heart muscle problems).
(Paula Simplício da Silva, Mauro Felippe Felix Mediano, et al., “Omega-3 supplementation on inflammatory markers in patients with chronic cardiomyopathy: a randomized clinical study,” Nutrition Journal, June 2017, 16:36, Instituto Nacional de Infectologia Evandro Chagas, Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)