Omega-3 Fatty Acids Offer Heart Protection in Multiple Ways

These healthy essential fats provide benefits whether consumed as supplements or from dietary sources.

If you take fish oil supplements or you make baked or broiled fish part of your regular diet, youre doing a great favor for your heart. Two recent studies have underscored the growing body of research linking omega-3 fatty acids to improved cardiovascular health. Omega-3 fatty acids are called essential fats because the body cannot produce them; they must be consumed from foods. In a study published in the May issue of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology: Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers found that taking omega-3 supplements along with two blood-thinning drugs helped change the blood-clotting process in patients with stents in their coronary arteries.
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