We all know that eating fish is good for our hearts. But what is it about fish that makes it more beneficial to the cardiovascular system than chicken or turkey? And are all fish equally beneficial, or are there some that are healthier to eat than others? What about fish oil and Omega 3, especially Nordic Natural’s Ultimate Omega?
Omega 3 – Fauna or Flora
Fish—particularly oily, cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, and anchovies—is rich in a specific type of fat found in few places other than the sea. These fats, known as the omega-3s EPA and DHA, are longer chain forms of their parent omega-3, ALA. While the shorter chain omega-3 ALA fats are found in many plant sources (flax and chia are two examples), they must first be converted to the longer-chain omega-3s EPA and DHA before our bodies can use them.
Fish, Yes – Humans Not So Much
Humans aren’t great at this conversion; fish are. Thus, eating a diet high in fish or fish oil is the most efficient way to obtain and accumulate these fats where they matter most: in our bodies’ cells. In the cardiovascular system, EPA and DHA function as important structural fats that enable cell movement and fluidity. DHA, so critical for brain function, is also found in endothelial wall tissue. But the influence of omega-3s on the health of our hearts extends far beyond their structural necessity. Omega-3s, specifically, have been shown to confer a significant cardioprotective effect.
Heart-en Not Your Heart to Fats
In the 1970s, a paradox emerged in the scientific literature. The prevailing wisdom at the time was that a diet high in animal fats was responsible for cardiovascular disease. Yet an astonishing new study seemed to indicate that a diet high in animal fat and animal proteins did not cause harm to the Inuit Eskimos who consumed it. Rather, it seemed to offer a unique cardiovascular benefit. Indeed, Eskimo deaths from cardiovascular disease were practically nonexistent. Since that groundbreaking observation, more and more studies began to confirm that certain fats are not necessarily bad for the heart, but are, in fact, necessary.
Most physicians and respected health organizations recommend that healthy adults consume between 500 and 1000 mg EPA and DHA daily to compensate for the lack of these important nutrients in the average diet. And many health practitioners say that anyone with heart health concerns should be consuming at least 2000 mg EPA and DHA per day. The bottom line: think fish or fish oil supplements to nourish your heart with the essential omega-3s EPA and DHA.
Ultimate Omega Fish Oil is a great way to get healthy Omega 3s. Consider Ultimate Omega with Vitamin D. Also, look for liquid Ultimate Omega in delicious lemon flavor. For greater potency, consider 2x Ultimate Omega. Also, don’t forget the gummies!
By Eliza Leggatt, Nordic Naturals Education Contributor
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