Omega-3: Preventing Heart Disease
It was 1970.
Jorn Dyerberg, Hans Olaf Bang and Aase Brondum Nielsen arrived in Greenland with the following facts:
- 5% of Eskimos die from heart disease.
- 40% of Americans die from heart disease.
It didn’t make sense.
After all, Eskimos (or Inuit as they prefer to be called) ate a poor diet with insufficient fruits and vegetables. And they ate a lot of fat.
Scientific research on Omega-3 and heart health.
When they tested the blood samples of 130 Inuit, everything was normal. Except for one thing. They found very high levels of “polyunsaturated fatty acids, EPA and DHA.” EPA and DHA are Omega-3 found in fish.
They concluded that the rarity of heart disease must be from the Omega-3 fats that the Inuit ate in abundance.
The science of Omega-3 was born.
Today, Dr. Jorn Dyerberg is considered the “father” of Omega-3.
“I have done some computing,” said Dr. Dyerberg in a recent interview with the online nutrition blog, Nutra Ingredients, “and since we published the first paper in 1971 there are now some 14,000 published papers on Omega-3, including close to 8,000 human studies.”
“The most pressing issue for the 21st Century is nutrition, with obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disorders all linked to diet. In that aspect, omega-3 will play a major role,” said Dr. Dyerberg.
14,000 studies and Counting
A majority of the 14,000 published papers have focused on heart health.
Research shows that Omega-3s:
- Decrease risk of irregular heart beats (arrhythmias), which can lead to sudden cardiac death
- Lower triglyceride levels
- Decrease growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque (a thick build up of fats inside the blood vessels)
- Reduce blood pressure (slightly)
- Reduce blood clotting
Omega-3 helps everyone’s hearts – the healthy or not. Almost every nutrition and scientific organization recommends that you eat fatty fish or take Omega-3 supplements to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The American Heart Association recommends 1000 mg of Omega-3 per day. OmegaVia provides exactly that – 1000 mg of Omega-3 in just one softgel.