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By: Nicole Tate
Fish is a excellent source of protein and fatty acids that are important for the functioning of the heart. Fatty acids are important for the people who have a healthy heart and also those who are at high risk of cardiovascular disease. It is also good for those who are suffering from cardiovascular conditions like high blood pressure.
There are several ways in which omega 3 fish oil benefits the heart and this includes:
Reducing triglycerides
Reducing blood pressure
Decreasing the development of plaque in the blood vessels
Prevention of abnormal heart rhythms that is likely to lead to a heart attack
Reducing the risk of getting stroke and heart attack
Decreasing the risk of getting sudden death in cardiac patents
One of the major causes of stroke is plaques that are present in the arteries and this reduces the blood supply to the brain. When there is a reduction in the development of plaques, the risk of getting stroke is reduced. When the level of triglycerides is reduced in the body, the blood pressure is normalised because there is reduced resistance of blood flow in the blood vessels. Fish oil also helps with burning of fats in the body and this reduces the risk of stroke. A study that was recently done in the University of South Australia showed that it is preferable to combine both exercise and taking fish oil to help in burning of fats in the body. The study indicated that taking fish oil and participating in regular exercise helped in the reduction of body fats.
The heart association of America recommends that people should take at least two servings of fish every week. This is where by each serving is ¾ ounce of cooked or flaked fish. The fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids include mackerel, salmon, lake trout, sardines, albacore tuna and herring. It is also advisable for the people who do not like eating fish to take a fish oil supplement.
The daily recommended dosage of fish oil by American Heart Association is 3 grams daily. Patients are advised to avoid consuming more than the recommended dose unless advised by their doctor. Research has shown that omega -3 fish oil provides the body with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), essential fatty acids that help to lower the level of cholesterol in the body. This is important especially in people who are already suffering from cardiac conditions. These essential omega 3 fatty acids help to lower the risk of stroke, abnormal heart rhythms and elevated blood pressure in cardiac patients.

Nicole Tate writes for numerous health and nutrition blogs researching, testing and reviewing dietary supplements.

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