What Does Omega-3 do for your heart?
“Omega-3 can slow the build-up of plaque in the arteries - the build up that can cause blockages. They also reduce the risk of an irregular heartbeat, help maintain normal blood pressure and decrease triglyceride levels when needed.”
And what are the triglyceride levels?
“Triglycerides are a form of dietary fat found in meats, dairy products and cooking oils. Your liver also makes triglycerides. They are used for one of two purposes. They are either taken up by cells and used for energy, or they can be stored as fat. But after eating a meal that’s rich in triglycerides, it takes a long time for those things to pass. One of the key things is, we often get too much triglyceride in our diets.”
And what effect does that have?
“It can increase the risk of heart disease basically.”
How does Omega-3 DHA and EPA help?
“Omega-3 in those correct forms, DHA and EPA, are proven to contribute to the maintenance of healthy levels of triglycerides. If the triglyceride level is too high, they will to help to bring it down, creating the right balance.”
So Omega-3 has a vital role to play in heart health for a number of reasons. Which leads us on to asking where we should be getting Omega-3 from, how much we need and the best sources.