For years, we’ve seen advertisements for fish-oil. Most of them promote the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. But what exactly are they? And what is fish oil’s effect on the heart?
Fish contain unsaturated fatty acids. The most beneficial nutrient in unsaturated fatty acids is called omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids are a type of acid that may reduce inflammation. Inflammation in the body can damage your blood vessels and lead to heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes.
Omega-3 fatty acids have shown a number of benefits when added to the diet. They have a number of health benefits which may decrease triglycerides, lower blood pressure slightly, and reduce blood clotting. They may also decrease stroke and heart failure risk and reduce irregular heartbeats.
What Kind and How Much?
Fatty fish contain the most omega-3 fatty acids. These oily fish include salmon, lake trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, and tuna. However, many types of seafood actually contain a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids.
For adults, medical professionals recommend at least two servings of omega-3-rich fish a week. A serving size is roughly the size of a deck of cards. Studies have shown that this amount appears to reduce the risk of heart disease, particularly sudden cardiac death.
“Um…I’m Vegetarian (or Don’t Eat Fish)”: Dietary Supplementation
If you’re someone who doesn’t eat fish, you can still get your omega-3s through fish oil supplements and omega-3 supplements:
- Ribose: A key nutrient for quickly restoring energy. It is needed to synthesize certain vitamins and other important cellular compounds.
- CoQ10: Plays a central role in the production of ATP. It’s required for muscle contraction and other cellular processes.
- Carnitine: Supports the heart by the delivery of fat to the heart muscle which is its main fuel source.
Heart Health and Chiropractic Care
Studies show a significant improvement in blood pressure when chiropractors adjust the 1st vertebra, called the Atlas. Chiropractic care also improves nerve function of the heart and decrease blood markers of inflammation. And did you know that evidence suggests chiropractic adjustments benefit those with asthma and emphysema? Poor lung function is linked to heart failure. Natural restoration of the lungs through chiropractic treatment helps repair that function.
Zock Chiropractic Would Love to Help!
If you have heart concerns, then please discuss them with Dr. Zock. She can help evaluate your lifestyle and help you understand your options! Contact our office in Cranberry to schedule an introductory session and provide you with a happy and healthy 2019!
* This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please contact a medical professional for advice.