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Yes to Fish Oil Says AHA, Lots of It!

From eNewsletter 6/15/2022

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Yes to Fish Oil Says AHA

Steve: For the second consecutive week, a medical journal, in this case American Heart Association's Journal of the American Heart Association, published a study lauding a complementary and alternative medicine modality. In this instance, fish oil was showered with praise for its beneficial effect lowering blood pressure. The authors of the study purport that about 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) per day appears to be the optimal dose for reducing blood pressure. Moreover, they suggest this amount can be attained through either consumption of dietary supplements or food. How wonderful is that to see! There are several caveats that need to be elucidated regarding the 3 grams of omega-3's daily.

  • This study was performed on those who had high blood pressure to start with, thus...

  • 3 grams of omega-3 daily is not for everyone. 1-2 grams is usually enough for healthy persons. You should always consult with a knowledgable health professional before changing your omega-3 dosage.

  • If you are on blood thinning medication or blood thinning supplements, you need to be careful about how much omega-3 you consume.

Omega-3 Content in Fish (per 4 ounce serving): Choose wild caught fish if possible. 1 Gram (g) or More Anchovies Herring Mackerel (Atlantic & Pacific) Oysters (Pacific) Salmon (Atlantic, Chinook, Coho) Sardines (Atlantic & Pacific) Trout 500 Milligrams (mg) - 1 g Alaskan Pollock Barramundi Crab Mussels Salmon (Chum, Pink & Sockeye) Sea Bass Squid Tuna (Albacore/White) Walleye 250 mg to 500 mg Catfish Clams Flounder/Sole Grouper Halibut Mackerel (King) Perch Rockfish Snapper Tuna (Skipjack) Less than 250 mg Cod Crayfish Haddock Lobsters Mahi Mahi Shrimp Scallops Tilapia Tuna (Yellowfin) *Chart courtesy of Seafood Nutrition Partnership Other Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids Egg Yolk (one omega-3 infused provides DHA only, not EPA) - 1.5 grams Nuts, nut oils, vegetable oils, chia seeds and flaxseed go into the body as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and need to be enzymatically broken down into EPA and DHA. Almost half of the human population do not sufficiently genetically break down ALA into EPA and DHA. Thus, performing a genetic analysis through our office or other practitioner is warranted so you now how well you break down ALA. This warrants how much omega-3 you really need. Details of AHA study Compared to adults who did not consume EPA and DHA, those who consumed between 2 and 3 grams daily of combined DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids (in supplements, food or both) had reduced systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number) blood pressure by an average 2 mm Hg. Consuming more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids daily may have added blood pressure-lowering benefit for adults with high blood pressure or high blood lipids: At 3 grams a day of omega-3s, systolic blood pressure (SBP) decreased an average of 4.5 mm Hg for those with hypertension, and about 2 mm Hg on average for those without.

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