Fish Oil Reduces Heart-Related Illness
Fish oil and its high level of omega-3 fatty acids, has been proven reduce the risk of some forms of cancer and lessen the effects of depression and other mental disorders. Omega-3 fats can also help with some forms of skin problems and has been reported to ward off Alzheimer’s disease. Now there are heart benefits to defeat heart-related illness as well.
An omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) study was conducted by Italian researchers to test the benefits of fish oil to defeat heart-related illness. They enlisted more than 7,000 people who had been diagnosed with heart failure, a condition in which the heart becomes enlarged and loses its ability to effectively pump blood around the body. Half of the participants were given a daily capsule of omega-3, in addition to their other daily medications, while the other half took a placebo. They were followed for an average of four years to reveal how heart-related illness can be reduced, during which 1,981 of the group taking omega-3 died of heart failure or were admitted to the hospital with cardiovascular problems, compared to 2,053 of the placebo group.
In a parallel study, the same team studied heart failure rates of 2,285 patients who were given the statin rosuvastatin, also known as Crestor, while 2,289 were given a placebo. After tracking the patients for an average of four years, the doctors found little difference in the death rate between the two groups as heart-related illness possibilities is lessen. When they compared the results from both studies, the researchers concluded that omega-3 is slightly more effective than the drug because it performed better against a placebo. “Our study shows that the long-term administration of 1g per day of omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acid was effective in reducing both all-cause mortality and admissions to hospital for cardiovascular reasons,” said Professor Luigi Tavazzi from the research centre of the of the Italian Association of Hospital Cardiologists based in Florence.
This study confirms the results of previous studies of defeating heart-related illness that investigated the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.