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Fish Oil, Omega-3 and Preventing Heart Attacks

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While the terms "fatty" and "good for your heart" may seem contradictory, researchers say there's nothing fishy about the value for cardiac health of the Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil, seeds and nuts.

Eating one or two servings of fish per week can increase your intake of Omega-3 acids and reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Omega-3 acids must be absorbed through food because the body doesn't produce them, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish — particularly fatty varieties such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna or salmon — at least twice a week.

Other foods rich in Omega-3 acids include whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil and garlic, according to the UMMC.

Medical studies show the acids contained in Omega-3 fish oil reduce risk factors for heart attacks, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high triglycerides, another type of unhealthy fat. Fish oil also appears to help prevent or slow the hardening of the arteries, says the UMMC.

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Some fish, such as tilapia and catfish, don't appear to be as heart healthy because they contain higher levels of unhealthy fatty acids, according to the Mayo Clinic. People are encouraged to keep in mind that any fish can be unhealthy depending on how it's prepared, and noted that broiling or baking fish is a healthier option than deep-frying it.

Research suggests Omega-3 fatty acids help prevent abnormal heart rhythms following a heart attack or heart failure, according to WebMD. Still, a 2013 Italian study found fish oil supplements do little to prevent cardiac trouble in people who have risk factors for heart disease.

The researchers recommended those at risk for heart disease instead follow such standard practices as avoiding smoking, eating a healthy diet and getting exercise, according to WebMD.

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While the terms "fatty" and "good for your heart" may seem contradictory, researchers say there's nothing fishy about the value for cardiac health of the Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil, seeds and nuts.
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