A group of American doctors have found “compelling evidence” that eating fish – and especially oily fish – does reduce deaths from heart attacks.
They are now recommending that everyone should increase their Omega-3 intake whether through fish or fish oils.
Dr Carl Lavie, from the Ochsner Medical Centre in New Orleans, who led the review, said “This isn’t just hype – we now have tremendous and compelling evidence from very large studies, some dating back 20 and 30 years, that demonstrate the protective benefits of omega-3 fish oil in multiple aspects of preventative cardiology.
“The strongest evidence of a cardioprotective effect of omega 3’s appears in patients with established cardiovascular disease and following a heart attack – with up to a 30 percent reduction in cardiovascular-related death”. Most fish contains some Omega-3, but the highest concentration is found in oily varieties like salmon, herring, mackerel and sardines.
The New Orleans studies have found that fatty acids work from inside the membranes of cells and may help to improve the heart’s electrical activity and blood pressure.
It has also been claimed in other studies that fish can protect against certain types of cancer and blindness and can help people with mental health problems. In America a huge new long term study involving over 20,000 people has been launched into the health benefits of fish oils.
Fishupdate.com. August 2008. Fish oils route to good health claim doctors. Accessed at www.fishupdate.com/news