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Research shows fish oil's heart health benefits.

A review of 30 years of research shows that fish oils, specifically the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, offer cardiovascular benefits to healthy people as well as those with heart disease. The research, published in the Aug. 3 online issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, showed that the benefit can be as much as a 30-percent reduction in the risk of total mortality, coronary heart disease mortality and cardiovascular mortality. Researchers strongly urged the use of fish oils in the treatment of heart failure patients, in particular. They also suggested that healthy people consume the equivalent of 500 mg per day of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)--equal to around two fatty fish (such as salmon) meals per week. Patients with known HF or CHD should consume closer to 800 to 1,000 mg per day, researchers advised.

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Title Annotation:HEAT BEAT
Publication:Heart Advisor
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2009
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