They're great for your heart!
Omega-3 fatty acids can help lower your risk of heart disease. The ways they help the heart include:
- Reducing inflammation in the blood vessels
- Improving blood flow
- Lowering your heart rate
- Helping to prevent arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms)
- Lowering your level of triglycerides (a blood fat linked to heart disease)
- Slowing plaque buildup in your blood vessels
In addition, if you’ve suffered a heart attack, your doctor may prescribe a dose of omega-3s to protect your heart. Some studies, such as this one from The American Heart Association, have shown that boosting levels of omega-3 in heart attack survivors results in fewer heart attacks and fewer heart disease deaths.
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