Omega-3s Benefit Those at High Heart Risk
Eating the omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines can reduce the risk of heart disease in at least one in four high-risk Americans. Researchers combined results from 34 studies involving nearly 1 million people. Among people with high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, those consuming the greatest amount of foods containing omega-3s reduced their risk for heart disease and death by 14 to 16 percent. And overall, those who consumed the most oily fish fats had a slightly lower risk for heart disease—by about 6 percent—than did those who ate the lowest amounts.
Source: Mayo Clinic Proceedings, published online Jan. 3, 2017