Omega-3 & Your Heart: The Strongest Evidence to Date

Omega-3 levels were associated with living an extra 2 years, according to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health and University of Washington. Because “few interventions substantially influence your lifespan later in life,” this study demonstrates that it is more important than ever to consume omega-3. 

The ground-breaking study found that omega-3 fatty acids, mostly found in fish, can significantly support heart health and may guard against cardiovascular disease. 

With the New Zealand Heart Foundation ‘How’s Your Engine’ campaign in full swing, Nordic Naturals Global Educator Stuart Tomc remarked the study demonstrates the strong scientific evidence to date that omega-3 fatty acids support heart health. 

“This important research found people with the highest bloods levels of omega-3s lived an average of 2.2 years longer than their counterparts with lower levels,” Tomc said. 

The study examined data across 16 years on 2,700 participants aged 65 or older, who were surveyed in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Cardiovascular Health Study. 

“In this study, researchers used blood biomarkers to measure omega-3 levels and expanded the focus of study beyond heart health alone. This study also looked at lifespan and mortality rates.”

Given that one Kiwi dies every 90 minutes from heart disease now is a great time to kick start simple lifestyle changes. 

“The study shows that reducing your risk of heart disease may be as simple as including omega-3 fish oil in your diet and getting active with daily exercise,” Tomc said. 

“Placebo-controlled clinical trials have shown daily intake of the two main omega-3s: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) for almost a year helped support cardiovascular health”. 

“Omega-3s in fish oil have been known to provide nutritional support for a healthy cardiovascular system” Tomc said. Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega contains the highest concentration of triglyceride form of omega-3 EPA, which research indicates is shown to support cardiovascular health and high levels of DHA which supports brain health. It presents convenient and effective way to obtain your daily dosage of omega-3.

*Plasma Phospholipid Long-Chain ω-3 Fatty Acids and Total and Cause-Specific Mortality in Older Adults: A Cohort Study. Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH; Rozenn N. Lemaitre, PhD, MPH; Irena B. King, PhD; Xiaoling Song, PhD; Hongyan Huang, PhD; Frank M. Sacks, MD; Eric B. Rimm, ScD; Molin Wang, PhD; and David S. Siscovick, MD, MPH 

Heart Foundation of New Zealand 

S. Nodari et al., “Effects of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on left ventricular function and functional capacity in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy,” J Am Coll Cardiol, 57:870-79, 2011.