There have been many scientific trials completed to and try to evaluate the benefits of omega 3 for the heart. They have found that when a heart is experiencing ventricular fibrillation, the contracting of the heart muscles of the ventricles chambers, it can be the cause of a fatal heart attack. The contractions are off and they start to quiver instead of contract as they are meant to. If this is not stopped , the result can be cardiac arrest in a patient and death. Omega 3 fatty acids have been found to stop this ventricular fibrillation in animal studies. These animal were undergoing heart attacks. Scientist feel that if humans get enough omega 3 in their diet, that it could also stop ventricular fibrillation in humans. Ventricular fibrillation is one of the top causes of death in people having a heart attack. Taking omega 3 may prevent these deaths.
They have also found that if a man would eat fish at least once a week or maybe more, that he would have a 50% less chance of having a fatal heart attack than a man who ate fish only once a month. They took notes of the blood levels of omega 3 found in men who had died of a fatal heart attack. They then compared the results to living men who are of the same age group and smoke or have other similar habits. They discovered that the men who had higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids in their blood levels ran an 80% less chance of having a fatal heart attack. Even though their lifestyles were very similar to others that had died. Typically if they had a high level of omega 3 fatty acids in their blood, it was due to them eating at least one serving of fish a week.
Women, if they eat fish once a week have a 29% less chance of developing heart problems than a woman who eats fish very seldom. If they ate fish 5 times a week, they had a 34% less chance of developing heart disease. They also had 45% less chance of having a fatal heart attack. Seems like women have to eat more fish than a man and still only have as much as 45% reduction in chances of having a heart attack, where men achieve an 80% chance.
The scientific evidence points towards there being a benefit of omega 3 and the prevention of ventricular fibrillation.
When testing a group who had eaten the Mediterranean diet, they found there was at least a 50% less chance of having a fatal heart attack or second heart attacks. While a group of people eating a Western diet didn’t fare as well. The Mediterranean diet is richer in the omega 3 fatty acids. The Mediterranean diet consist of more monounsaturated fats, more fruits, vegetables and nuts along with fish.
The test found that omega 3 was good for preventing a sudden fatal heart attack but it does not stop you from having future heart attacks. The Mediterranean diet is good for preventing fatal heart attacks and also preventing you from having additional heart attacks.
Eating a Mediterranean diet is difficult if you live in the United States. The supply of cold water oily fish isn’t as easy to get. There are frozen varieties that say they contain omega 3, I have yet to find one that contains much. Fresh fish is much more difficult to get. We can still eat the vegetables, the fruits, nuts and try and watch our fats. Monounsaturated ones are the fats we need. Stay clear of trans fats and saturated fats.
The studies are in. The results are to try and add more fish to your diet. If not, then you need to try and eat some of the other food groups that give you omega 3 also. No matter what, we need to work more omega 3 into our diets. Eat fish more than once a month.
If you cannot get enough omega 3, there are supplements. If you decide to take supplements, and are on any other type of medications, please speak with your doctor first. A lot of medications don’t mix well with other items.