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How Fish Oil Protects Your Heart

I know this article from the British Medical Journal is nearly a year old but still felt this piece, an overview which outlines the ways fish oil protects your body against coronary disease, remains extremely relevant and includes some great charts and illustrations. (Besides, the original source material is available as a free PDF!)

The perspective of this article mirrors my own opinions about the use of fish oil as an natural alternative -- along with a healthy diet -- to protect your heart, instead of conventional medicine's all too common "band aid" approach that focuses on toxic drugs that treat specific symptoms and never the root cause of the problem.

How fish oil, chock full of good for you omega-3 fatty acids, works as a mechanism to protect your heart:

  • Antiarrhythmic
  • Antithrombotic
  • Antiatherosclerotic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Improves endothelial function
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers triglyceride concentrations

The important thing to remember about taking fish oil this excellent piece doesn't cover: Because most fish of all varieties have high levels of mercury -- a tasteless and toxic heavy metal -- it's vital you find a fish oil source free from impurities.

BMJ 2004;328:30-35 (3 January) Free PDF download

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