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Consuming Omega-3 Fats Better For Your Health Than Having a Defibrillator Close By

Ifyou've spent any time in a major airport or shopping mall over the pastyear, you've probably noticed signs pointing to automated externaldefibrillators, placed strategically to assist patients and caregiversin the event of a sudden heart attack. However, does their availabilityreally protect your health?

You may be surprised to learn consuming foods rich in omega-3 fatty acidsare far more effective in preventing sudden death than the availabilityof any defibrillator based on a computer-simulated community of 100,000resembling the population of Olmsted County, Minn., in 2000.

In fact, raising a patient's omega-3 levels naturally was about eight times more effective than having an external defibrillator close at hand and two times better than having an implanted defibrillator. Overall, the external defibrillator lowered death rates by less than 1 percent.

The benefit of omega-3 fats in preventing sudden death: Creating a healthier balance of omega-3 ratios closer to 1:1 than the Western diet tipped far too dangerously toward omega-6 fats at 20:1.

Your best source for omega-3 fatty acids is one of the most safest and natural: Taking a high quality fish or krill oil daily.

Science Daily August 29, 2006

Newswise August 29, 2006