Lifestyle choices play an important role in reducing your risk of heart disease. Getting plenty of exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, watching your cholesterol intake, knowing your blood pressure and treating high blood pressure promptly are key elements to heart health.
Obviously eating a heart-healthy diet is another important lifestyle choice. Multiple medical studies have indicated that dietary intake of the recommended amounts of DHA and EPA which are found in fish oil, can reduce your risk of death, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythms, and stroke. There is also evidence that fish oil slows the buildup of atherosclerotic plaques and lowers blood pressure slightly.
The Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil also have protective properties in the brain and improve cognitive function. Fish oil may also hold some health benefits for those suffering from arthritis.
Although there may be some concerns about environmental contamination with some species of fish, fish oil supplements are readily available and contain the essential omega-3 fatty acids that are an important component of your heart-healthy diet.
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