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Eat oily fish to reduce heart disease risk

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Coronary heart disease is responsible for more than 73,000 deaths a year in Britain, killing about one in six men and one in 10 women however new research has shown that ensuring oily fish is part of your diet could both slash the risk of heart disease by almost a fifth and reduce cholesterol levels. 

Omega-3 EPA and HDA proven to cut cholesterol

Scientists analysed data from 34 studies of more than 800,000 subjects with their research concluding that just one gram per day of two types of omega-3 oil, EPA and DHA, could reduce coronary heart disease among those at highest risk and help cut high levels of cholesterol.

Dr Dominik Alexander, of the EpidStat Institute in Michigan, said: “What makes this paper unique is, it looked at the effects of EPA and DHA on coronary heart disease specifically."

Further adding that the research told “a compelling story about the importance of EPA and DHA omega-3s for cardiovascular health.” 

Victoria Taylor, of the British Heart Foundation, said: “Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, devastating the lives of millions of people each year. 

Consuming Omega-3 positively impacts your heart health

“Reducing your risk is vital and improving your diet is one of the ways you can do this. “Research has shown that eating fish, particularly oily fish like sardines and salmon, can have a positive impact on your heart health as part of a balanced diet – and it’s a simple change that you can make.” 

Dr Harry Rice, from the Global Organisation for EPA and DHA Omega-3s, said: “There are important public health implications in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.

“We are encouraged by the results of this comprehensive analysis. 

“It’s also important that the observed risk reductions were even stronger in patients with elevated cholesterol levels.” 

Despite it being such a superstar when it comes to boosting your health, few people meet the recommended intake of oily fish - we eat just one third of a portion per week on average.

If you're one of those struggling to meet the recommended quota why not try a supplement.

A healthy balanced diet is the best way to consume all the nutrients we need. Sometimes however this isn't possible and then supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying any supplements or herbal medicines.