Omega-3 fatty acids: If they don’t help prevent Heart Disease what are they good for?

In a stunning reversal of previously held opinions on omega-3 fatty acids and their heart health benefits, a study by Evangelos C. Rizos, M.D., Ph.D., of the University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece refutes the age old findings about heart health and fish oil supplements.

As published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s September 12th edition, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and their derivatives have not been shown to lower risk factors for heart attack or stroke, sudden death, or cardiac arrest.

With 70,000 patients participating in the study, the authors stated, “In conclusion, omega-3 PUFAs are not statistically significantly associated with major cardiovascular outcomes across various patient populations. Our findings do not justify the use of omega-3 as a structured intervention in everyday clinical practice or guidelines supporting dietary omega-3 PUFA administration.”

Now it has been generally acknowledged for many years that omega-3 fatty acid supplements, like fish oil and the super fruit, acai berry were thought to help promote and maintain a healthy heart. And we do know that they aid in digestion, and have blood thinning properties. But if they don’t promote heart health and limit the risks of heart disease recurrence, what are they good for?

Weight loss comes to mind.

With childhood obesity a grave concern these days, and 35.7 percent of the adult U.S. population being obese as well, there is a large segment of the population who are trying to find the best, fastest, and most painless way to lose weight. Most have met with failure while others have no problem losing the pounds. If you are one of the many who are constantly having problems with this issue, let me tell you about a fruit from the South America called the acai berry, and how it can help you lose weight successfully.

Let’s not pretend that the acai berry and all the products based on the fruit are not, and should not be considered as the miracle products of the age. These will not make all your body’s problematical areas become trim and sculpted in a heartbeat. However, if you know precisely how this dark purple berry works once you have consumed it, then you might utilize that knowledge to speed up the pound shedding process and get that sculpted muscle look you’ve been wanting.

Also worth remembering is the fact that it probably took some years for obese people to attain the extended weight they now carry, and it will take more than a little while for them to lose it. This is why fad diets don’t work. And if you take time to lose it slowly, while modifying your overall diet plan, it will stay off.

Aside from containing high fiber content and having the richest source of antioxidants, natural acai berry contains high levels of omega fatty acids. These fatty acids can help suppress appetite and give you boosts of energy that can aid in digestion and speed up the fat burning process. How is this possible? Let us take this one point at a time.

Naturally derived acai berry contains enough omega fatty acids to control blood sugar or glycerine. Uncontrolled intake of sweets and carbohydrates usually lead to an increase in the glycerine level of the blood. In turn, this increases the body’s craving for more food and more sweets. Unfortunately, the more the person eats, the higher the level of glycerine becomes and the more difficult it is to stop eating. Needless to say, this leads to the steady gain of weight, particularly around the midsection where most of the adipose tissues are located.

And when taken in the proper amounts, naturally occurring acai berry helps stabilize and even lower the glycerine level in the blood. This helps lessen the person’s “need” to eat, and may even curb that craving for sweets and junk food. This property of the omega fatty acids, combined with the high fiber content of the acai berry actually helps the person lessen his or her calorie intake by curbing unintended “hunger pangs.” Since the person is lessening his or her calorie consumption, the body is then free to process the calories that are already in the body. Given time, a controlled diet, and some exercise to boost the calorie process faster, this would eventually lead to steady weight loss.

Numerous research studies have shown that omega fatty acids, particularly omega 3, help improve the circulation of blood, by thinning the blood plasma. The carotid arteries are especially sensitive to the presence of bad cholesterol in the blood, and its natural response is to constrict its vessels. This process makes the person’s bodily function slow down to some degree. In turn, the person has a longer time processing food and burn off unwanted pounds.

By using the proper amounts of omega fatty acid supplements in the diet, the LDL’s are lessened, which also leads to the lessening of the carotid arteries’ vessel constriction. This improvement in the blood flow helps speed up almost all bodily function, especially digestion, and losing weight WILL promote a healthy heart.

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8 Responses to "Omega-3 fatty acids: If they don’t help prevent Heart Disease what are they good for?"

  1. Jacqueline T. Women to Women Contributor   October 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    There is so much research out there that shows Omega 3s are helpful, so are we throwing out the baby with the bathwater? That said, O3s are extremely helpful for depression.

    • GM   October 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      They are also good for weight loss, as I indicated in the article.

  2. Timothy Green   October 8, 2012 at 6:03 am

    The real omega 3 benefits are quite confusing for some individuals because of the controversies regarding its health advantages. There are many sources of these fatty acids that can help the people in improving their health. In addition, this fatty acid has also been stated that it can treat different types of diseases as well.

  3. kralneezy   September 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    This has nothing to do with the FDA. it has to do with the media (much like this very article) that jumps up and reports, as fact, the most recent announcement from the white lab coats, no matter what that announcement is. Secondly it has to do with consumers who haven’t learned over the course of their lives that none of these supplements/food trends are a panacea. While they are likely do SOME good, they are not going to cure their aversion to physical exercise and their daily trip to McDonald’s to shut up the screaming kids.

  4. Walt Thiessen   September 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    “However, if you know precisely how this dark purple berry works once you have consumed it, then you might utilize that knowledge to speed up the pound shedding process and get that sculpted muscle look you’ve been wanting.”

    Other than the researchers themselves, what people can be evidentially shown to know precisely how this dark purple berry works? In fact, it can be reasonably argued that even the researchers themselves don’t know how it works.

    Take all claims, and cures, in moderation.

  5. Norman   September 12, 2012 at 11:54 am

    FDA asleep at the wheel, anyone in a white coat can make a claim and promote a product, milking people out of their money, then someone discovers, it was all a lie. How many times have the media reported contradictory reports on coffee, vitamins, food supplements and other snake oil remedies? If FDA did its duty and US/State AGs did their job, a lot of consumer money/health will be saved. But that is against free enterprise system, right? Buyer beware?

    • GM   September 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      You are correct Norman. And let’s not even mention Global Warming. LOL. Enjoy!

      • Al Abastor   September 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm

        The other option is to bury your head in the sand like this guy, and scoff at facts that don’t fit your personal agenda.

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