Danish Researchers: Omega-3 for Women in Their 30s to Protect Heart

Published on: 2012/01/02 - in Science & Tech

According to researchers in Denmark, women in their thirties should eat fish rich in omega-3 to prevent heart problems in the future.

The Copenhagen study indicated that the risk of cardiovascular disease was halved in women who consumed fish regularly, particularly if they began when they were younger. In comparing those who ate fish rich in omega 3 at least once a week to those who did not, the risk of heart problems increased by 90% in the latter group.

To reach this conclusion, researchers analyzed data for 49,000 Danish women between 15 and 49 years of age. The study continued for a period of eight years, during which 577 cardiovascular incidents were recorded.

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids can be found in large quantities in some fish as well as in flax seeds, walnuts, and soybeans.

It is recommended that a woman should eat two to three meals of fatty fish a week – such as mackerel, herring and salmon – or by taking fish oil supplements to reach a dose of 500 mg of omega-3 to protect cardiovascular health.

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