This article from www.lifeextention.com looks at the health benefits of consuming omega-3.
Higher omega 3 levels associated with decreased heart attack death risk. A pooled analysis reported in the August 2016 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine uncovered an association between higher blood levels of omega 3 fatty acids and a lower risk of mortality from heart attack.
The Fatty acids and Outcomes Research Consortium (FORCE) led by Liana C. Del Gobbo, PhD, pooled the findings of 19 published studies that reported omega levels and coronary heart disease events. The studies included a total of 45,637 men and women, among whom there were 2,781 heart attack fatalities and 7,157 nonfatal heart attacks. Subjects whose levels of the plant-based omega 3 alpha linolenic acid (ALA) was among the top 20% of subjects had an 18% lower risk of fatal heart disease than those whose intake was among the lowest 20%. For eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the risks were 8%, 24% and 23% lower for those among the top fifth. In addition, having an EPA level among the highest 20% of subjects was associated with a 29% lower risk of nonfatal heart attack.
«These new results, including many studies which previously had not reported their findings, provide the most comprehensive picture to-date of how omega-3s may influence heart disease» announced Dr Del Gobbo, who is a postdoctoral research fellow in the division of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.
«Our results lend support to the importance of fish and omega-3 consumption as part of a healthy diet» stated senior author Dairush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH.
«Most prior studies of dietary fats have relied on self-reported estimates of intake. This new global consortium provides an unprecedented opportunity to understand how blood biomarkers of many different fats and fatty acids relate to diverse health outcomes, and many additional investigations are in progress.»
The Norwegian health authorities recommend eating fish 2-3 times a week. Taking cod liver oil / or an omega 3 product as a dietary supplement might be a good alternative to secure a daily sufficient intake of fatty acids.