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Eating fatty fish and marine omega-3 fatty acids may reduce risk of heart failure

22 April 2009

Eating fatty fish and marine omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil, seems to protect men from heart failure according to one of the largest studies to investigate the association published in the European Heart Journal. However, the effect was seen only in men who eat approximately one serving of fatty fish a week and who had a moderate intake of marine omega-3 fatty acids (approximately 0.3 grams a day). Eating more did not give a greater benefit and, in fact, returned the chances of heart failure to the same level as that seen in men who never consume fatty fish or fish oils.

From the paper: Fish consumption, marine omega-3 fatty acids, and incidence of heart failure: a population-based prospective study of middle-aged and elderly men, Emily B. Levitan, Alicja Wolk, and Murray A. Mittleman

Published in European Heart Journal, Advance Access, 22 April 2009

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