Omega 3 and heart disease treatment and prevention have been linked in research. It is known that omega 3 fatty acids are found in fish oil that is obtained from anchovies, salmon and other species that live in cold water.
These fatty acids help to improve memory and brain function. That is one of the reasons why parents ensure that school age children get enough of it in their diet. It helps them to perform better in school. They are also good for joint health.
Apparently, fish oil does help to reduce cholesterol, thereby lowering your risk of heart disease. Heart disease is one of the leading killers of men and women in North America. The figures do not change much when you assess the rate of death from heart problems in other regions of the world.
High levels of bad cholesterol contribute to heart disease in several cases. There are certain foods that have been proven to have a protective effect on the heart. Fish oil is one of these. It contains DHA and EPA, both of which help keep bad cholesterol levels low. The American Heart Association recommends that individuals with heart disease take DHA and EPA every day.
Source: Fda.gov, “FDA Announces Qualified Health Claims for Omega-3 Fatty Acids”, http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/2004/ucm108351.htm