Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Fish oil 'cuts' heart risk

Fish oil supplements can halve the risk of sudden death among heart patients, research suggests.

The crucial ingredients are omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to have a range of positive effects on health.

They are found in oily fish such as tuna, salmon and mackerel.

Italian researchers investigated the effect of eating the fatty acids in a study of more than 11,000 heart attack survivors.

They found that a one gram daily dose was enough to significantly reduce the risk of death from a sudden heart attack by 42%.

The fatty acid appears to reduce the problem of irregular heartbeats in patients who have a condition called cardiac arrhythmia.

Source BBC News


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