Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Atherosclerosis

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Atherosclerosis

One of the most interesting relationships between diet and vascular disease is the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on atherosclerosis. It was observed many years ago that Eskimos have a very low incidence of atherosclerosis, despite the fact that their traditional diet is extremely high in fats and devoid of fruits and vegetables. They also do not suffer from autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. However, when they adopt a typical Western diet, they develop all of the diseases we do, and at the same statistical rate within the population.

Omega-3 fatty acids in the Eskimo diet come mainly from fish and whale blubber, and studies on this form of fat have indicated several remarkable properties: it is a mild blood anticoagulant, reduces inflammation by changing eicosanoid balance, and alters immunity, all things that potentially could reduce atherosclerosis. This find led researchers and clinicians to test the results of adding omega-3 fatty acids to the diets of other populations. They found that omega-3 fatty acids eventually replaced the bad fats in cells and tissues of test subjects.

Health and Nutrition Secrets (that could save your life), Dr Russell L. Blaylock, MD

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