An Illogical Position of the American Heart Association

Because I am a  nutrition educator and not a doctor, I hesitate to put postings on my site that are medically technical or challenging. But I have no problem suggesting an article, as I do this one from Life Extension, a publication I receive monthly: Extension

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As a subscriber to Life Extension Magazine, the articles are sometimes more than I want to read, even thought the information is well-written and thought-provoking. But this article was quite straightforward and one I would recommend, especially because February is Heart Healthy Month. I now take Fish Oil capsules and occasionally order fish at a restaurant on my doctor’s advice, but I plan to research the difference between fish oil ¬†Omega 3s and Omega 3 oil from vegetarian sources, such as flaxseed oil, to see if there is a major difference. (Future posting)

At the end of the article is a list of pathologies that the article claims fish oils help circumvent some of them.

  1. Reducing triglyceride levels
  2. Reducing C-reactive protein (helps stabilize plaque)
  3. Reducing platelet stickiness (a thrombotic factor
  4. Reducing inflammation
  5. Increasing EPA/DHA blood levels
  6. Increasing large buoyant LDL particle size and other sub-lipid profiles

Life Extension does a great deal of research and has a long list of doctors (PhDs, Dos, MDs, etc.) on their Scientific Advisory Board, so I do like to read their articles, even if I only have time for the summaries ad I do order some of their supplements. Their goal is anti-aging from the viewpoint of restoring cell energy so we can continue to function well at any age.


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