Heart Friendly Fats
By Dr. Neville Wilson
There’s nothing fishy about Omega 3
Dr. Neville Wilson has studied and practiced medicine and surgery in several countries, and is a national and international speaker on health topics, with a particular emphasis on integrative and preventative medicine. He believes that the future of medicine lies in the field of Nutrigenomics, the science of nutritional regulation of genetic expression for health.
Thirty years ago, heart disease was relatively rare and unknown amongst the Greenland Eskimos, who enjoyed a generous dietary intake of oily fish, on a daily basis. Their frequent consumption of cold water salmon guaranteed them high levels of EPA and DHA, two types of Omega 3 fatty acids, in their blood and body tissues. This afforded them protection against heart disease and an array of other illnesses that are present in western society today.
We now know that omega 3 fatty acids, derived from uncontaminated sources, can reduce some of the health risks that may follow a heart attack. These helpful fatty acids can prevent the clotting of blood and stabilise plaques in the arterial walls and are demonstrably safer than aspirin. Omega 3 presents a safe and reliable alternative.
A plethora of studies have been conducted over the past three decades that clearly show the life sustaining and health preserving benefits of these ‘heart friendly’ fatty acids, not only in promoting heart health but offering numerous other health benefits as well.