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Top Five Sources of Omega-3

An important new study on the benefits of omega-3 on the body was featured in last month’s journal Kidney International. Researchers specifically looked at the correlation of omega-3 fatty acids and its potential for lowering the risk of cardiac arrest death in kidney dialysis patients.

The research study out of Indiana University School of Medicine, in conjunction with Massachusetts General Hospital, looked at the omega-3 blood levels of 100 patients who died of cardiac arrest in the first year of dialysis treatment and compared to 300 patients who survived their attack. The results showed that the patients who were among the top 25 percent of omega-3 levels had an 80 percent lower risk of dying than those patients with the lowest levels.

Researcher Dr. Allon Friedman said of the results, “We found that higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood of patients who were just starting hemodialysis were very strongly associated with a lower risk of sudden cardiac death over the first year of their treatment. The risk of sudden cardiac death in hemodialysis patients is highest over the first year of their treatment.”

Over the years, omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help your overall health as well as support the development, maintenance and protection of structures of the nervous system. In addition, it promotes an anti-inflammatory response in the body. That is why it is important to include two-to-four servings (about four ounces each) of omega-3 fatty acids per week in your diet. You can get this through a triglyceride-based formula supplement (with high purity standards) for better absorption, but always consult your physician first. There are many great options for omega-3 through food sources. My top five are:

  1. Fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel
  2. Nuts such as walnuts and sunflower
  3. Flax seeds
  4. Cooked soybeans
  5. Cauliflower