As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I believe that it is vital that one focuses on all of the different aspects of optimal health and wellness. My focus for today’s blog will be diet, more specifically, omega 3 fatty acids. There is plenty of evidence that shows that omega 3 fatty acid intake helps protect individuals from cardiovascular disease. Previous research has shown that there is a low mortality from coronary heart disease in populations that have large intake of omega 3 fatty acids from fish, seal, and whale. There is a direct positive effect on vasomotor activity like artery dilation, inhibition of pro-inflammatory metabolites in endothelial lining, and reduction of blood pressure. Fish oil can be taken via diet or supplements. The American Heart Association recommends that people without documented coronary heart disease eat a variety of fish at least 2 times per week.
Thinking of making some changes to your diet today? How about some mackerel, salmon, herring, tuna, trout, and/or sardines?
By: Dr. Cheshta Bajaj, DC, RMT
Reference: Din JN, Newby DE, Flapan AD. Omega 3 fatty acids and cardiovascular disease–fishing for a natural treatment. BMJ. 2004 Jan 3;328(7430):30-5. Review. PubMed PMID: 14703544; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC313905.