The main reason why fish is one of the healthiest foods on the Planet, is its omega-3 fatty acid content. These fatty acids are essential for the heart and brain health. Recent study has discovered that this omega-3 fatty acid content in fish is extremely beneficial for people with high risk of heart attack, or those who have already experienced one.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, claim that fish oil rich in omega-3s can help lower the damage caused by a heart attack.
According to them people who have suffered from heart attack should receive fish oil supplements which contain omega-3s on a daily basis, for up to 6 months. This nutrients improves the heart contraction and helps lower the tissue buildup in the undamaged parts of the heart. This is not only beneficial for heart attack survivors, but also for those with increased risk of heart attack. They can take these fish oil supplements as a preventive measure.
Dr. Raymond Kwong, the author of the study, explains that anyone can take omega-3 fatty acids, including heart attack sufferers. Omega-3s can therefore contribute for a faster and improved treatment of cardiac remodeling
Dr. Raymond Kwong says the study was conducted on 360 heart attack sufferers who were separated into 2 groups. One of them was a placebo group, while the patients from the other group received 4 grams of fish oil every day for a period of 6 months.
The patients from the second group were given fish oil supplements approved by the FDA. Kwong and his team used MRI to check their patients’ hearts before and after the study. The researchers got quite convincing results – the participants who received fish oil supplements had reduction in heart muscle scarring by 5.8%, improved function of the heart by 6%, as well as reduced inflammation.
All patients who participated in this study were also taking other medication as part of their therapy, but they were under a doctor’s observation during the whole study to make sure they stay safe.