What's The Latest On Omega-3s?
Patricia Zifferblatt | July 15, 2003

Many of us have been watching the research on the importance of omega-3 fatty acids for several years. Today it's very rewarding to know that the health and dietary information we at Better Life Unlimited have been advocating for over 15 years is now affirmed for all Americans by the U.S. government.

On May 28, 2003, a letter from the U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs was sent to the Department of Agriculture as well as the Department of Health and Human Services stating, "Health researchers have found that Americans can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease with modest changes in their diets. The government should make this life-saving information as widely available as possible." Why is this so? Studies have confirmed that omega-3 fatty acid consumption reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in both men and women in America.

Many people are familiar with the food pyramid created by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration showing what foods the general population should consume on a daily and weekly basis, including seafood and flaxseed high in omega-3. This food pyramid, last amended in 1992 and advocated as a dietary guideline for a healthier population, is used by health professionals as an educational and informational food guide. We at Better Life Unlimited have thought for some time that this pyramid needs to be reconstructed, and we think it's finally going to happen! The new proposal would emphasize the consumption of more foods high in omega-3 fatty acids for a healthier life.

Omega-3s, also referred to as essential fatty acids, cannot be made by the body--they must be ingested in daily dietary foods and supplements. They have long been recommended for many reasons:
  • The reduction of serum triglycerides
  • As an anti-inflammatory for arthritis
  • As a benefit for those suffering from depression
  • As a supplement for children with ADD and ADHD
Now we can add for the prevention of coronary heart disease. It's time to start paying attention to the medical research and making the necessary changes in your lifestyle to include more omega-3s in your daily diet.
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