Heart Study

Happy Valentines Day!

I received the following information from Steve Chaney, PhD. Steve is the Professor of Nutrition and Biochemistry at University of North Carolina (UNC) Medical School, and (for me at least) even more important is he is my upline in my Shaklee business so I get a lot of great health information that isn’t normally available to non-medical professionals. I’m happy to be sharing this research information with you.

Steve wrote:

I came across a very interesting study recently that shows that when young women consumed a fish-rich diet high in omega-3 fatty acids they were significantly less likely to develop cardiovascular problems over the next several years (M Strom et al, Hypertension, 59:
36-43, 2012).

The investigators analyzed the data from 49,000 pregnant Danish women between 15 and 49.

The women were asked about their dietary behaviors at the time that they were enrolled into the Danish National Health System database and at several intervals over the next year.

The study then looked at hospital admissions for heart related problems over the next 8 years and compared that to the dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids.

The results were striking!

When the investigators looked at the dietary intake of omega-3-rich fish at the time of enrollment they found that the group with the lowest omega-3 fatty acid intake was almost twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease.

Of course, a single diet recall could be influenced by many temporary factors, so the investigators strengthened their analysis by obtaining dietary intake data three different times over a 30-week period.

And when they compared those women who had consistently low omega-3 intake with those who had consistently high
omega-3 intake the increase in cardiovascular risk was almost three-fold!

So what is the bottom line for you?

1) This study is consistent with many other studies showing that omega-3 fatty acids benefit the heart.

What makes this study unique is that it shows that the heart health benefits of omega-3s occur even in young women. Most of the previous studies have been done with men and women who were over 50.

2) This study was done with young women, but there is no reason not to expect the same benefit of omega-3s in young men.

3) This study was only done with fish because very few Danes take fish oil supplements, but other studies have shown that fish and fish oil supplements have similar heart health benefits.

So celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a nice fish dinner. Your heart will thank you!

To Your Health!
Dr. Stephen G Chaney

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

That’s pretty exciting to me since I plan on living to be 120! I take Shaklee OmegaGuard every day because I had read an article that said Omega-3’s put a coating around the bloodcells making them flow through arteries without clotting together, and that Omega-3’s have been shown to improve brain health, and it’s beneficial to the joints — three really important topics. Then I read on the label that OmegaGuard provides a full spectrum of seven ultra-pure omega-3 fatty acids.

If you are interested in keeping your heart healthy, please contact me (julie@julstro.com) and I’ll be happy to give you more information.

Wishing you well,


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