Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Is your heart healthy?

Just because you don't have any symptoms does not mean you are healthy! About 80% of disease process occurs long before we have any symptoms. That is why it is so important to be proactive about health. Sadly, most members of our species are only motivated to make changes when they are caught up with symptoms.

About 80% of disease process occurs long before we have any symptoms.

Some diseases don't have any symptoms until they actually kill you. The first symptom is death! Well the number one cause of death in this country is heart disease and the most common symptom of heart disease is not chest pain, but it is sudden death.

We must not forget in taking care of our heart. Our heart is a super ultra marathoner that beats without taking a break!

Imagine our legs that can go on like our heart! Wow!

Therefore, we must take good care of our heart so that it keeps on beating.

Fish oils for heart health

The American Heart Association has acknowledged that the omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are essential for heart health. They now recommend that people without heart disease eat fish 2 or more times per week and consume a diet rich in alpha-linolenic acid. Heart disease patients should consume about 1 gram of EPA and DHA daily. Patients with high triglyceride levels may benefit from supplementing with 2 to 4 grams of EPA plus DHA per day in capsule form. EPA and DHA are the main components of fish oils. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Vol. 23, February 2003, pp. e23-e31, 151-52
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