3 Markers of Heart Health

APRIL 01, 2015 Topics: Omega 3’s , Triglycerides Article Highlights
  • Learn about the factors of your heart health
  • Omega-3s are not generated by the body on its own so supplements are vital
  • Consult your doctor on the factors of your heart health and steps to improve
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Omega-3 Index
The Omega-3 Index is a measurement of the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids found in your red blood cells. Recent studies have shown that a rise in the Omega-3 Index may be associated with better cardiovascular health, not to mention joint and brain health. 

C-reactive Protein
C-reactive protein (CRP) is made in the liver and can be measured in the blood. CRP levels in the blood are sensitive to inflammation in the body. CRP is also an independent risk factor for poor cardiovascular health. Research has shown adequate intake of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA support healthy CRP levels and cardiovascular health.

Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood. A high level of triglycerides (above 150 mg/dl) can worsen cardiovascular health. Triglycerides are formed when you eat more calories than your body needs. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help regulate the amount of triglycerides in your bloodstream. Additionally, studies have shown that increasing your Omega-3 index can help support healthy triglycerides as well.

The Omega-3 index can play an important role in positively influencing the other two indicators. Omega-3s are found naturally in krill fish, cold-water fish, and seaweed. While they are important for bodily function, the body cannot create them on its own. They must be obtained by eating foods rich in Omega-3s or by taking a supplement such as MegaRed.

Talk to your doctor about your Omega-3 index today, and start keeping these three important indicators of your heart health in check. 

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