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Measuring Omega-3s for Increased Heart Health

<p>Despite their benefits, most consumers don&#8217;t consume enough omega-3s. The Omega-3 Index Project&#8482; was formed to bring more awareness to the ramifications of omega-3 insufficiency.</p>

Omega-3s—specifically eicosapentaenic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—are excellent options for maintaining heart health. Given the direct link between the concentration of omega-3 fatty acids in tissues, blood and red blood cells, and the overall health of the cardiovascular system, it is recognized these fatty acids provide benefits to positively support the integrity of the heart and blood vessels.

Further, since inflammation is a known risk factor for heart disease, the anti-inflammatory properties of EPA and DHA omega-3s can help balance the body’s level of inflammation.

However, American consumers—in fact, most consumers globally—don’t consume enough omega-3s, which means most are experiencing deficiency. This is probably the result of a variety of factors: access to these types of products, price limitations, confusion between which omega-3s have the most protective heart benefits, etc. 

It makes sense to get these nutrients into the hands of as many consumers as possible, and on a regular basis. There are, of course, a variety of ways to do this. The first is to engage government authorities to get them to change health policies so these omega-3s—specifically EPA and DHA—become as accessible as possible to as many people as possible.

And yet another way to get the word out on the importance of these omega-3s is to engage doctors and other key opinion leaders to communicate to consumers about the importance of knowing what their omega-3 EPA/DHA level is by using the Omega-3 Index.

The Omega-3 Index, an indicator of cardiovascular health, measures a person’s long-term intake of omega-3s EPA and DHA.

Learn more about the Omega-3 Index and how it can help benefit heart heath in INSIDER’s Heart Health Digital Magazine.

Becky Wright is director of marketing and communications for Aker BioMarine. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the nutritional products industry.

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