Omega-3 fatty acids help prevent all-cause mortality and cardovascular events

May 28, 2010

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A new trial suggests that supplements of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) may reduce risk of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks.

The trial, published in the April 10, 2010 issue of European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation showed that supplementation with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) was associated with a 43 percent reduced risk of death from all causes and a 16 percent reduced risk of cardiovascular events.

Einvik G and colleagues from Akershus University Hospital, Lørenskog and Oslo University Hospital Ullevål in Oslo, Norway found the associations after they followed 563 Norwegian men aged 64 to 76 years for three years.  Seventy-two percent of the participants were apparently free of cardiovascular disease at baseline. During the trial period, one group of subjects were assigned diet counseling, along with 2.4 gram per day of n-3 PUFA supplementation and another group diet counseling, along with 2.4 grams of corn oil.

After considering baseline age, smoking status, hpertension, body mass index and serum glucose, n3-PUFA supplements reduced all-cause mortality by 47 percent and reduced risk of cardiovascular events by 11 percent.

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