Eat right and include an ounce of Omega-3 each day
A Dutch study has shown that eating an ounce of fish a day cuts the chances of a fatal heart attack in half. If you have already suffered a heart attack, like myself, it can help you escape another one, according to Michael Burr, MD, of the Medical Research Council in Cardiff, Wales. Burr studied 2,033 men who had at least one heart attack. He divided them into four groups:
1. One group was asked to eat 5 ounces of salmon, mackerel or sardines, at least twice a week or take fish oil capsules.
2. The second group was asked to cut down on saturated fats, such as butter, cheese and cream.
3. A third group was asked to increase their fiber intake by eating bran cereal and whole wheat bread.
4. The fourth group received no instructions and were free to eat as they pleased.
Results After 2 Years
There was no lifesaving effect from a low-fat or high fiber diet. However, among fish eaters the mortality rate dropped 30%.
At the Washington D.C. Hospital Center, in a study of 84 patients who had balloon angioplasty to open clogged arteries, out of 42 patients who ate both a low-fat diet and took fish oil capsules for 6 months only 8 (19%) needed another angioplasty. In an equal number of patients on a low fat diet without fish oil, the rate of reoccurring blockage was 38%, twice as many according to Mark R. Milner, MD, the surgeon who made the study.
According to Isabelle Bairati, MD, professor of Medicine at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada eating fish before and after heart surgery keeps arteries open just as well as taking fish oil capsules.
Preventing Blood Clots & Strokes
Omega-3 fish oil prevents blood platelets from sticking together, so that clots cannot form to plug up your arteries. It causes blood platelets to release much less of a clotting substance called Thromboxane, according to Norberta Schoene, Ph. D., of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Harvard researchers say that eating 6 ½ ounces of canned tuna thins the blood as much as taking an aspirin. A researcher claimed you can get favorable anti-clotting effect from eating 3 ½ ounces of fatty fish such as mackerel, herring, salmon or sardines.
Fish oil also lowers fibrinogen in the blood, another factor that causes clots to form, according to Paul Nestel, chief of Human Nutrition at the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization in Australia.
Dutch researchers have found that men between the age of 60 and 69 who ate fish at least once a week were only half as likely to have a stroke during the next 15 years as were those who ate no fish.
My own blood pressure dropped from 140/90 to 120/80 after my heart attack when I started eating small cans of sardines every day. For most people I have learned when eating fish three times a week supplies enough omega-3 oil to lower blood pressure. In some cases it even eliminates the need for medication in some people.
Fish oil was recommended by my doctor Tawny Allen after my bout with ulcerative colitis a few years back. Dr. William Stenson, Washington University Medical Center at St. Louis, found that omega-3 fish oil reduced an inflammatory agent in the colon, leukotriene B4, by 60%. Patients felt much better, got their appetite back and started gaining weight. Examinations by sigmoidoscopy, an exam used to evaluate the lower part of the large intestine, revealed less inflammation and damage. Nearly half the patients (eight) were able to cut their dosage of prednisone, a drug needed to keep the disease under control in half.
When I had ulcerative colitis my weight plummeted from 225 to 150 lbs., my appetite waned, everything I ate went right through me and the prednisone prescribed made my mind play tricks on me and have dark thoughts. I was four months in the hospital recovering, one month of physical therapy (learning to walk), another month of in home therapy (learning to set up get out of bed), and another month in the gym lifting weights to get stronger. After 18 months I finally got my weight back and the auto-immune disease has not returned, so far. My advice is, eat right and you will fly right, stay out of hospitals at all costs.