Close To Your Heart
Q: I am
35 years old and apart from a busy work schedule,
lead a pretty normal life. I neither smoke nor drink
alcohol. As midday approaches, I seem to be short of
breath climbing the two flights of stairs to my
office. Is it normal to tire so soon after the
A: You have to ask yourself a few
pertinent questions. Are you eating right? Do you
eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and low-fat foods
as opposed to rich, fatty foods? Do you exercise
often enough? Are you under stress? It may mean you
need to change your diet to include more
heart-friendly foods, get more physical or take a
Most importantly, this may call
for a thorough examination of your heart. It could
be a case of high cholesterol acting up. Ignoring it
can be unexpectedly fatal.
Q: I am
a little confused. Omega 3 is found in fish. Isn't
eating fish enough? Why do we need a supplement?
A: Omega 3 is a family of
polyunsaturated fatty acids derived from alpha-linolenic
acid and including
eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and
docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA are found
only in oily fish as cod, salmon/tuna,
herring/mackerel and sardine. Most of us do not
consume oily fish often enough. Unless you do, it
makes sense to supplement daily with cod liver oil.
is cod liver oil good for heart health?
A: Fish Oil Omega 3 is extremely
beneficial to brain, joint and cardiovascular
health. It has been proven that cod liver oil
contains a reliable, measured dose of the most
effective form of Omega 3 and that the Omega 3 fatty
acids in a fish oil supplement can help reduce
incidence of heart disease and regulate your
Whenever I shop for Fish Oil Omega 3 supplements,
there are so many choices. What should I be looking
A: Make sure the product contains
sufficient quantities of the vital fish oil Omega 3
needed for a Healthy Daily Intake (HOI). This would
be 450 mg for adults and 200 mg for children. Choose
a supplement that has undergone stringent refining
process for the purest cod liver oil.
was the significance of Omega 3 discovered?
A: The connection between the
incidence of coronary heart disease and fish oil
consumption in Norway was first made by researchers
in the early 50's. Shortage of dairy products due to
World War II resulted in an increase in the
consumption of fish. Subsequent reduction in
coronary heart failure was attributed to this change
However it was another research
that caught the world's attention later. This was
known as 'TheGreenland
Diet'. From 1963 to 1967, researchers were amazed at
how the Eskimos, despite their high-cholesterol,
high-fat diet of mostly whale, seal, fish and game,
suffered a low rate of heart disease.
how does Omega 3 actually prevent heart disease?
A: It is a
supplement, remember? You must still have a balanced
diet, 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise daily
and proper rest for best results.