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Ask an RD- Heart Health

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I currently take Omega 3 - 500 mg.  What is the recommended daily intake of these?

For this product the general recommended intake is 1 to 2 softgels daily. As a general rule of thumb, the American Heart Association recommends:

  • If you have a healthy heart and no previous heart disease – take 500 mg daily for general maintenance: 1 capsule.
  • If you have moderately high triglyceride levels you’ll need 0.5-1 gram (500-1,000 mg): 1-2 capsules daily.
  • If you high triglyceride levels – you could need 1-2 grams (1,000-2,000 mg): 2-4 capsules daily.
  • If you have very high triglyceride levels –you could need 2 to 4 grams (2,000-4,000 mg): 4- 8 capsules daily.

It’s important to remember that these are general guidelines. If you eat fish on a regular basis, or have a diet already high in omega-3s, you would need to adjust your supplement intake to reflect that. As always, you should check with your healthcare practitioner to determine the best regimen for you.

 

I'm pregnant and was wondering if it is safe to take your omega 3-6-9?

While Jamieson Omega 3-6-9 is safe to take during pregnancy, it would be beneficial to take an omega-3 supplement higher in DHA, the omega-3 fatty acid responsible for healthy brain development. Taking an omega-3 supplement during pregnancy is widely recommended, as research consistently shows that omega-3 fatty acids are essential for fetal development, especially neural, retinal and immune development.  Jamieson offers a few omega-3 products specifically suitable for pregnancy, such as Jamieson Prenatal with DHA. Remember to always speak to your healthcare practitioner prior to taking any natural supplement to ensure it’s right for you, especially while pregnant.

 

Why does the risk for heart disease increase for women later in life? And what can I do to reduce that risk?

Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death for women, and according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, women have at least one risk factor for heart disease. Unfortunately, the risk for heart disease in women increases after menopause because it is at that time that the body stops producing estrogen, which has a protective effect on the heart. Largely because of this, it’s common after menopause that women begin to develop risk factors for heart disease, such as increased blood pressure, higher LDL (bad) cholesterol and weight gain around the mid-section. Fortunately, with regular exercise, a heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory diet, reducing stress levels and taking a daily omega-3 supplement such as Jamieson Essentials Extra Strength Omega-3, you can help reduce the risk of developing these risk factors, and ultimately heart disease. You can read more about steps you can take for a healthier heart here.

 

I exercise quite frequently, I do have a family history of heart disease. What are some of your top recommendations to help reduce my risk of a heart attack even if it runs in my family?

While regular exercise can help reduce your risk of heart disease, there are still other risk factors that can contribute to an increased risk, such as your age, an unhealthy diet, smoking, high blood pressure, stress and an unhealthy weight. Many of these factors can increase inflammation in your body, which has been shown to significantly increase the risk of developing heart disease. Although family history is not a risk factor that you yourself can control, there are many things you can do help lower your risk:

  • Consider following an anti-inflammatory diet high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce blood pressure and lower bad cholesterol.
  • Practice stress-relieving activities. Stress can increase cortisol, the “stress hormone” that has been shown to increase blood pressure and inflammation.
  • Be in control of your LDL cholesterol by consuming less sugar and trans fats, and increasing your consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Establish a good bedtime routine as a lack of proper sleep. Studies warn that poor sleep habits can lead to high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.
  • If you don’t think you’re getting enough omega-3s in your diet, a daily fish oil supplement has been shown to decrease inflammation in the body while helping to lower triglycerides, regulate heartbeat and manage blood pressure.
  • If you have a family history of heart disease it’s important that you regularly discuss and stay informed about your health with your healthcare practitioner.