Nutritional supplements and their benefits in preventing cardiovascular disease

Neolife medical management


Numerous studies have shown that supplements such as Omega-3, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin D have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, as well as decreasing the biomarkers of chronic inflammation .

Low grade chronic inflammation or silent inflammation seems to be one of the causes behind many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease. There are numerous studies that link Omega-3 supplementation with its beneficial effects on arteriosclerosis and thrombosis and, therefore, on the incidence of cardiovascular events in both the healthy and sick alike.

Nutritional supplements and their benefits in preventing cardiovascular disease

There are dozens of nutritional supplements with supposed beneficial effects on our health in general and our cardiovascular system in particular: Omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid, Vitamin B3, Turmeric, Vitamin D…are just some of them. However, perhaps Omega-3 is the most popular among them. A lot of the food available in supermarkets, such as the milk, yogurt or cereals we buy, are already enriched with Omega-3.

A recent review published in the journal American Society for Nutrition (1) lists the benefits of taking Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahenaenoic acid) for fetal development, Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease.

Omega-3, EPA and DHA are all long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids that are present in our cell membranes and have important anti-inflammatory effects. In general, getting an adequate intake of EPA and DHA through diet alone is quite difficult. These fatty acids are found in marine plants and animals such as algae, krill, squid and oily fish. You can find sources of Omega-3 on land, such as ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), which is more present in our diet, but it does not have as many beneficial effects on our health as does EPA and DHA.

The current Western diet is rich in saturated fatty acids and Omega-6 (pro-inflammatory) and poor in Omega-3. Measuring the ratio of Omega-6 / Omega-3 (O6/O3) and the Omega-3 Index (IO3) in our body indicates this common imbalance that occurs within us. EPA and DHA supplementation makes it possible to rebalance this ratio and index, bringing with them numerous benefits to our health, including our cardiovascular system.

Low grade chronic inflammation or silent inflammation seems to be one of the causes behind many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease. Omega-3, EPA and DHA all have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and have been shown to reduce the biomarkers of chronic inflammation such as high-sensitivity C-reactive protein or interleukin-6. There are numerous studies that link EPA and DHA supplementation with their beneficial effects on arteriosclerosis and thrombosis and, therefore, on the incidence of cardiovascular events in both the healthy and sick alike.

Quantifying Omega-3 levels followed by a personalized supplementation based on the results is just one of the cardiovascular disease prevention measures routinely carried out in the Age Management programs at Neolife.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

(1) Swanson D., Block R. and Mousa S. Omega-3 Fatty Acids EPA and DHA: Health Benefits Throughout Life. Adv. Nutr. 3:1-7, 2012.