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Dietary Fish Oils Prevent Heart Disease


Increased intake of dietary fish oils—especially long chain fatty acids—lowers the risk of heart disease in women and in both men and women without preexisting cardiac disease. Two just-published studies further establish the importance of assuring adequate intake of oils such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) or eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).


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Albert CM et al. Blood levels of long-chain n-3 fatty acids and the risk of sudden death. N Engl J Med. 2002;346:1113–8.

Rosenberg IH. Fish—food to calm the heart [perspective]. N Engl J Med. 2002;346:1102–3.