Dr. Lou Ignarro Answers Your Heart Health Questions | Omega-3s and Heart Maintenance
I’m back to answer more of your questions related to the Heart Health Initiative, a mission to educate the world about heart health and give people the tools to lead heart-healthy lives. Let’s get right to them.
What benefits do Omega-3 fatty acids have in the body?
Excellent question. Omega-3s have several amazing benefits. Among other health-supportive functions, they help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system by maintaining cholesterol and triglyceride levels already within a normal range.* As more research is done, I’m sure we’ll discover even more advantages.
It’s important for people to understand that Omega-3s are critical to a healthy diet, and they’re some of the most important nutrients when it comes to the cardiovascular system. That’s why the American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids twice per week.
What do you do on a regular basis to maintain heart health?
I eat a good breakfast each morning and have my Formula 1 shake, then get to the gym around 6 a.m., where I do cardio, such as a spin class, or lift weights. By eating right and exercising every single day, it helps keep my blood flowing and nourishes my heart. Studies show that even moderate exercise strengthens the heart; I recommend a minimum of five times per week, 30 minutes each time. My balanced and varied diet includes ample protein, fatty fish rich in Omega-3s, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and plenty of water. Since sleep is crucial to healthy heart function, I make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep each and every day.
I do all of this to make sure I’m supporting the health of my endothelium, which is the major producer of Nitric Oxide (NO) in the body. The regular exercise I do increases blood flow and encourages my endothelium to produce NO, which better nourishes my heart. Basically, I have a lot of healthy habits that all work together to support heart health.
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