Before you go overboard with the holiday spending, you may want to take a moment to think about your heart. Researchers in New Zealand recently found a link between low credit scores and poor cardiovascular health, saying certain personality traits may be to blame.
Using data from the long-term Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, which tracked the health of 1,000 individuals from birth through age 38, analysts saw a clear connection between certain characteristics—including self-discipline as well as the ability to plan ahead—and both optimal financial health and better overall heart health.
In order to draw their conclusions, the research team used a well-known heart health gauge developed for another decades-long health study known as the Framingham Heart Study. The Cardiovascular Disease Risk Score allowed researchers to measure the “heart age” of participants based on physical health factors (such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels) as well as diet and lifestyle habits.
Although the Dunedin study participants were all nearing 40, their heart ages told a different story, ranging between 22 to 85 years old. Not surprisingly, the younger the heart age, the better the credit score. And finally, while researchers say the personality characteristics connected to higher credit scores are typically established in early childhood, it is never too late to start practicing healthy habits—physically and financially!
Essential fatty acids such as Omega-3 EPA and DHA are good-for-you fats used by every cell in your body to support and manage vital functions such as a healthy inflammation response and proper heart, joint, eye, brain, digestive and immune function.‡ However, the body does not produce these essential fats on its own, so the only way to get them is through diet or supplementation. For this reason, many people benefit from taking a high-concentration, purity-guaranteed fish oil supplement daily.‡
Because extensive evidence shows that fish-derived Omega-3s support optimal digestion and overall health, many leading health organizations provide helpful recommendations. For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends at least 2 grams of Omega-3 oils per day, which is consistent with digestive care expert Brenda Watson’s H.O.P.E. Formula.
And, because scientific research confirms that Omega-3 supplementation promotes heart health by helping to maintain healthy cholesterol, triglyceride and blood pressure levels already within the normal range,* the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends consuming about 500 mg per day of EPA and DHA for people who are healthy and want to maintain good heart health. For those with documented coronary heart disease, the AHA recommends 1 gram (1,000 mg) per day, and those with high triglycerides should aim for 2 to 4 grams (2,000 to 4,000 mg) per day.
Is there such a thing as too much Omega-3?
Due to its potential blood-thinning effects, it is recommended that you consult your physician when taking high doses of Omega-3 EPA/DHA—particularly doses greater than 3 grams (3,000 mg) per day.
Does it matter how much Omega-3 is in my capsule?
Yes. Be sure to look at the total amount of Omega-3 in each capsule—not the total amount of fish oil, as supplements vary greatly in the amounts of Omega-3.
What is the best time to take fish oil? And should I take fish oil with food?
Fish oil may be taken with or without food at any time of the day, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
*Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA & DHA Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.