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Question: Why the interest in fish oil?


Medical reports in the 1970s linked a high-fish diet with reduced heart disease rates in Greenland Eskimos. There has since been a rising interest in the potential health benefits of fish oil. Recent studies have largely confirmed that a component of fish oil called omega-3 fatty acids has cardioprotective effects. The two omega-3 (n-3) fatty acids found in fish oils are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These fatty acids have unique properties not shared by other dietary oils such as corn or soybean oil. It appears to be these two compounds that protect the heart

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