April 1, 2022
From Vegan Life

Looking after your heart health is very important in order to prevent Cardiovascular Disease (CVD); a variety of conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels, including stroke, heart attack, vascular dementia etc. Unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use, and the harmful use of alcohol can all contribute to CVD – but by implementing changes to ensure a healthy diet and lifestyle you can greatly reduce the risk and promote a healthy heart.

One of the dietary changes that can have a particular beneficial effect on your cardiovascular health is to ensure you have a good level of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, found predominantly in oily fish, but also available in a vegan supplemental form from marine algae. It is thought that human beings evolved on a diet with a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 of approximately 1:1, whereas in the modern Western diet the ratio is closer to 20:1. Omega-6 fatty acids are found in high levels in the vegetable and seed oils and processed foods that are abundant in modern diets – and have the potential to promote inflammation within the body.

While inflammation is a normal, beneficial short-term biological response to infection or injury – the long-term overproduction of inflammation can lead to tissue damage and is at the heart of many chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease and its risk factors, such as hypertension and atherosclerosis.

Increasing your intake of dietary omega 3 can result in the incorporation of EPA and DHA into the walls of your cells, having a stabilising effect. This incorporation will also be at the expense of inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids, thus having the potential to reduce inflammation and the risk of chronic disease. Omega-3 fatty acids can exert a range of anti-inflammatory actions within the body, and as such, taking an omega-3 supplement can be very supportive for your heart health.

Source: Veganlifemag.com