Omega 3 & PAD
New research shows that people with peripheral artery disease (PAD) could have lower Omega 3 levels in their red blood cells than people without the disease. PAD affects over 8.5 million Americans and more than 200 million who are in the early stages of developing it later in their lives. It is a common circulatory problem that leads to narrowed arteries in the extremities and insufficient blood flow to keep up with the demand. It damages the arteries in the same way that heart disease normally does. The process is called atherosclerosis. Evidence from multiple studies shows that Omega-3’s improve cardiovascular health. These studies show that Omega3’s improve the lining of the blood vessels, delay the development of plaque, as well as exerting antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic actions. In the latest study, the red blood cells’ fatty acid content of 145 patients with PAD and 34 people without the disease was analyzed. The ratio of Omega-3‘s to Omega – 6 was also compared. The results showed that PAD sufferers had low average Omega-3 levels. In fact, just a 1% decrease in Omega-3’s was associated with a 39% increase in PAD risk. I prescribe all my patients to take at least 4 grams of Omega-3’s. I formulated Dr. Qutab’s Pure Omega-3 which has the right amount of EPA & DHA which scientiﬁc studies show can be beneﬁcial to cardiovascular health. It is currently available on Amazon Prime.