WHAT’S LEFT VENTRICULAR REMODELING AND WHAT CAUSES IT?
The left ventricle is one of the four chambers of the heart and it’s located at the bottom left part of the organ.
It receives oxygenated blood and pumps it out to the body.
Given its function, it’s the most muscular of the heart chambers.
Unfortunately, age and a host of contributing factors causes the left ventricle to thicken and alter shape (remodeling), causing its “ejection fraction” (the amount of blood it pumps out) to suffer.
If you were to ask 100 cardiologists what it was that caused this thickening, or for that matter, heart disease in general, around 95 of them would probably answer inflammation.
Inflammation is absolutely the case here as well
Good News: Even for people over 50
Omega-3 fatty acids (e.g., fish oil), appear to prevent or ameliorate left ventricular remodeling.
It decreases inflammation
A meta-analysis conducted by Jing Liu and his colleagues included 12 separate studies comprising 2,162 participants. (1)
They concluded that omega-3 fatty acids improved left ventricular ejection fraction by reducing circulating levels of inflammatory cytokines.
This improvement seemed to be dependent on accumulated dosage (daily intake coupled with duration), with the benefits becoming more prominent when total intake reached at least 600 grams of omega-3’s.
In addition, the authors pointed to multiple other studies that showed that omega-3 fatty acids had other superpowers, too.
These superpowers included:
- Modification of cardiac ion channels
- Improvement of vascular endothelium
- Modulation of autonomic nervous system activity
- Enhancement of cardiac energy metabolism
All benefits for your heart.
If you have an accommodating doctor and really good medical insurance, consider going for prescription Lovaza.
However, if you don’t, use Omega-3 Pharmaceutical-grade, prescription-strength by Strength Genesis.
It uses the same molecular distillation process as the prescription brands and 4 capsules will give you approximately the same amount of omega-3s as four capsules of Lovaza at about 1/6th the price.
Since I personally do not qualify for prescription fish oil and furthermore, my high deductible insurance plan won’t cover it, I created Omega-3.