Omega-3 intake and heart health


The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is an independent health research organization at the University of Washington that provides rigorous measurement of the world’s most important health problems. A study of this organization (that includes data for death and disability from 291 diseases, conditions, and injuries as well as 67 risk factors) estimates that, in the United States, 1.4 million deaths caused by coronary heart disease (a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart) in 2010 were attributable to low intakes of omega-3 EPA and DHA (below 250 mg/day). The number of deaths that the Institute attributes to this reason has increased up 40% between 1990 and 2010.

They also have estimated the economic loss due to deaths that would have been preventable: more than 28 million years of productivity lost as a result of cardiac deaths attributable to low EPA and DHA intakes.

And let us not forget that they are talking about avoidable deaths!