In a study of 214 men and 79 women who had recently had a heart attack, long-term fish consumption was associated with a much lower risk of having another heart attack in the next 30 days. This was a major benefit as eating more than 7 portions of fish a week was associated with an 83% reduced risk of recurrent heart problems after hospitalization. The authors of this study conclude, "An inverse relationship between long-term fish and fish oils consumption and short-term prognosis of patients who had had an ACS was observed."
If you are not up for eating salmon, tuna, or herring on a regular basis, an alternative is 1 teaspoon of fish oil three to seven times a week.
"Long-term fish consumption is associated with lower risk of 30-day cardiovascular disease events in survivors from an acute coronary syndrome," Pounis GD, Panagiotakos DB, et al, Int J Cardiol, 2008 July 16; [Epub ahead of print].
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.