The other day the phone rang right in the middle of a scary TV show, and I swear I practically jumped right out of my slippers.
My heart was RACING!
But as unexpected as it was, believe it or not, that shock was also a good mini health test. Because how fast your heart rate returns to normal after exertion (or, in my case, a good scare) is actually a critical measurement of your overall cardiovascular health.
Fortunately, mine came right back down after a couple of deep breaths. And it might be because of a single habit I have.
It’s not difficult. In fact, it’s just about the easiest thing I do each day.
Speed heart rate recovery with this protective oil
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t always have perfect habits. Like everyone else, I try my best each day. And like everyone else, I can fall short sometimes.
But there’s one thing I never miss.
I take omega-3 supplements every day, without fail. And that’s because the science clearly shows it’s just about the quickest, easiest, safest, and most effective way I can give my heart some extra protection. Oh, and did I mention it’s cheap TOO?
Now new research reveals yet one more way omega-3 can help. It can speed that heart rate recovery I’ve been talking about.
Now, I don’t recommend that ANYONE test how well their own heart rate bounces back the way I accidentally did. But it IS good to get your heart racing a little with the help of some exercise.
Even something as simple as a brisk walk will work. In fact, doctors often test heart rate recovery by having you walk on a treadmill in most medical clinics. In what’s called an exercise stress test they get your heart rate to speed up with some brisk walking or even a jog. Then stop and see how fast your heart returns to its normal rate.
Boost omega-3s for better health
A quicker recovery back to your regular heart rate is a sign of better overall health. And in the new study, the folks who had an omega-3 index level of eight percent or higher recovered significantly faster than those on the lower end of that scale.
And that’s kind of the catch: Most Americans… even perfectly healthy folks… are nowhere near eight percent on the omega-3 index. But you CAN get there.
A 2019 analysis found that 900 mg of omega-3s per day will bring most people to that level, even if you don’t eat fish regularly. And if you’re a fish fan and have fatty fish such as salmon three times a week, you’ll need around a 500 mg daily supplement to hit that target.
It’s not just about heart rate recovery, either. Having higher levels of omega-3s can cut your risk of both heart disease and heart failure. Plus, it can help prevent major cardiovascular events if you already have either condition.
Omega-3s can also help reduce the risk of stroke, depression, cognitive decline, and more.
Just look for a high-quality, high-potency supplement, and read the label carefully. It’s not enough to take an old 900 mg of “fish oil.” Instead, look for one with 900 mg specifically of EPA and DHA (combined).