Help protect your patients against cardiovascular disease and other heart health risks1

Omega-3 fatty acids are a family of polyunsaturated fats, including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Because they are not produced naturally by the body, omega-3s must be obtained from the diet or through supplementation.2

How omega-3s benefit cardiovascular and overall health

Support healthy triglyceride levels3,4

Research suggests that omega-3 EPA + DHA may lower triglyceride levels (lipids) in the blood.3Supplementation with omega-3s has been recommended for patients who need to lower their triglyceride levels.4

Support arterial function5,6

Research suggests that omega-3 EPA + DHA fatty acids may have positive effects on arterial function.5

An inverse relationship has been observed between red blood cell omega-3 concentrations and biomarkers of inflammation.6

Support normal cardiac rhythms3,7

A daily supplement of at least 1 gram of omega-3 EPA + DHA has been recommended for patients with existing cardiovascular disease as it may help support normal cardiac rhythms and overall heart health.3,7

With all the benefits omega-3 EPA + DHA brings, a recommendation of an omega-3 rich diet or supplement is crucial to protecting your patients’ heart health.

NOTE: The studies and findings presented are those of the authors and were not conducted on behalf of the Know Your Ω™ initiative or DSM Nutritional Products. In no way do the authors or their body of work endorse any products or the Know Your Ω™ initiative. All materials are for informational purposes only. Any recommendations made therein are not intended to act as medical advice and should not be regarded as such.


Research shows that inadequate blood levels of omega-3 EPA + DHA are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events.2

About: Know Your Ω™

By 2030, it’s estimated that nearly 44% of U.S. adults will have some form of cardiovascular disease – a leading cause of death among both men and women.3

Omega-3 EPA + DHA can help reduce the overall risk of cardiovascular disease and protect against heart health risks.5 Know Your Ω™, an educational campaign by DSM Nutritional Products, recognizes the vital role that healthcare practitioners play in addressing the vast inadequacy of omega-3 intake among the U.S. population. Know Your Ω™ is a resource that supports omega-3 recommendations to help protect your patients from cardiovascular disease and other health risks.

Know Your Ω™ is a trademark of DSM.


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  2. Del Gobbo LC, Imamura F, Aslibekyan S et al. ω-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Biomarkers and Coronary Heart Disease: Pooling Project of 19 Cohort Studies. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2016;176:1155-66. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.2925.
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  10. FDA Docket No. 2003Q-0401 09/08/2004 enforcement discretion letter; Omega-3 Fatty Acids & Reduced Risk of Coronary Heart Disease.
  11. Mozaffarian D, Benjamin EJ, Go AS et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2016 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2016;133:e38-e360. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000350.

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