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Study Links Omega-3 Fatty Acids To Healthy Ageing

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A new study published in the British Medical Journal has found that higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids are associated with healthy ageing among older adults.

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Confirming the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in contributing to healthy ageing, the researchers who conducted this study found that older adults with the highest levels were more likely to be living without either chronic diseases or mental or physical deterioration.

Even before this study, there was already no doubt that omega-3 fatty acids play important roles in protecting our health. Required for the proper functioning of the heart, brain, eyes and other organs, the omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are particularly crucial as the human body can only manufacture them in limited amounts. Significantly, therefore, research suggests that supplementing our diets with this class of micronutrients can provide a wide variety of benefits to our health.

Over the past couple of decades, a succession of studies has shown that omega-3 fatty acids are helpful in preventing and controlling diseases such as cardiovascular disease, neurological disease, cancer, and others. Recent research has added to our knowledge by finding they can also help reduce inflammation in chronic kidney disease and, when combined with B vitamins, stop the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Other studies confirm they can help treat major depression; lower the risk of eye disease; and reduce aggressive behavior in children.

For optimum health benefits, we recommend taking omega-3 fatty acids with a synergistically designed combination of micronutrients. To review Dr. Rath’s scientific recommendations for supplementing with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and trace elements, visit the special ‘Basic Cellular Health Recommendations’ feature page on our website.

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