Omega-3 Round Up: The Benefits Just Keep Coming!

Wow, it’s just amazing the benefits that Omega-3s provide. It seems like every week another round of studies comes out that gives us more and more reason to love these good-for-you “good fats,” and I’m happy to say that Omega-3s are just one of those unstoppable nutrients even the masses can’t ignore—check out these cool findings!

  • DHA is now associated with better cognitive performance (like working memory and vocabulary) in middle-aged adults. And while a lot of DHA studies look at the benefits in older adults and children, this study may help bridge the gap, suggesting the beneficial effects of DHA throughout life. 
  • An EPA/DHA fish oil supplement improved lung function in 40 amateur male wrestlers. This is the first fish oil study that looked at lung function in athletes, so it will be interesting to see what other studies come after this one.
  • In a recent study published in the Quarterly Journal of Significant Omega-3 Research, experts found that low intake of Omega-3 EPA and DHA is attributed to a yearly average of 84,000 deaths by ischemic heart disease and stroke in the United States, and is more highly associated with a risk of death than high intake of trans fats; low intake of polyunsaturated fats; low fruit and vegetable consumption; and alcohol use.

And even NASA is getting in on the action! They’re currently investigating the effects of Omega-3 EPA (found in fish oil) on bone loss during the weightlessness of space flight. Pretty cool, huh?

With everything we know about Omega-3s, I wonder when an Omega-3 level blood test will be part of regular bloodwork?? In the meantime, you might want to think about eating more fish or taking a daily Omega-3 fish oil supplement!

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