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2010: A Big Year for Omega-3 Research

The December 2010 Fats of Life newsletter recently reviewed omega-3 research in 2010, highlighting an impressive list of studies over the past year that have found a link between omega-3 fatty acids and various health benefits.

A number of studies in 2010 found an association between omega-3 fatty acids and osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis, which is also known as degenerative joint disease, is a painful chronic condition characterized by a breakdown of cartilage in joints. It is the most common type of arthritis.

Other studies over the past year have shown that omega-3 fatty acids, mainly EPA and DHA, may not only reduce symptoms of arthritis but also decrease cartilage breakdown and add beneficial tissues to help cushion joints.

Omega-3's have also been shown to improve periodontitis, a chronic inflammatory condition that destroys gum tissue and bone if untreated.

Yet another study showed that omega-3 fatty acids were effective at reducing the risk of abnormal heartbeats following cardiac surgery.

Omega-3's have a long history of scientific studies linking them to various cardiovascular benefits but in recent years more and more additional benefits are being uncovered. These new studies in 2010 add to an ever growing list of health benefits associated with omega-3's which already includes improving cognitive function, reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration and even reducing the risk of mortality.

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