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Higher Omega-3 Index Linked To Lower Triglyceride Levels

The omega-3 index is a measure of the fatty acid status of a person. A recent study suggests that a higher omega-3 index may be associated with lower triglyceride levels.


Participants in the study included 276 people with a mean age of 77.6 who took part in the Retirement Health and Lifestyle Study. Participants with the highest omega-3 index had up to 28% lower triglyceride levels than people with the lowest omega-3 index. Participants with the highest index also had a better ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol.


The researchers noted differences between men and women, including the fact that only the women with the lowest omega-3 index had elevated triglyceride levels.  Additionally, the women in general had significantly higher omega-3 indexes than the men.


Researchers from the University of Newcastle conducted the study. It was published in the January 2016 issue of The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.


Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including better moods, improved joint mobility, helping with age related macular degeneration, and aiding your immune system.


Because omega-3 fatty-acids are not found naturally in the human body, it is especially important to make sure that they are a part of your daily diet. Oily, dark fish such as tuna and salmon are high in omega-3s. For vegans like the ones in this study or for folks who just don’t like fish, consider taking a daily high quality non-fish supplement that has been tested for purity and potency.

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