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Omega-3 Enriched Yogurt Linked to Improved Heart Health

When trying to boost omega-3 levels, people typically increase consumption of oily fish or flaxseed or take a supplement. However, a new study suggests that eating omega-3 enriched yogurt can also boost omega-3 blood levels and potentially improve heart health.

The study included 53 people with mildly elevated triglycerides levels. For 10 weeks, one third of the group ate an unenriched yogurt as a control, one third ate a yogurt enriched with 0.8 grams of omega-3s, and one third ate an enriched yogurt with 3 grams of omega-3s.

The omega-3 fish oil used in this study contained between 13 and 15% EPA and 13 and 15% DHA.

At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found increased omega-3 levels in both of the supplement groups, with the greatest increases seen in the 3g group. They also noted improved cardiovascular risk factors in those eating the enriched yogurt, including HDL cholesterol levels, AA/EPA ratio and triglyceride levels.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and the Leibniz Institute for Age Research in Germany, as well as the University of Bradford in the UK. It was published online ahead of print on January 7, 2013, in Clinical Nutrition.

Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including improved brain health, alleviating arthritis pain, 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 DHA and EPA omega-3s, while ALA omega-3 fatty-acids are plant derived and can be found in flaxseed oil, vegetable oil, walnuts and now, possibly, yogurt.

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