Omega-3s Associated with Reduction in Blood Clots
Previous studies on the ability of omega-3 fatty acids to reduce clot formation have been conflicting, but recent research suggests that this may be due to the fact that men and women metabolize omega-3s differently. The study found that men derive more benefits from EPA, while women drive more benefits from DHA.
Reducing clot formation can help reduce the risk of stroke or heart attacks linked to blood clots.
The study included 94 men and women. Over the course of four weeks, the participants undertook one of three interventions:
1) a supplement containing 1000 mg EPA, 200 mg DHA;
2) a supplement containing 200 mg EPA, 1000 mg DHA;
3) a placebo.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted that clot formation (platelet aggregation) was reduced by 12% with EPA supplementation and 15% with DHA supplementation in both men and women.
When they examined the data specifically for gender, they found that clot formation was reduced by 18% in women when the data was isolated for DHA and 18% in men when the data was isolated for EPA.
The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Newcastle in Australia. It was published in the April 2013 issue of The Journal of 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, and walnuts.