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People With Higher Omega-3 Levels May Live Longer

Americans tend to have low omega-3s fatty acid levels. According to the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s, only 50% of men and 40% of women get the recommended daily amount. That could be bad news for mature adults, as a recent study suggests that people with higher levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids live longer than those with lower levels.

Participants in the study included 2,193 Swedish women and 2,039 Swedish men. The researchers tested their blood for levels of different fats when they were 60 and then followed them for a minimum of 14.5 years. During that time, 484 cardiovascular disease events and 456 all-cause deaths were recorded in people with no prior cardiovascular disease.

The researchers found that higher levels of EPA and DHA fatty acids were associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease in women, while ALA was associated with moderately increased risk. They also noted an inverse association between EPA and DHA levels and all-cause mortality in all of the participants. Finally, they noted a decreased risk in all-cause mortality in men associated with LA levels.

Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on June 17, 2015, in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including 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. T If you don’t like the taste of fish or are just finding it hard to work it into your meal plans, consider taking a high quality supplement. Make sure your supplement is tested for purity and potency.

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