Slow Aging

With omega 3s

Changing the balance of oils in the diet by taking enough omega-3 fatty acid supplements may slow a key biological process linked to aging.

A recent study determined that most overweight but healthy middle-aged and older adults who took omega-3 supplements for four months saw preservation of DNA segments in their white blood cells. The segments, called telomeres, are known to shorten over time as a consequence of aging.

Omega-3 supplementation also reduced oxidative stress, which is caused by excessive free radicals in the blood.

Based on these antiaging findings, researchers said omega-3 supplements could reduce the risks for many diseases associated with aging, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s.



“Omega-3 Supplements May Slow a Biological Effect of Aging,” Ohio State University, 10/1/12


Choose Eco-Friendly Omega 3s

How can you be sure you’re buying healthful omega-3 supplements that are environmentally low impact? Read the ingredients on supplement bottles to learn the source of the fatty acids, and visit the producers’ websites to find out about their harvesting and production techniques.

Consider buying supplements certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. Look for the council’s Certified Sustainable Seafood logo on the label. To earn the logo, seafood and seafood products must meet the organization’s best practice guidelines and must originate from a sustainable fishery.


Omega Balance

Throughout most of history, humans have consumed a healthy balance of essential fatty acids—approximately twice as many omega 6s as omega 3s. But with all the processed foods made with omega 6s in the United States today, that ratio has shifted to 17 to 1.

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