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Low Levels Of Omega-3 May Shorten Life Span

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A new study from researchers at Harvard found Omega-3 deficiencies can cause up to 96,000 preventable deaths annually in the United States. Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency ranked as the sixth highest killer of Americans. Tobacco smoking ranks as the highest risk factor for preventable death followed by high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, and high salt intake.

Studies on Omega-3 fatty acids are becoming increasingly more important as we recognize the benefits of Omega-3 supplementation. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid consisting of EPA and ALA. On this note oily fishes such as sardines, anchovies, and mackerel are good sources of Omega-3. However, given that our oceans and streams are polluted withmercury, dioxins, and contaminants, even too much fish can be hazardous. Therefore researchers suggest fish consumption be limited to two times a week.

Relying on adequate levels of Omega-3 fatty acids from dietary sources alone seems ill advised. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be beneficial for heart health, circulation, brain, neurological functions as well as maintaining good hair, skin and nails. Clearly daily supplementation with Omega-3 fatty acids
Source: The Institute For Healthy Living February 17, 2010


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