The study found that older people with higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids are 25 per cent less likely to die prematurely and a third less likely to die of heart disease. This is the first study to check for levels of fish consumption and link them with death rates. Adults aged 65 and with the highest blood levels of the fatty acids lived, on average, 2.2 years longer than those with the lowest levels.
Lead author Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health said: “Our findings support the importance of adequate blood omega-3 levels for cardiovascular health, and suggest that later in life these benefits could actually extend the years of remaining life.”
If you don’t like oily fish, make sure you take a good quality omega-3 fish supplement that gives you 650mg EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and 450mg DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) daily. It is important to use a good quality brand that is certified free of heavy metals, dioxins and PCBs.
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