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Exciting New Research Shows Omega 3 Supplementation May Slow Biological Aging!

 
New research published in the journal: Brain, Behavior and Immunity indicates that supplementation with Omega 3 fatty acids may slow biological aging by reducing levels of inflammation and free radical damage in 106 middle-aged participants.
 
Subjects supplemented with either 2.5 or 1.25 grams of  Omega 3’s or placebo over a 4 month period.  At the end of the trial scientists noted that
 a marker of  oxidative stress in the blood stream was reduced by 15% showing that omega 3 supplementation protected the participants from free radical damage. Previous research by the same group showed that omega 3 supplementation reduced an inflammatory marker in the blood (Interleukin-6) by 10-12% depending on the dose. By comparison, those taking placebo saw and overall increase in this marker by 36% (a 47% difference between groups).
 
Scientists noted that these changes helped preserve tiny segments of DNA called telomeres in their white blood cells.  These segments, are

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 known to shorten over time in many types of cells as a consequence of aging. In the study, lengthening of telomeres in immune system cells was more prevalent in people who substantially improved the ratio of omega-3s to other fatty acids in their diet. "The telomere finding is provocative in that it suggests the possibility that a nutritional supplement might actually make a difference in aging," noted lead author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, professor of psychiatry and psychology at Ohio State University. "This finding strongly suggests that inflammation is what's driving the changes in the telomeres," Kiecolt-Glaser said. “Inflammation in particular is at the heart of so many health problems. Anything that reduces inflammation has a lot of potentially good spinoffs among older adults," she added.
 
Telomeres are a hot topic in science, and their tendency to shorten is associated with such age-related problems as heart disease and early mortality. These short fragments of DNA act as caps at the end of chromosomes, and can be likened to the protective plastic at the end of a shoelace. "If that plastic comes off, the shoelace unravels and it doesn't work anymore," said study co-author Ron Glaser, professor of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics and director of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research (IBMR) at Ohio State. "In the same way, every time a cell divides, it loses a little bit of its DNA at the ends, and over time, that can cause significant problems."
 
It is important to understand that Americans consume far to much omega 6 fats from vegetable and corn oils while getting relatively little omega 3 fats from such sources as wild caught salmon and tuna.  One hundred years ago people consumed more omega 3 fats as they were plentiful in the animals we ate. Cows grazed on pasture which is naturally high in omega 3’s.  Chickens foraged in the fields eating a diet naturally higher in omega 3’s.   Unfortunately today, do to modern ranching and farming methods, these animals consume high omega 6 grains and therefore their meat has become a poor source of the critical omega 3 fatty acids.
 
While the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids averages about 15-to-1 in the typical American diet, researchers tend to agree that for maximum benefit, this ratio should be lowered to 4-to-1, or even 2-to-1.  One of the easiest ways to reduce your ratio is to eat more fish (careful to choose low mercury varieties), or to supplement with high quality omega 3 fish or krill oil (click here  to purchase).
 
"The idea we were looking at with the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids was an increase in the denominator to make the ratio smaller. In the United States, we need to focus on the omega-3 part because we don't get enough of those," said Belury co-author of the study.
Kiecolt-Glaser noted that this population was disease-free and reported very little stress. They were either overweight or obese and lived sedentary lives. "People who are less healthy than this group, and especially those who experience chronic stress, may gain even more benefits from omega-3 supplementation," she said.
 
High quality fish and or krill oils can be purchased at our store by clicking here . Note that the levels of omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA were 1.25 to 2.5 grams (1,250 to 2,500mgs).  Make sure to use an omega 3 supplement that is concentrated and pharmaceutical grade to insure purity and concentration.  All omega 3 supplements on our site fulfill these parameters.  Most fish 1,000 mg fish oil capsules contain only 300mgs of EPA and DHA.  Click here  to view our Omega 3 supplements.  Click here  to read more about omega 3’s.
 
Written by Dr. Neil Levin, chiropractor, nutritionist, fitness trainer.  2/7/13
Dr. Levin practices on Long Island and can be reached at: drneil@drneillevin.com
  
1. Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser, Martha A. Belury, Rebecca Andridge, William B. Malarkey, Beom Seuk Hwang, Ronald Glaser.Omega-3 supplementation lowers inflammation in healthy middle-aged and older adults: A randomized controlled trial. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 2012; 26 (6): 988 DOI: 10.1016/j.bbi.2012.05.011