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Omega 3 Linked to Brain, Cardio and Digestive Health

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Omega 3 Linked to Brain, Cardio and Digestive Health

Omega 3 Linked to Brain, Cardio and
Digestive Health
According to an article published in the 2011 edition of Brain, Behavior and Immunity, a recent study has concluded that an increased intake of Omega 3 Fatty Acids has proven to lower anxiety and inflammation in 68 medical students.

The double-blind study showed that anxiety symptoms were 20% lower in students taking an Omega 3 supplement for 12 weeks when compared to those taking a placebo.

The study also revealed a 14% improvement in the levels of a blood marker of inflammation observed in the same group of students and in contrast to those given a placebo.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids (ALA, EPA & DHA) have been linked to a variety to health benefits. Although most recent studies suggest that these benefits are most prevalent in brain health, numerous studies have also shown significant benefits in cardiovascular health, immune function, digestion (crohn's disease), joints (arthritis), skin (psoriasis) and even cancer.

Nutritional surveys suggest that American's are not consuming enough Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Some studies indicate that in average people are consuming five times less than what the World Health Organization recommends: 0.3-0.5 grams of EPA and DHA; and 0.8-1.1 grams of ALA, per day.

The American Heart Association recommends consuming oily fish or supplements containing fish oils at least two times per week. People with history of coronary heart disease should consume at least one gram of EPA and DHA every day. Those wishing to lower triglycerides can consume two to four grams a day.

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega-3_fatty_acid#cite_note-118
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21784145
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fish-oil/NS_patient-fishoil/DSECTION=evidence

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