As NaturalNews has previously reported, omega-3s, the fatty acids found primarily in cold water fish like salmon, have a host of health benefits, including alleviating depression, preventing age-related blindness and protecting against prostate cancer. And now there’s evidence omega-3s may have a profound anti-aging effect, too.
Telomeres, structures at the end of chromosomes that are involved in the stability and replication of chromosomes, are markers of biological aging. Genetic factors, exposure to certain chemicals and environmental stressors shorten the length of telomeres and are believed to contribute to the aging process. New research just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that omega-3s slow down the shortening of telomeres — this means omega-3 fatty acids may protect against aging on a cellular level.
Previous studies have shown that people with established cardiovascular disease who have a high dietary intake of marine omega-3 fatty acids live longer than others with the same health problems who do not have adequate omega-3s in their diet. Click to read the entire article.
Although pancreatic cancer is highly lethal, we don’t know much about its etiology except that smoking has been linked to increased risk of the disease.
Now a study published Jan 26 2010 in the International Journal of Cancer has found evidence suggesting that high intake of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins C and E may reduce the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
Gong Z and colleagues from the School of Medicine University of California in San Francisco analyzed data from a large population-based case-control study in the San Francisco Bay area and found high intake of vitamin C and E and omega 3 fatty acids was associated with low risk of pancreatic cancer. Click to read the entire story.
In the United States the leading cause of death is heart disease as well as a major cause of disabilities. Since February is American Heart Month our association wants to focus this months newsletter on the benefits of eating a diet rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3’s are not just great for heart health, it has also been related to decreased risk of various types of disease including certain cancers.
Farmed Atlantic salmon from Chile offers a nutritious and healthy protein choice for everyone in the family. For more information on the benefits of consuming omega 3’s please visit the American Heart Association as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.