Omega-3 Fatty Acid From Fish May Be Key to Healthy Aging, Study Says
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“I’ll have the fish.”
According to findings recently published in The British Medical Journal, we should be making that choice at least twice a week if we want healthy, long lives.
American researchers followed 2,622 adults, of an average of 74, for 25 years. In addition to overall health, the blood levels of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids — healthy fats found in foods such as fish, nuts, leafy greens and vegetable and flaxseed oils — were recorded.
In the end, the higher the omega-3 levels, the healthier participants stayed over time.
Rather than length of life, however, researchers focused on quality of life.
“People nowadays are living longer, but they are not necessarily in good health,” Heidi Lai, study co-author and postdoctoral fellow at Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy told Time Health. “No one really wants to live a long life and spend most of their late life burdened with disease.”