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Omega 3's, Fish Oil Supplements Slows Aging Process, Makes Users Live Longer

Update Date: Oct 02, 2012 10:32 AM EDT
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While the benefits of Omega-3's are indisputable, widely known to boost brain power, support mood alleviation and regulate cardiovascular health among many other things, now researchers are suggesting that taking enough of the super-supplements could even slow the aging process.

According to report by Ohio state University, Taking enough omega-3 fatty acid supplements to change the balance of oils in the diet could slow a key biological process linked to aging by preserving tiny segments of white blood cells called telmoners that otherwise shorten over time.

The study shows that 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," said Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, professor of psychiatry and Psychology at Ohio State and lead author of the study.

Researchers studied middle-aged overweight but otherwise healthy subjects who were instructed to take omega-3 supplements everyday for four months.

Not only did prolonged consumption of the supplement change genetic composition of subjects but,

In another recent publication from this study, Kiecolt-Glaser and colleagues reported that omega-3 fatty acid supplements lowered inflammation in this same group of adults.

Inflammation, the study puports, is at the heart of many ageing related health issues.

Researchers say that the combination of results suggests that omega-3 supplements could represent a rare single nutritional intervention that has potential to lower the risk for a host of diseases associated with aging, such as coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer's disease.

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