Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids
reduce inflammation and may help to lower the risk of chronic diseases and heart conditions.
In the study, "individuals with higher dietary intakes of total omega-3 fatty acids
had a reduced risk for ALS," said lead researcher Kathryn Fitzgerald, of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.
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Our study seems to indicate that the level of marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids
consumed must be higher than previously thought to impart substantial protection," she said.
Moreover, while consuming seafood rich in omega-3 fatty acids
is known to reduce risk of heart disease, there had been questions as to whether the baking process causes a loss of omega -3s in farm-raised Atlantic salmon.
Association between omega-3 fatty acid
supplementation and risk of major cardiovascular disease events: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Determining through further research whether omega-3 fatty acids
or other nutrients relate to spinal fluid or brain beta-amyloid levels, or levels of other Alzheimer's disease-related proteins, can strengthen our confidence on beneficial effects of parts of our diet in preventing dementia.
Dr Zaldy Tan, from the University of California at Los Angeles, who led the US research reported in the journal Neurology, said: "People with lower blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids
had lower brain volumes that were equivalent to about two years of structural brain ageing.
Walnuts, flax seeds and salmon are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids
, important nutrients that are generally deficient in American diets.
THERE is enough evidence to show that omega-3 fatty acids
play a role in boosting the good cholesterol, reducing the inflammatory response, promoting the clumping of platelets, building cell membranes, controlling blood clotting and most importantly, promoting brain development in children.
Omega-3 fatty acids
are derived from linoleic acid, Omega-6 from linoleic acid, and Omega-9 from oleic acid.
Within the family of polyunsaturated fats, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids
are considered "good" fats.
In fact, the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids
for cardiovascular disease are so well demonstrated that the American Heart Association has published statements since 1996 recommending increased fish and/ or omega-3 supplement intake.
Omega-3 fatty acids
are not only associated with heart health, but may also improve the immune system and reduce the risk of developing some cancers.
The results from his study "are important, and help dispel the idea that omega-3 fatty acids
are a panacea.