The New England Journal of Medicine study included 346 pregnant women in their third trimester who took Omega-3 fatty acids
daily and 349 who took a placebo, Health News reported.
A previous study found that omega-3 fatty acids
from fish oil were associated with improved survival for heart attack patients, but the role of omega-3 fatty acids
in improving the structure and tissue of the heart in patients receiving current guideline-based therapy after a heart attack was unknown.
Additionally, many people are short on omega-3 fatty acids
, so also aim to eat foods rich in these anti-inflammatory fats, such as walnuts, flax seed, tuna, salmon, herring, trout, and canola and soybean oils.
Comment: The results of this meta-analysis suggest that omega-3 fatty acids
are beneficial in the treatment of dry eye syndrome.
We found a small to modest positive effect of omega-3 fatty acids
, compared with placebo, but the size of this effect is unlikely to be meaningful to people with depression, and we considered the evidence to be of low or very low quality All studies contributing to our analyses were of direct relevance to our research question, but most of these studies are small and of low quality," Katherine M.
Although wild fish tend to be higher in omega-3 fatty acids
than farm-raised fish, farmed fish can be an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids
have been shown to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress on cells and both of those processes damage nerve tissue and have been linked with ALS.
The very large increase in omega-3 fatty acids
in organic milk--62 percent higher than in conventional milk--really surprised the whole research team," says Charles Benbrook, a program leader with WSU's Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.
We suggest that all manufacturers should indicate on the labels the forms in which omega-3 fatty acids
are present in the fish oil/ omega-3 supplements they produce, and that the labels should also warn pregnant women about the use of supplements containing EEs.
Lead author Akira Sekikawa, associate professor of epidemiology at Pitt Public Health, said that previous studies investigated substantially lower intake of omega-3 fatty acids
than what people in Japan actually get through their diet.
Women who have the highest ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids
have nearly twice the risk of hip fractures compared to women with the lowest ratios.
The comparison showed that fat content is higher in farmed fish, and that cholesterol and Omega-3 fatty acids
are roughly in the same range for both types of fish.
Older individuals with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids
found in fish and fish-oil supplements do not do better than those with lower levels on tests of thinking and memory, according to a study published online Sept.
Among their topics are sources of the acids, stabilizing them and enriched foods using antioxidants, modifying animal diets to enrich dairy and meat production with omega-3 fatty acids
, enriching baked goods, enriching emulsified foods, algal oil as a source, and labeling and claims in foods containing omega-3 fatty acids
Two omega-3 fatty acids
, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), are abundant in such oily fish.