Fish oils could be an ‘Elixir of youth’

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The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, investigated the relationship between omega-3 fatty acids and cell caps found at the ends of chromosomes, called telometers, as a marker of biological age**. The caps are made from copied strands of DNA and have a similar function to bookends or the plastic ends of shoelaces. They prevent the ends of chromosomes becoming damaged and helps protect our DNA and prevents cells from dying.

The study of 608 patients suggested that omega-3 had a direct effect on biological ageing by slowing down the rate at which cell caps shorten by a third. Patients with high levels of omega-3 in their diets over three years had longer caps than those with lower levels. These findings could help explain further the results of studies which have suggested that omega-3’s could increase the chances of survival after heart attack*** and protect against conditions related to brain aging such as dementia and alzheimers. 

Omega-3 fats are ‘essential ' and cannot be produced by the body, so must be obtained through diet or supplementation. Oily fish is one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids, however for the majority of us who aren’t eating enough oily fish, supplementation is a safe and convenient way to boost omega-3 intake. 

Efamol has been a global leader in essential fatty acid supplements for almost 30 years, with an advanced product range including Efalex, specifically designed to safeguard dietary intake of these essential nutrients. A daily dose of Efalex contains 365mg of Omega-3 fatty acids providing over half the recommended daily dose of these essential nutrients known to help maintain concentration and healthy brain function.  Taking Efalex daily together with the government’s suggested two portions of fish a week**** is an easy way to safeguard an adequate intake of Omega-3 fatty acids to benefit both heart and brain health.

* Daily Telegraph, page 10, 20 January 2010

** Ramin Farzaneh-Far, MD; Jue Lin, PhD; Elissa S. Epel, PhD; William S. Harris, PhD; Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD; Mary A. Whooley, MD, ‘Association of Marine Omega-3 Fatty Acid Levels With Telomeric Aging in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease’ JAMA 2010; Volume 303(3), Pages 250-257. 

*** C.J. Lavie, R.V. Milani, M.R. Mehra, H.O. Ventura, 2009, "Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Diseases" Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Volume 54, Pages 585-594.

****Current guidelines are two portions of fish a week, one of which should be oily.

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