It’s no secret that fish oil is good for you. Many studies prove it’s beneficial for lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation, improving skin health and more. Recent research published in the Journal of Physiological Reports, state that taking a high dose of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, benefits heart health in adults 60-80 years of age.
Researchers from Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, took a close look at arteries in adults. They wanted to see if fish oil could improve cardio vascular health, in healthy adults. As we age our blood vessel elasticity decreases, which gives way to arterial stiffness. Arterial stiffness can lead to poor heart health and even Cardiovascular Disease.
The scientists conducted the study among two age groups. In group one the adults were between the ages of 21-35 and group two consisted of adults between 60-80. Using scientific means of measurement, the researchers were able to measure artery improvement. The subjects were instructed to take four Omega -3 capsules daily, in two divided doses, for 3 months. Each capsule contained 465 mg eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 375 mg docosahexanoic acid (DHA). In just 12 weeks the researchers concluded that the Omega 3- Fatty Acids found in fish oil reversed arterial stiffness in the 60-80-year-old group.
The researchers were somewhat baffled as to why arterial stiffness improved in the older group, but not the younger. They also observed, that the Omega-3 content in the subjects red blood cells increased in both test groups, however the older group seemed to carry more. This was also a mystery to the scientists.
The study did conclusively, surmise that if you are between the ages of 60-80, taking a high dose of fish oil daily, can improve arterial health.
- Monahan, Kevin D., Robert P. Feehan, Cheryl Blaha, and Daniel J. Mclaughlin. “Effect of omega‐3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation on central arterial stiffness and arterial wave reflections in young and older healthy adults.” Physiological Reports 3.6 (2015): n. pag. Web.