Why You Need Omega-3s

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1. Inflammatory markers dropped significantly when athletic subjects took 2,224 milligrams of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and 2,208 milligrams of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), according to a study presented by the University of Memphis researchers at the 2009 International Society of Sports Nutrition Conference in New Orleans.

2. Taking at least 500 milligrams daily of EPA plus DHA can have heart health benefits, according to a review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

3. Researchers from the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, MD., found that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids could retard the progression of lesions in age-related macular degeneration in mice. The fatty acids were also associated with an improvement in some lesions, according to their report in The American Journal of Pathology.

4. New findings reported in the British Journal of Nutrition indicate that overweight and obese people have blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids almost 1 percent lower than people with a healthy weight.

5. Iranian researchers report in Clinical Nutrition that infertile men have lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their sperm than fertile men.