People with an optimal level of omega-3s in their blood tend to live longer, healthier lives

People with an optimal level of omega-3s in their blood tend to live longer, healthier lives

Three options to check the fatty acid status in your blood
  • Omega-3 Index Basic
  • Omega-3 Index Plus
  • Omega-3 Index Complete

Three options to check the fatty acid status in your blood
  • Omega-3 Index Basic
  • Omega-3 Index Plus
  • Omega-3 Index Complete
Omega-3s Are Anti-Aging Nutrients
Supporting bone and joint health, as well as mood and cognitive function, fighting inflammation and infections, and reducing the symptoms of heart disease are all major issues affecting aging individuals. Most of these things start happening when you get older in part because of genetics and lifestyle, but also because our bodies start slowing down, which affects the uptake and metabolism of key nutrients, such as omega-3s.

Omega-3s support a healthy aging process and proper intake is highly encouraged among older individuals. But how much is enough? Only an Omega-3 Index test will tell you.

Omega-3s & Vitamin D Are Anti-Aging Nutrients
Supporting bone and joint health, as well as mood and cognitive function, fighting inflammation and infections, and reducing the symptoms of heart disease are all major issues affecting aging individuals. Most of these things start happening when you get older in part because of genetics and lifestyle, but also because our bodies start slowing down, which affects the uptake and metabolism of key nutrients, such as omega-3s and vitamin D.

Omega-3s and vitamin D support a healthy aging process and proper intake is highly encouraged among older individuals. But how much is enough? Only an Omega-3 Index or Vitamin D test will tell you.

Key Studies on the Omega-3 Index and Aging
The Cardiovascular Health Study
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The Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS) is a prospective observational study of thousands of Americans whose average age was about 74 when the study began in 1989. The original purpose was to identify risk factors related to the onset of coronary heart disease and stroke. But as the cohort has aged, CHS has become an important study of the aging process.

For one study, researchers tracked more than 2600 adults from 1992 to 2006 to see if they continued to live without chronic diseases and without mental or physical problems. Blood levels of the long chain omega-3s EPA, DPA and DHA, as well as the short-chain omega-3 ALA, were measured three times over the ensuing years and averaged to give a long-term estimate of omega-3 status.

The research team reported that higher overall levels of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, but not of the short-chain fatty acid ALA, were found in those individuals who the researchers referred to as “healthy agers.” On top of this finding, the risk for death from any cause was reduced by 33% when comparing those with the highest Omega-3 Index to those with the lowest.

The Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study
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A study published in 2017 also confirmed that people with higher Omega-3 Index levels have a longer lifespan. In this case, researches looked at the Omega-3 Index levels of more than 6000 postmenopausal women (age 65-80) who participated in the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study, a large, prospective cohort study that has been following the health outcomes of a group of US women for more than 20 years.

Compared to those with low a Omega-3 Index (<4%), women with optimal Omega-3 Index levels (>8%) had a 31% reduced risk for death from any cause (heart attack, stroke, cancer, etc.), leading to the conclusion that having an Omega-3 Index in the protective range (8-12%) is related to a longer and healthier life.

More Studies
Why do you need to test your Omega-3 level?

Are you a Healthcare Provider?

Diet is a key piece to maintaining proper  health as you age. Help your patients stay on track with their nutritional status by testing their nutrients levels every 4-6 months.

Learn more about how to bring the power of testing to your patients. A simple finger stick and a drop of blood will tell you a lot about their nutritional status and how that relates to their health and longevity.

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