Omega-3 fatty acids could increase life expectancy


The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids to cardiovascular health have been known for some time. But now, a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Washington suggests that elderly people with high blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids, the fatty acids found in fish, could see their overall risk of mortality reduced by 27% and their risk of mortality due to heart disease reduced by 35%.

The study was performed on 2,692 adults with an average age of 74 years and no prevalent heart disease, cerebrovascular accident or underlying heart failure. The researchers found that the elderly people with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids lived an average of 2.2 years longer than those with lower levels.

These results confirm that adequate levels of omega-3 fatty acids are essential to cardiovascular health.