Looking at three main causes of death – cardiovascular disease, cancer and all other causes combined – they found statistically significant risk reductions (again compared to the 90th versus the 10th percentile) of 15%, 11% and 13%, respectively.
The range between the 10th and 90th percentile for EPA + DHA (in terms of the omega-3 levels of the red blood cell membrane, i.e. the omega-3 index) was about 3.5 to 7.6 percent. Other research shows that an optimal omega-3 index is 8 percent or more.
In the new paper, the authors found that these results suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may have a positive impact on overall health and thus slow the aging process, and that they are not only good for heart disease. A comprehensive look at observational studies of circulating omega-3s shows that the long-chain omega-3s EPA, DPA and DHA, which are normally derived from seafood, are strongly associated with all-cause mortality, while omega-3s are associated with the Plants 3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) are less. (Image: istock)
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