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New Research: More Omega-3 Benefits Discovered for Middle Age


If you are middle aged, fish oil may help your body in more ways than one. You do not have to be a nutritionist to know of Omega-3s cardiovascular benefits. However, a new study has shown additional evidence that suggests DHA can help improve non-verbal reasoning and working memory in people between 35 and 54.

What Exactly are Omega-3s?

The Omega-3 nutrient is made up of three different (yet unique) unsaturated fatty acids.  ALA, EPA and DHA, which are otherwise known as a-linolenic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid, and docosahexaenonic acid.  Although scientists can go overboard with the creation of acronyms on occasion, after trying to pronounce “eicosapentaenoic,” it is understandable that these huge words deserve their own dedicated capital letters!  Refreshingly, most normal people just call this supplement fish oil. 

The New Research on Mind and Memory

Matthew Muldoon and his fellow researchers at the University of Pittsburgh recently conducted a study to analyze 280 people aged between 35 and 54. He was searching for a link between these middle-aged subjects and the affect of omega-3s on mind and memory. Included in his findings was that “Higher DHA was related to better performance on tests of nonverbal reasoning and mental flexibility, working memory, and vocabulary.”  Going further, they also suggested that “research to date suggests that specifically, DHA may favorably affect cognitive performance and may do so throughout the life course.” Translation: middle age doesn’t have to mean a foggy brain!

Other Benefits Abound

In regards to cardiovascular health, Omega-3s have demonstrated proven, EPA-sanctioned results. This is a rare thing in the world of nutritional science.  Given the enormous complexity of diet, physiology, medical science, genetic predisposition, and pharmaceutical chemistry, it is oftentimes difficult to find a scientifically defensible place to stand as a nutritionist.  Omega-3s have surmounted these challenges, and is one of those rare substances that show unambiguous results, duplicated in study after study. When the EPA recognizes that Omega-3 acids have been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease and lower blood pressure, you can be sure that the naysayers have been quelled. 

Given these consistently powerful results, it is not difficult to imagine other tangible benefits that may also arise from these three fatty acids, and there are other governmental entities (The Canadian Food Inspection Agency) that go as far as admitting that Omega-3s can “support the normal development of the brain, eyes, and nerves.”  There is little doubt that Omega-3s provide a significant benefit to your heart, arteries, and blood pressure, and now cognitive function may be positively impacted as well. It deserves careful consideration when you decide the composition of your daily supplements.

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