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Omega-3 fatty acids may be the answer to better gut health

by , 07 November 2017
Omega-3 fatty acids may be the answer to better gut health
Omega-3 fatty acids offer a host of health benefits, including lowering inflammation, improving heart health and boosting your mood. It's no wonder salmon always ranks high on health food lists!

Now, a recent study has found that these healthy fats may also promote gut health, particularly in middle-aged and senior women. Keep reading for more…

Study links omega-3 fatty acids to better gut health in middle-aged and senior women

To reach these findings, British researchers compared how different diets after the gut microbiome – the community of microorganisms that live in your digestive tract. They looked at more than 876 female twins with an average age of 65 and studied their dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids, which are abundant in fatty fish, eggs, wild rice, flaxseeds and walnuts.
 
The researchers found an association between a healthy microbiome composition and a high take of omega-3-rich foods. Past research has also suggested that omega-3 fatty acids affect the microbiome in positive ways, but this study is one of the largest to use humans. Travis King, RD, a dietician based in Seattle in the United States, says this makes these results more compelling than studies done on animals or a small group of people.

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This group of nutrients is not only the answer to boosting your mood... Preventing Alzheimer's and dementia... It's also 8 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVE than an Anti-Depressant!...

Nature’s secret to optimum mental health... 
  • Protects you from depression and other mood disorders including schizophrenia. 
  • Improves memory and learning. (In fact, studies show kids who take Omega 3 supplements do better at school, score higher in tests and have fewer behavioural issues than those who don’t.)
  • Fights age-related memory loss and senior moments synonymous with dementia and Alzheimer’s. 
  • And protects against stress-related job burnout. 

And it’s all thanks to the “Omega 3 Effect”

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When your microbiome is out of balance, you’re at greater risk of weight gain and chronic issues!

In addition to influencing your digestion, your microbiome helps regulate your metabolism and immune system. When it’s out of balance, you’re more susceptible to weight gain as well as chronic issues such as inflammatory bowel disease and type 2 diabetes.
 
In light of this, Kara Landau, RD, a dietician based in New York City, says this study is “a fantastic opening to an area of research that I’m sure will continue to grow”. She adds “Considering the evidence we already have of omega-3 benefits, and the importance of maintaining strong gut integrity, it makes sense to include more omega food sources to improve overall health and wellbeing.”
 
Get more omega3 fatty acids in your diet by eating more omega-3-rich foods or taking a daily fish oil supplement.

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