Millions of South Africans take a daily fish oil supplement because they believe the omega-3 fatty acids it contains benefits their heart health.
Up until now, scientific studies on this topic have been contradictory, but new research finds that taking fish oil supplements every day can improve the heart health of seniors in just 12 weeks!
Read on for the full findings, as published in Physiological Reports…
Arterial stiffness affects how strongly the heart needs to pump to circulate blood…
The arteries become stiffer as you age, which affects how strongly your heart needs to pump blood throughout your body. Doctors measure arterial stiffness using pulse wave velocity (PWV) or augmentation index.
Past studies have suggested that fish oil could reduce arterial stiffness, so researchers at the USA’s Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine set out to examine whether or not omega-3 supplements could reverse the effects of ageing
in healthy older adults.
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Increased fish oil intake may be a way to prevent cardiovascular disease in older adults
For their study, the researchers looked at healthy participants between ages 60 and 80. They took two fish oil capsules twice a day for 12 weeks. Each capsule contained 1,000 mg of omega-3 – split between 465 mg of eicosapentaenoic (EPA) acid and 375 mg of docosahexaenoic (DHA) acid. The researchers measured the participants’ PWV, augmentation index and blood pressure
both before and after the 12-week programme.
After only 12 weeks, the team noted that the participants’ PWV values significantly decreased, although augmentation index and blood pressure
didn’t improve. “These findings provide support for the concept that increased omega-3 intake may be an efficacious therapy in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in aging humans through effects on central arterial stiffness,” the team wrote, adding that these effects occurred over a relatively short period of time.
If you aren’t already taking fish oil for your heart health, it’s about time you start!
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