It turns out that along with all of the many benefits of consuming omega-3 fats, new research shows that it can help you live longer too.

Cardiologists from the University of California, San Francisco, and other hospitals measured telomere length over five years in 608 patients who had coronary-artery blockage and previous heart attacks. Researchers found that people with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their white blood cells experienced significantly less shortening of telomeres over five years, as compared with patients with lower omega-3 levels.

Telomeres are the part of your DNA that has been thought to indicate longevity.  Generally as people age their telomeres decrease in length.  The thinking, therefore is that if taking omega-3’s can be shown to decrease the decline of the telomeres, then they decrease the decline associated with aging as well.

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