Omega-3’s Return on Investment

According to a recent European study, young people have an inexpensive and bullet shot at preventing the development of high blood pressure by increasing their intake of omega-3 fatty acid, a high-octane nutrient. This study was presented at the American Heart Association’s 2016 Scientific Session. This study involved measuring the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood of 2,036 young and healthy adults.

They first assessed each subject’s blood pressure and found that those with the most omega-3s in their blood had the lowest systolic blood pressure. Those with the lowest amount in their blood had the highest diastolic blood pressure.

A researcher at the University of Zurich and Cantonal Hospital of Baden in Switzerland, Dr. Mark Filipovic, said that even a reduction in blood pressure as little as 5mm Hg could prevent the number of strokes and heart-related events people experience. Less than 1 gram of omega-3 fats could benefit people who already suffer from hypertension, according to a report from another recent study. Just by taking a single 3-ounce serving of wild-caught Alaskan salmon you will receive this amount. A source of Krill oil has proven the best source.

By taking omega-3 supplements it can increase muscle function in older women. In a study each participant had her muscle size measured using MRI and muscle function testing with a dynamometer before and after the program began. The results were that resistance training increased their muscle function, size and quality in all the individuals. The women in the placebo group exercise training resulted in an average strength increase of 16%, but when the exercises were combined with an intake of fish oil, that improvement increased to an average of 34%.

By improved skeletal muscle improvement it could mean regaining the ability to rise from a chair or toilet, climb stairs and even regaining or maintaining independence. Losing their independence is probably the biggest fear by the elderly today. By having decreased function in older people it means their quality of life begins to diminish. The percentage of people who reach age 65 is projected to increase from 17% now to 23% by 2035, and are encouraging people to develop effective strategies for maintaining health well before that time is crucial. Companies are developing more omega-3 rich products to benefit brain health, cortisol control, ADHD mitigation, sports nutrition and stress management.

Lecithin contains choline that is good for your brain health of which ¾’s is phosphatidylcholine (PC). It was recently reported by the European Union (EU) that the savings for health care costs realized by using omega-3 food supplements to reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD) related events, are currently estimated at 38.4 million events throughout the EU. It is estimated by scientists that the relative risk among adults aged 55 and over is reduced by 4.9% given the use of 1,000 mg of omega-3 EPA+DHA supplements on a daily basis.

The shortage of marine-based omega-3 fatty acids is a health concern for higher risk of chronic disease worldwide. Krill oil is an ideal choice for raising the Omega-3 index because its omega-3’s are mostly bound to phospholipids, which enhance cellular uptake and carry EPA and DHA into the blood more efficiently. Omega-3s have a 230% return on investment! So why would we not take advantage of Alaskan salmon?

Dr Fredda Branyon