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Research Shows Fish Oil Can Contribute To Health

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - Many believe that, despite recent headlines to the contrary,  there are still significant reasons to make omega-3 fish oils part of their  regular diet.

Here are three examples:

• Taking fish oil may be  linked to lowered risk of macular degeneration.

A recent article published in The Journal of Nutrition reports an  association between high levels of omega-3 fish oils and a lower risk of  age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness in older  men and women.

The investigation included 963 participants, aged 73 and older. The  participants underwent eye examinations during 2006−2008 and were  followed for an average of 31 months. Having a higher blood level of omega-3  fats was associated with a decreased risk of developing macular degeneration  in this age group in comparison to participants with the lowest omega-3  levels.

• As fish oil goes up, heart  failure goes down.

Boston-based researchers published a study involving over 176,000 people  and found that with every 15-gram increase in fish consumption, there’s  a subsequent 5 percent drop in the risk of heart failure. Researchers’   investigations didn’t stop there.

They also looked into fish oil supplements and the different types of  omega-3 fats, in particular DHA and EPA. They found that for every  125-mg-per-day increase in both types, there was a 3 percent decrease in  heart failure risk. So it seems that most of the benefit from omega-3 fats,  at least in terms of heart failure, comes from EPA and DHA.

The researchers believe that if their findings are “…confirmed  by a large, randomized study, EPA and DHA supplements could be added to the  list of lifestyle factors and drugs that can be used for the prevention of  heart failure.”

“That’s a powerful statement coming from conventional doctors,”   says Michael A. Smith, M.D., senior health scientist for Life Extension in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,  and host of “Healthy Talk” on www.RadioMD.com.

• Fish oil can lower  inflammation.

One of the results of unresolved chronic inflammation can be cancer. Years  of study have shown that cancer development is associated with increasing  inflammation. “Newer research is revealing that fish oil has exciting  possibilities for slowing—or even preventing—cancer due to its  anti-inflammatory effects,” says Dr. Smith, whose organization is a  global leader in anti-aging and longevity research.

According to Dr. Smith, women with a history of breast cancer who have the  highest EPA and DHA, and subsequent lowest level of inflammation, have about  a 25 percent lower risk of additional breast cancer events compared with  those having the lowest intake.

And there are additional studies showing a preventative benefit of high  levels of omega-3 fish oils and lower levels of inflammation in prostate,  colon, skin, lymphoma and lung cancers.

Keep A Critical Eye

Laboratory and clinical research continues to reveal how important fish  oil is to health and well-being. Omega-3 fish oils lower inflammation,  protect against cancer and improve your heart, brain and eyes.

For more information about omega-3 fish oils, visit www.lef.org/fish-oil or call their  toll-free number, 1-855-813-9015.
These  statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.   These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any  disease.