Sumary of Higher levels of omega-3 acids in the blood increases life expectancy by almost five years:
- Levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood are as good a predictor of mortality from any cause as smoking, according to a study involving the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), in collaboration with The Fatty Acid Research Institute in the United States and several universities in the United States and Canada.
- The study concludes that “Having higher levels of these acids in the blood, as a result of regularly including oily fish in the diet, increases life expectancy by almost five years,” as Dr. Aleix Sala-Vila, a postdoctoral researcher in the IMIM’s Cardiovascular Risk and Nutrition Research Group and author of the study, points out.
- 2,200 people monitored over eleven years The study analysed data on blood fatty acid levels in 2,240 people over the age of 65, who were monitored for an average of eleven years.
- The aim was to validate which fatty acids function as good predictors of mortality, beyond the already known factors.
- The results indicate that four types of fatty acids, including omega-3, fulfil this role.
- It is interesting that two of them are saturated fatty acids, traditionally associated with cardiovascular risk, but which, in this case, indicate longer life expectancy.