Almost all the news about Omega-3 fatty acids is good. But there are different Omega-3s out there. The Omega-3 from plants like flax is called ALA or alpha linolenic acid, while EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid ) are found in marine organisms like fish oil. These essential fatty acids are needed by humans, but cannot be synthesized by us. Humans can make ALA into EPA, and then into DHA, but this process becomes less efficient with age.
Recent studies have suggested that Omega-3s may help to improve blood vessel elasticity, artery function and possibly reduce the risk of blood clotting, thereby reducing the likelihood of strokes and heart attacks.
A wide range of human illnesses deal with the inflammation of tissues including cardiovascular disease. Research has indicated that Omega-3s can reduce the C-reactive protein (CRP) inflammatory marker just as well as statins do.
Effects On Aging
Analysis of the tiny segments of DNA in white blood cells known as "telomeres", found that study group members who took Omega-3 had telomeres that did not experience the normal shortening found in aging. That may indicate that boosting Omega-3 levels may actually slow the aging process.