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Omega-3 Intake Can Help Slow Aging In Heart Disease Patients, Study Concludes

January 26, 2010 by  

Omega-3 intake can help slow aging in heart disease patients, study concludesA recent study from the University of California has found that patients who have coronary heart disease with high blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids may age more slowly than those with the lowest levels of the compound.

Researchers found that patients with cardiovascular disease who had a high intake of omega-3s had slower shrinking telomeres, which are structures at the end of a chromosome that get shorter with time, making them an indicator of biological age, according to Health Day.

"What [researchers are] really saying is that there is quite an impact of omega-3s on cell support and cell functioning," said Suzanne Steinbaum, spokeswoman for the American Heart Association.

"If you supplement with omega-3s or eat omega-3s, your cells stay healthier, your cells age less quickly," she added.

In a previous study, the research team found that shortened telomeres were a strong predicator of death and other negative outcomes related to coronary heart disease.

Lead author Ramin Farzaneh-Far added that omega-3s are only one of the factors involved in the shortening of telomeres. Many other health issues, including oxidative stress, also play a role.

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