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Omega-3s prevents telomeres from shortening

The omega-3s in flax and seafood could prevent telomeres from shortening, which fights premature aging.



Omega-3s have a direct influence on the process by impacting the cell’s telomeres. These are at the end of the chromosome which is directly related to cellular aging: the longer the telomere, the longer the cell lives.

With fast-paced lives people find it difficult to ensure they are getting enough omega-3s from diet alone, but even if one is doing everything possible, taking a supplement can offer nutrition insurance. Barlean’s has created one single capsule that provides the widely recommended daily dosage of more than 1,000 milligrams of omega-3s. A single Ideal Omega 3 capsule has twice the potency of many products.

Boost omega-3s

According to the National Institutes of Health, the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) must come from the diet because it cannot be made by the body. Flaxseeds are considered to be the richest most abundant source of omega-3s. ALA is converted in the body to the fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are found in salmon and other coldwater fatty fish. “Yet,” says the NIH, “most American diets provide more than 10 times as much omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids. There is general agreement that individuals should consume more omega-3 and less omega-6 fatty acids to promote good health.” Good sources of ALA are flaxseed oil, walnuts and leafy greens. The best source of EPA and DHA is derived from fish.

Barlean’s Organic Oils has developed a six-week online program called Enhanced Omega Wellness. What people learn is that eliminating omega-6 foods and putting more omega-3s in the diet can be a delicious and satisfying experience with direct consequences for anti-aging.

protects telomeres

Telomeres are a hot topic in science, and their tendency to shorten is associated with such age-related problems as heart disease and early mortality. These short fragments of DNA act as caps at the end of chromosomes and can be likened to the protective plastic at the end of a shoelace.

Bill Lands, American nutritional biochemist and authority on essential fatty acids says, “Cellular aging is not simply a matter of vanity. It has been implicated in cancer development, as has telomere length. Omega-3 has been shown to impact positively on telomere length in a group of patients with cardiovascular disease and to affect inflammation levels and autoimmune disease. Aging also affects mental ability. This has also been shown to be improved with omega-3 supplementation.”

A study published in October 2012 in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity showed that most overweight but healthy middle-aged and older adults who took omega-3 supplements for four months altered a ratio of their fatty acid consumption in a way that helped preserve telomeres. In the study, lengthening of telomeres in immune system cells was more prevalent in people who substantially improved the ratio of omega-3s to other fatty acids in their diet.

“The telomere finding is provocative in that it suggests the possibility that a nutritional supplement might actually make a difference in aging,” said Jan Kiecolt- Glaser, professor of psychiatry and psychology at Ohio State and lead author of the study.

“Inflammation in particular is at the heart of so many health problems. Anything that reduces inflammation has a lot of potentially good spinoffs among older adults,” she said.

Fights Inflammation

Supplement quality is also critical to fighting inflammation. Supplements that lack ultimate freshness can actually deliver inflammation-causing free radicals into the body. Ideal Omega 3 uses a patented soft gel technology designed to enhance freshness and put a lock on product aging. Derived from fish caught in the prestine icy waters of Alaska, Ideal Omega 3 has received the highest five-star rating from the International Fish Standards Program (IFOS), an accredited third party certification program. Ideal Omega 3 also meets certified rigorous Marine Stewardship Council standards to all marine ecosystems are sustainable.

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