New research shows that people with a high omega-3 index are 13% less likely to die prematurely than people with low levels
A new research paper from the FORCE – Fatty Acids & Outcomes Research – Consortium found that people with higher omega-3 EPA and DHA blood levels are less likely to die prematurely.
That said, people who died with low omega-3 levels might have lived longer if their levels had been higher.
Danger of death
FORCE analyzed a data pool from 17 cohorts from around the world, including 42,466 people, who were followed for an average of 16 years. During this time, 15,720 people died.
When the research team looked at the risk of death, those with the highest EPA + DHA levels were 13% less at risk than those with EPA + DHA levels in the 10th percentile.
The range between the 10th and 90th percentile for EPA + DHA was between 3.5% and 7.6%.
“Since all of these analyzes have been statistically adjusted for several personal and medical factors (e.g. age, gender, weight, smoking, diabetes, blood pressure, etc. plus omega-6 fatty acid levels in the blood), we believe these are the ones The strongest published data to date supports the view that higher levels of omega-3s in the blood can contribute to better overall health in the long term, ”said Dr. Bill Harris, founder of the Fatty Acid Research Institute (FARI) and lead author on this paper.
“This in-depth look at observational studies of circulating omega-3s shows that the long-chain omega-3s EPA, DPA, and DHA, normally derived from seafood, are strongly linked to all-cause mortality, while the levels of plant-based omega-3s are strongly linked to all-cause mortality. Fatty acids 3-alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) are less, ”said Tom Brenna, PhD, professor of Pediatrics, Human Nutrition and Chemistry at Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin.
The full study was published in Nature Communications.