Studies tell us that fish-derived Omega-3 fats provide a multitude of health benefits for the whole body—from supporting the heart, brain and nervous system to promoting healthy eyes and joints.* Here are three studies spotlight the role of Omega-3 fish oil in a healthy diet:
Fish oil may protect against diabetes
Past evidence has shown that fatty fish consumption may help protect against diabetes by having a positive effect on glucose metabolism. Scientists in Sweden found similar results in the case of latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), which shares characteristics of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. They found that one or more servings of fatty fish per week consumption was indeed associated with a reduced risk of LADA.
Omega-3 fats linked to brain health
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that older adults who consume high amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids showed signs of new tissue development and an increase in gray matter—the areas of the brain involved in memory, emotions, muscle control, sensory perception and decision making.
Americans still eating too many unhealthy fats
Results of a long-term study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association show that although consumption of saturated fats and trans fats have declined in the last three decades, Americans are still consuming far more unhealthy fats than experts recommend. The American Heart Association recommends limiting trans fats and some saturated fats, while at the same time increasing the amount of fish-derived Omega-3 fats.