A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology may have you heading to the seafood section of your local market. In it, researchers revealed that women 65 and older who consume a diet rich in Omega-3 EPA and DHA from fish have a 20 percent lower risk of death from all causes, despite lifestyle and other factors.
Lead author Dr. William Harris and his team examined the health data for thousands of women aged 65 to 80 who took part in the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study (WHIMS), part of the larger Women’s Health Initiative study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. In looking at Omega-3 blood levels, researchers discovered that women who consumed greater amounts of EPA and DHA benefit from better health and longevity.
“These findings support the view that higher EPA and DHA Omega-3 levels are associated with better overall health,” said Harris. The research team determined that the highest benefits were seen in women who consumed about 1 g of fish-derived Omega-3 every week, or roughly two to three servings of oily fish such as salmon, sardines, and herring.