According to a new population based cohort study, increased levels of DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid), one of the essential fatty acids found in Omega-3, are associated with a reduced risk of hospitalizations due to ILD (interstitial lung disease).
Data from over 10,000 people who participated in the MESA (Multi Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis), FHS (Framingham Heart Study) and AGES (Age Gene/Environment Susceptibility Study), was examined. Associations between circulating levels of DHA and other Essential Fatty Acids and hospitalizations and death caused by ILD were reviewed over a period of 12 years. Higher DHA levels were linked with a lower rate of death due to ILD. Additionally a lower risk of hospitalizations from ILD was also associated with circulating DHA levels.
The potential benefits of a higher DHA level were linked to the anti-inflammatory properties seen with Omega 3 Fatty Acids. According to researchers an accelerated resolution of inflammation as well as a reduction in inflammatory response was specifically seen in this study and Researchers even went on to say the severity of this inflammatory lung disease was inversely related to blood levels of Omega 3.
Further studies are needed.
Let’s take a moment to learn more about Essential and Non-Essential Fatty Acids:
Chemically a fatty acid is an organic acid with an acid group at one end of its molecule and a methyl at the other end. Fatty acids are categorized in the Omega groups 3, 6 or 9 according to the location of their last double bond.
An Essential Fatty Acid is a fatty acid that the body cannot manufacture by itself, in other words they must be obtained through supplementation or through foods. There are 2 fatty acids that are designated as essential fatty acids: linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid. There are more fatty acids than these 2 specific essential fatty acids found in the Omega 3-6-9 groups but a healthy body may be able to manufacture them as long as there is enough linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid, so they are considered non-essential fatty acids. There are however certain health benefits to be obtained by intaking some of the non-essential fatty acids directly, especially in the case of the Omega 3 fatty acids.
The Need for More Omega 3
Humans evolved on a diet that had approximately a 1:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA), today our Western diet contains a ratio of 15:1 – 16.7:1. A typical Western diet is deficient in Omega-3 Fatty Acids and has an overabundance of Omega-6 Fatty Acids when compared to the diet in which humans evolved and their genetic patterns were established. In a study done by The Harvard School of Public Health over 96,000 deaths in the US were attributed to being caused by an Omega-3 deficiency. Other research shows that excessive amounts of Omega-6 fatty acids and high Omega-6/Omega-3 ratios promote many types of diseases like autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, cancer and cardiovascular disease. It is obvious that increasing Omega-3 Fatty Acid intake is necessary for a healthier population.
The public was made aware of excessive levels of mercury, a neurotoxic heavy metal, as well as PCBs and other toxic organic compounds found in certain fish species from a well-publicized federal advisory in 2001. It was determined that fish oil supplements could also be subject to excessive levels of these neurotoxins. It makes choosing a “CLEAN” fish oil even more important than ever. For this very reason Viva Vitamins uses pure, high quality, molecularly distilled Omega-3 EPA/DHA fish oil in the products they manufacture. Molecular distillation is a process where all heavy metals and PCBs are virtually removed from the fish oil. Additionally extensive testing is performed to verify that all federal standards of purity have not just been met but have been surpassed.
As we have seen above, Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids may be important in reducing the risks of Lung Inflammation and lower ILD risks. Additionally Omega-3 may support a healthier cholesterol level, circulation, and cardiovascular health. Omega-3 has been known to support vision health.
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