For those that have been diagnosed with heart disease, a doctor will usually advise them to take regular high doses of Omega 3 acid supplements. It is commonly known that this substance helps the recovery process of people with heart related disease and other coronary conditions. During a study, which followed the progress of patients with heart disease, researchers realized that the high levels of omega-3 acids in their blood caused slower cell deterioration. This increase in acid helped to gradually slow down the shortening of the cells telomeres, which simply means, the patient’s cells stayed young. This has lead medical researchers to believe that Omega 3 acids have properties, which directly slow the aging process in humans.
A study was begun to collect more evidence to support the claims. Researchers enlisted the help of over six hundred people that had coronary artery diseases and followed them for a period of over 5 years. Researchers measured the length of each subject’s telomeres, and the amount of omega 3 acids that were present in their blood. Telomeres are protective caps, which help our cells to divide in a healthy manner. As we get older the telomeres in our cells begin to shorten each time the multiply, and this continues until we die. The researchers found that Omega 3 acids helped our bodies to release more of the chemical needed to keep our protective telomeres from shortening.
To make sure that the study was fair the two readings were re read several times over the course of the study and data was analysed to see if the anti aging claims could be backed up.
After five years the research information showed that those patients with lower levels of both DHA and EPA, Omega 3 acids had much faster rates of telomere shortening than those with higher blood acid levels. These results strengthen the claims that by increasing your Omega 3 acids in take you are able to substantially slow down the bodies cell aging process. They estimate the figure to be a 32% decrease rate of shortening.
Though scientists are not breaking open the champagne yet, they don’t feel that these results are strong enough. They believe that other outside factors could also affect the rate at which your cell deteriorate, even if you are taking high levels of Omega 3 supplements.
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