Young adults may benefit from omega-3s

Many experts say that poor heart health can impact young adults as well as seniors. Improving cardiovascular function in early adulthood may help individuals maintain a healthy heart throughout their life.

In order to help more young people improve their cardiovascular function, scientists are currently working on dietary ways to support heart health. For example, a team of researchers from Copenhagen University in Denmark recently examined the effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplements.

The team found that increased omega-3 consumption can provide support for a range of areas of heart health in young adults. Their results were published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Researchers wrote that, given the evidence to support the idea that heart problems in early adulthood continue into later life, it may be important for younger individuals to take steps to reduce their risk, and that omega-3s may be an effective way to accomplish this.

Previous research has shown that the heart health of adolescents and young adults is beginning to deteriorate, and that public health efforts may be needed to reverse this trend.

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Experts recommend omega-3 supplements for brain health

In today’s fast paced world it may seem difficult to maintain proper nutrition. Between a full work day, picking the children up from school and finding a few moments to relax, it may seem difficult to put a well-balanced meal on the table.

For on-the-go individuals, many health experts recommend nutritional supplements. In particular, they say that omega-3fatty acid supplements may be an effective way to support brain health.

"Our work has shown that the omega-3 fatty acid, particularly DHA, which is one of the two omega-3 fatty acids, may convey protection," Julien Bailes, a neurosurgeon at West Virginia University, told ABC News. "Unless you’re eating a lot of good fatty fish like salmon regularly, you just don’t get DHA in your diet, and that constitutes 97 percent of the brain’s omega fats."

He added that just about everyone could benefit from adding omega-3s supplements, as many people don’t eat enough fish or get sufficient levels of the nutrient from other areas of their diet.

Omega-3s play an important role in supporting memory and other areas of brain health, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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Omega-3s support heart health during weight loss

Adding fish oil supplements and other sources of omega-3 fatty acids to a low-carbohydrate diet may be an effective way to support heart health for overweight individuals, according to a new report in the Journal of Nutrition.

Researchers from Cordoba University in Spain compared the effects of several kinds of diets. Weight loss plans included diets that were rich in either saturated fat, monounsaturated fat, complex carbohydrates or carbohydrates and omega-3s.

They found that individuals who were assigned to consume high levels of carbs and omega-3s showed the strongest support for heart health, as the other diets resulted in unhealthy levels of fat deposits in the blood.

“When you add omega-3 to a high carbohydrate, low-fat diet, you can prevent the long-term adverse effect that a high-carbohydrate diet induces on [blood fats],” Jose Lopez-Miranda, a professor of medicine at the University of Cordoba, Spain, told HealthDay News.

He added that overweight individuals who are trying to shed excess pounds may want to add omega-3s to their diet to support heart health.

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Mediterranean diet may support healthy skin

While spending time in the sun may be an effective way to get the body to produce vitamin D, it may also have other, less desirable consequences. Too much sun exposure can damage the skin and contribute to certain chronic illness.

However, a new study from researcher at Tel Aviv University have found that consuming higher quantities of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants – elements common to so-called “Mediterranean diets” – can support healthy skin, even in individuals who spend a lot of time in the sun

For the study, researchers divided participants into two groups. One was given an antioxidant-rich drink and the other was given soda prior to spending a day at the beach. On average, the group that was given the health drink showed 50 percent fewer signs of oxidative stress, a common result of spending time in the sun.

“My theory was that if you prepared the body with sufficient and relevant antioxidants, damage could be reduced,” said Niva Shapira, who led the investigation.

Shapira added that she was inspired to conduct the study after noticing that people who live in the Mediterranean region have low instances of skin damage despite spending significant time in the sun. These individuals generally eat diets rich in antioxidants and omega-3s.

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Omega-3 foods for non-fish eaters

Evidence continues to mount suggesting that omega-3 fatty acids may be an effective way to support brain and heart health. However, the primary dietary source of the healthful fats is fish, which many people do not eat.

Whether due to allergies or simple distaste, a large segment of the population does not make seafood a significant part of their daily diet. However, these individuals may be able to reap the health benefits provided by omega-3s by adding some other foods to their diet.

For example, flaxseed has among the highest concentrations of omega-3s of any food. It produces oil that can be used in cooking or the seeds can be eaten directly with milk as oatmeal would be consumed.

Additionally, many varieties of nuts are good sources of omega-3. Walnuts and pistachios in particular are rich in the beneficial fats. Many other foods, such as eggs, milk and yogurt, may not be natural sources of the nutrient, but they can be fortified to be made more nutritious.

If none of these foods are appealing, omega-3s can also be found in nutritional supplement form.

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Nutrition may support heart, brain health in the aging

Heart health is one of the most common areas of concern for middle-age individuals, and cognitive decline has become a problem that is afflicting more and more of the elderly. However, people may be able to modify their risk for developing related conditions with simple dietary changes.

Research has shown that nutrition plays a large role in the health of individuals as they age. For example, experts say that adding more omega-3 fatty acids to the diet of adults may support their heart and brain health.

The Mayo Clinic recommends that individuals consume at least modest levels of omega-3s every single day. The health resource says that this may be an effective way to support heart health.

“There is evidence from multiple studies supporting intake of recommended amounts of DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) in the form of dietary fish or fish oil supplements,” officials from the clinic told the Osceola Sentinal-Tribune.

While it may be difficult to consume enough fish each day to keep up these high levels of omega-3s, dietary supplements may be an effective option to help individuals maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Omega-3s may support hearing in seniors

While there are many health problems associated with aging, seniors may be able to reduce their risk for certain conditions by improving their nutrition. For example, a recent study from Australian researchers found that omega-3 fatty acids may support an individual’s hearing as they age.

The team of investigators tested the ability of 2,956 individuals over age 50 to hear tones at different frequencies. They then administered dietary questionnaires to assess the amount of fish they ate on a weekly basis.

The results of the study indicated that those who consumed the most omega-3 rich fish were 42 percent less likely to exhibit hearing problems. Consuming fish twice or more each week was considered a high level of intake.

Researchers wrote in their report, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, that there are many things seniors can do to delay and mitigate the effects of aging, and that consuming more omega-3s may be a good place to start.

“Dietary intervention with omega-3s could prevent or delay the development of age-related hearing loss,” they wrote.

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Vegetarians may benefit from supplements

Many individuals turn to vegetarianism as a way to reduce their intake of unhealthy fats and improve their health. However, these people risk deficiencies of many vitamins and minerals that are key to living a healthy lifestyle.

Vegetarians may consume less saturated fat, which has been shown to contribute to poor heart health, but they may also miss out on healthier omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients have been shown to support heart health and brain function, and are an important part of a healthy diet.

However, the main food source of these nutrients is fish. Individuals who have cut all meat out of their diets may have few opportunities to consume omega-3s, which could have harmful effects on their health.

For this reason, many health experts recommend that vegetarians ought to take nutritional supplements. Bridget Meagher, a UK-based nutritionist, told the Irish Times that vegetarians risk many chronic illnesses if they are not getting a healthy amount of omega-3s and other nutrients in meat.

“Turning vegetarian is a serious lifestyle change and if you don’t get it right, then there are going to be problems down the line,” she told the news source. “My advice is either be a good vegetarian or don’t be a vegetarian at all.”

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Mediterranean diet supports heart health

Individuals who are at risk for developing heart problems may want to consider incorporating elements of a Mediterranean-style diet, as a new study has found that adding fish, vegetables and olive oil to a low-fat diet may support heart health.

Researchers analyzed the diets of both identical and fraternal twins. They found that individuals who ate food commonly associated with a Mediterranean diet – such as fish, legumes, vegetables and olive oil – were less likely to develop heart complications than those who consumed a traditional western-style diet.

Using twins made the results of the study even more significant because it allowed investigators to show that this type of diet can support heart health regardless of genetic risk factors, said Jun Dai, the Indiana University professor who led the study.

“This means that the autonomic system controlling someone’s heart rate works better in people who eat a diet similar to a Mediterranean diet,” Dai said.

Foods commonly associated with this type of diet are known to be rich in many vitamins and antioxidants, which have been shown to help support a healthy inflamatory response and support heart health.

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