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Study Says: Eat Fish, Live Longer

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While it’s been widely shown that the omega-3s found in fatty fish are good for your body, especially your heart, it can also help you live longer, according to a study from the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Washington [HuffingtonPost.com].

Researchers analyzed 16 years of data from the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS) on 2,700 U.S. adults over the aged of 65. They looked at the proportion of omega-3 fatty acids in the adults’ blood samples, and, after taking dietary, lifestyle, and other factors into consideration, found that participants with the highest levels of fatty acids in their blood lived an average of 2.2 years longer than participants with lower levels.

They found that one type of omega-3 fatty acid, DHA, was linked to a 40 percent decreased risk of death from coronary heart disease. EHA was linked to a lower risk of death from heart attack, while DPA was linked to a lower risk of death from stroke. Overall, the participants with the highest levels of all three fatty acids had a 27 percent lower risk of death from all causes.

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Tags: Nutrients, Health