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Omega-3s can help healthy, obese older adults lower inflammation

Posted by RHHAdmin on Jun 22, 2012 6:11:00 AM

Many individuals are aware of the benefits omega-3 fatty acids hold for brain health, but a new study shows that the nutrients may also be useful for healthy adults who are overweight. According to the research, taking supplements that contain omega-3s can reduce inflammation in middle aged and older adults with weight problems.

Researchers from Ohio State University studied 138 adults who were in good health but led sedentary lifestyles and were overweight. For four months, these adults took either a supplement containing 2.5 or 1.25 grams of active omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, or a placebo. Those who took the actual supplements saw a decrease in a protein in the blood that signals the presence of inflammation by an average of more than 10 percent.

"Omega-3 fatty acids may be both protective so that inflammation doesn't go up, as well as therapeutic by helping inflammation go down," said lead author of the study professor Jan Kiecolt-Glaser. "This is the first study to show that omega-3 supplementation leads to changes in inflammatory markers in the blood in overweight but otherwise healthy people."

Seniors who are overweight and want to reduce inflammation may want to ask their doctors or companion care aid about potentially taking supplements that contain this nutrient.

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