Have you ever questioned the benefits of omega 3 fat? Even though so much research has been published on the benefits, many people have reservations.
This new study did not rely on self-reported dietary intake, which some of the studies have, but instead used blood tests to measure the levels of different omega 3 fatty acids in the participants (Mozaffarian D. Et al. 2013).
A large sample of 2,692 participants was followed for 16 years. The results documented that both higher individual (EPA, DHA, DPA) and higher total omega 3 fatty acids were associated with lower total mortality and especially lower mortality from coronary heart disease in older adults.
An easy way to raise the levels of both total omega 3 fatty acids as well as EPA, DHA, the individual omega 3 fatty acids, is to take a quality fish oil containing high amounts of EPA, DHA.
Mozaffarian D, Lemaitre RN, King IB, Song X, Huang H, Sacks FM, Rimm EB, Wang M, Siscovick DS. Plasma phospholipid long-chain &#-3 fatty acids and total and cause-specific mortality in older adults: a cohort study. Ann Intern Med. 2013 Apr 2;158(7):515-25. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-158-7-201304020-00003.