Some of the standard risk factors for death include cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking.

The following research compared standard risk factors with the composition of fatty acids of the red blood cells as risk factors for death (McBurney M, et al., 2021).

Analysing the red blood cells looking at the amount of different fatty acids can be a useful predictor of the amount of omega 3 fatty acids we consume. It is common not to consume enough omega 3 fat and consume too much of omega 6 fat.


Vegetable oils contain mainly omega 6 fatty acids, and fish oil is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids.

2240 individuals in their mid-60 were evaluated during an 11 year follow up for this study.

The researchers found that lower levels of omega-3 fats in the red blood cells predict earlier death.

There is an easy way to correct that by using a high-quality omega 3 fish oil with a good ratio of EPA and DHA.


Michael I McBurney 1 2 3, Nathan L Tintle 1 4, Ramachandran S Vasan 5, Aleix Sala-Vila 1 6, William S Harris, Using an erythrocyte fatty acid fingerprint to predict risk of all-cause mortality: the Framingham Offspring Cohort, Am J Clin Nutr. 2021 Jun 16;nqab195.


  • Category: News
  • Author: Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  • Published: 2021-07-23
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