You should take Omega 3 if you’re elderly
It’s not just children who benefit from the brain-boosting properties of Omega 3. Fernando Gōmez-Pinilla, professor of neurosurgery at the University of California in Los Angeles, wrote an extensive report in Nature Reviews Neuroscience after analysing all studies relating to this subject. He concluded diets high in DHA are good for the brain and can help slow the rate of cognitive decline in the elderly as well as improve mood.
And that’s not all. In 2008 the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published three studies that showed low concentrations of EPA and DHA in elderly people resulted in an increased risk of death from all causes.
You should take Omega 3 for certain health conditions
Omega 3 fatty acids can help prevent and treat a wide variety of diseases and disorders, although you’ll probably need to take a clinical strength dose for up to three months before you feel the benefit.
Omega 3 can help regulate hormones and eye pressure, maintain healthy joints and blood vessels, support a healthy immune system, help protect against cancer, promote brain development during pregnancy and early life, reduce inflammation, alleviate depression and anxiety, slow skin ageing, help manage weight, prevent asthma, help with migraines…the list goes on.
It’s all down to the Omega 3 fatty acid EPA, known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is the basis for many chronic disease, such as autoimmune conditions, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
You should take Omega 3 if you’re an athlete
It’s not just people with health problems or deficiencies that need to take a supplement. There is much research into the positive effects Omega 3 can have on athletes. One study by the Centre for Human Nutrition, Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine, found that taking an Omega 3 supplement led to a 50% increase in the up-regulation of mTOR, which is the genetic signalling pathway that stimulates lean muscle growth.
According to Dr Marc Bubbs, a naturopathic doctor, strength coach and author in Canada, if you’re an athlete or just training intensely, fish oil supplements can be a “game changer”.