Most people are aware that eating fish is good for their health but a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health reveals that consuming fish high in omega-3 fatty acids can actually add 2 years to your life.
“Our findings support the importance of adequate blood omega-3 levels for cardiovascular health, and suggest that later in life these benefits could actually extend the years of remaining life,” study author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, an associate professor in the department of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health said in a press release this week.
Eating fish won’t just help extend your life, it will help keep your quality of life high as well. Check out this article outlining 10 diseases and disorders that eating fish can help prevent.
Overview of the Study
The Harvard study analyzed the risk of premature death among a select group of individuals aged 65 and older. The group consisted of 2,700 US adults who were monitored for 16 years. During this time, they had their blood drawn during physical exams to determine how much omega-3 they had in their bodies. Researchers then adjusted for other lifestyle and health factors that could influence disease risk. The results showed that those with high omega-3 fatty acid intake were approximately 30 percent less likely to die than those with lower omega-3 levels. Specifically, these individuals were less likely to experience death caused by arrhythmias as well as stroke and non-fatal heart attacks. The study concluded by saying that older adults with high omega-3 levels lived an average of 2.2 years longer than those with lower levels.
For those of you don’t know, Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential compound that controls blood clotting, boosts brain cells and regulates body function. Fish with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, herring and tuna but most seafoods contain at least a small amount. You can also find omega-3 supplements at any pharmacy but health experts suggest eating foods high in omega-3 as opposed to the supplements. Health experts recommend 400 milligrams per day from eating oily fish.