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OMEGA 3 RESEARCH UPDATE


Heart health is probably the most well-known benefit of consuming EFAs. In 2011, a paper published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found consumption of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) “lowered plasma triglycerides, resting heart rate and blood pressure, and might also improve myocardial filling and efficiency, lower inflammation and improve vascular function."

And the list goes on and on for heart-based research. But, according to Morten Bryhn, M.D., Ph.D. “Brain health is perhaps the most important category for current omega-3 fatty acid research. We know that brain cell membranes are saturated with the marine omega-3 fatty acid DHA, which has different local functions."

Beyond brain health, there are a couple emerging areas of research showing promise for omega-3s, one being skin health. Recent evaluations show the positive effects of Krill oil on various skin parameters, such as elasticity, hydration, water loss, erythema and skin topography. The results showed improvements from baseline, with a more demonstrated benefit for those taking 3 grams daily.