Fatty acid age fighter
They say you can't turn back the clock. I'm not so sure.
You see, researchers may have stumbled across the Fountain of Youth. Anti-aging scientists say that some of the most important cells in your body -- the ones that run your immune system -- could have their lives extended by something that millions of us already do every day, and that's toss back a little fish oil.
The cutting-edge study focused on how the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil affect immune cells. And what the researchers uncovered was stunning.
The fish oil essentially turned back the hands of time!
You see, immune cells are constantly replicating and then dying off. But each new generation of immune cells loses a little bit of the DNA at the tip of the chromosomes.
These little chromosome caps are called telomeres and they're at the heart of aging and all the diseases that can go with it. In fact, you could say that it's these shortening telomeres that are responsible for us getting old and ultimately for us dying.
For the study 106 overweight, but otherwise healthy, adults were given either 1.25 grams a day of omega-3 fatty acids, 2.5 grams a day of those same fatty acids, or a placebo.
Incredibly, the telomeres grew longer! The fish oil hadn't just stopped the chromosomes from getting shorter—it's as if it had reversed the hands of time.
Apparently the fish oil accomplishes this astonishing task by improving the balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in the body. And, as a result, telomere-shrinking inflammation plummets between 10 and 12 percent.
Good health requires omega-3s and there's no reason to wait around for more research to climb aboard the fish-oil boat.
I recommend the delicious and healthy Mediterranean diet to naturally increase your omega-3 levels. And a quality fish oil supplement, from a manufacturer you trust, can help you raise your omega-3 levels without raising your mercury exposure.