Two new potential benefits of omega-3s

Two new potential benefits of omega-3s

Among its other nutrients, seaweed is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s serve a lot of important roles in the human body, namely for normalizing metabolism, but researchers are always looking for ways that these polyunsaturated fatty acids benefit us. Here are two recent potential advantages to introducing more omega-3s to your diet:

Maintaining cognitive health

A new study by the researchers at the University of Toulouse in France found that adults age 70 and older who received omega-3 supplementation in addition to a multi-domain intervention had significant improvement in their brain metabolism.

The findings of the study were recently presented at the 8th International Conference on Clinical Trials for Alzheimer's Disease, held in Barcelona, where it was welcomed by DSM, an omega-3 fatty acids supplier.

"Despite medical advancements, Alzheimer's disease death rates increased by nearly 68% between 2003 and 2008." Manfred Eggersdorfer, Ph.D., senior vice president of DSM, said. "This underlines the importance of understanding the disease further. The results of the study could be used to help revise and establish more accurate clinical guidelines regarding micronutrient supplementation, including omega-3 fatty acids to help support cognitive health in older adults."

Earlier studies of the impact of omega-3 supplements on Alzheimer's have had similar results. A study by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, published in the July issue of The FASEB Journal, observed the clearance of the amyloid-beta protein and a reduction in neurological tissue inflammation in the early stages of Alzheimer's due to fish oil supplements and antioxidants.

Improving dry eye

It's estimated that dry eye syndrome affects 10 million Americans. Dry eye can have a few different causes, but it especially impacts those who frequently work in front of computer screens or women during menopause. However, a study by the Ocular Nutrition Impact on Tear Film found that certain omega-3 fish oil supplements helped patients either reduce or eliminate dry eye symptoms. Doctors believe that the fatty acids in fish oil reinforce the production of tears. 

The highest levels of omegas 3, 6 and 9 are found in Seagreens Pelvetia species. For a product that is 100 percent Pelvetia, try Seagreens Salad & Condiment. Every Seagreens product contains all the minerals, micronutrients, trace elements and vitamins that can be found in all-natural, organic seaweed. Seagreens organic wild wrack seaweeds are produced to the company's award-winning proprietary standard (patents pending) among Scotland's remote Western Islands in pristine Grade A waters. All Seagreens products are organic, kosher and certified free from allergens and contaminants.

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