A new German population study has found over 70% of middle-aged women have low Omega-3 levels increasing their risk of heart disease.
Data from over 400 middle aged women who had taken part in a larger cross-sectional, nationwide multicenter study (VitaMinFemin) was analyzed. The original study which was designed to determine the status of selected nutrients during different life stages consisted of over 2,300 individuals of all ages. This smaller subset of participants chosen for this analysis focused on women between the ages of 40 and 60 years of age.
Researchers concluded that a large portion of middle aged women (97.3%) had an Omega 3 index below 8%. An Omega-3 index of above 8% is considered to be high; a 6%-8% is moderate, a 4%-6% low and less than 4% very low. Researchers also found 9% of study participants had the highest risk of heart disease (and an Omega-3 index below 4%). Additionally 62.8% of participants were at risk of becoming an increased risk for cardiovascular disease with an Omega-3 index of between 4% and 6%. The risk factors for other conditions such as depression and cognitive decline also have been shown to increase with a low Omega-3 index.
The benefits of Omega-3 intake have been established over many years and many studies. The essential fatty acids EPA and DHA have been associated with benefits for heart health, blood pressure support, brain health and vision support.
Further studies are imminent.
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