You’ve heard about this oil’s legendary cardiovascular protection. In fact, I’ve often shared the growing stack of heart benefit research with you right here in Healthier Talk.
Plus, you’ve learned about how omega-3 rich fish oil can enhance mood and memory.
And you might even already be taking this powerful natural therapy because you’re “in the know” about how it can SUPPORT your vision.
But that’s still NOT ALL fish oil can do for you. New research reveals another benefit to omega-3 fatty acids, and this one might send all those others straight to the backseat.
Because in many ways, this is the most important benefit of them ALL. A new study has found that fish oil could literally help slow down aging, starting on the cellular level.
Stress cellular stress and inflammation
You’ve heard of “killer stress,” right?
Let me guess. The phrase likely conjures up an image of a guy imploding from a bad day at work or being stuck in traffic. His neck veins bulging, forehead beet red, and sweat dripping down his angry face.
You get the picture. But in reality, stress can be a much subtler killer. Because it’s not just those “eruption” moments that can lead to a heart attack or stroke that you have to watch out for.
It’s the smaller ones – the everyday stresses, which can cause your stress hormone levels to silently rise and activate the release of inflammation-causing proteins.
This process puts unseen and dangerous extra wear and tear on your cells.
It’s at the core of aging. And the more of this hidden damage you experience, the FASTER the aging process goes. In fact, it could lead to the kind of cellular harm that can make you a whole lot older on the inside than you are on the outside.
But that’s where fish oil comes in. The latest research reveals omega-3s could help slow and even turn back your cellular clock.
A new study from Ohio State University found omega-3 fatty acids can arm your body to better withstand stress. That means they can help reduce the impact of that one-two punch of hormones and inflammatory proteins.
The study found that 2.5 grams of fish oil per day for four months led to two significant changes on tests designed to provoke a stress response.
In folks taking the fish oil…
- Stress hormones dropped by 19 percent.
- Inflammatory proteins were reduced by 33 percent.
But as impressive as those changes are, it’s not all that the researchers uncovered.
Omega-3 rich fish oil provides powerful protection
The study also revealed a powerful enzyme that can help stop and reverse aging on the most basic level. It’s called telomerase, and it acts on the little caps that sit on the ends of your DNA strands called telomeres.
You can think of telomeres like those little plastic or metal tips that are at the end of your shoelaces. As you get older, those caps get damaged and shrink. And the more they shrink, the higher your risk of age-related chronic diseases and early death.
Telomerase can help protect those precious caps and even reverse some of the damage, essentially turning back the hands of time.
When you’re exposed to stress, however, your levels of this potent enzyme plunge. In the new study, telomerase dropped by 24 percent during a stress test in volunteers taking a placebo.
But those same critical telomerase levels stayed steady for the folks taking fish oil.
Even 1.25 grams managed to stop that drop. This helps explain previous studies that found fish oil can slow or stop the dangerous telomere shrink that leaves you exposed to the diseases of aging.
The higher dose used in the study is more than what most people take. But it’s generally considered safe. Even the lower amount, 1.25 grams, is slightly higher than what the average Joe might be used to. But it comes closer to what many of us are already taking for daily protection.
The exact amount of fish oil that’s optimal for you depends on your personal needs and risk factors, as well as how much fish you eat. A holistic or integrative medicine doctor can help you figure out what dosage is best for you.
To discover more on fish oil’s astounding list of health benefits see my earlier report here.