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Omega-3 fatty acids improve nerve regeneration, prevent psychotic disorders and reduce cellular aging

August 19, 2015

A third innovative study found that people with stable heart disease who had higher levels of DHA in their blood experienced less shortening of their telomeres than those with low DHA levels. When telomeres ?? protective ends of chromosomes ?? become too short, a cell no longer reproduces itself and "retires." Evidence suggests that individuals with shorter telomeres have higher cardiac mortality and other unwanted consequences of aging. These observations raise the question of whether seafood omega-3s might slow cellular aging.

Other reports in the PUFA Newsletter and Fats of Life describe the critical importance of DHA in brain cell development and function, especially in the cortex, where learning and long-term memory occur.

"Findings suggest that DHA is essential for brain function and cell communication," Nettleton noted. "Moreover, DHA might be important in repairing neurons damaged from diseases like Alzheimer's disease, injury such as happens in stroke, and in normal cell wear and tear. DHA from seafood really appears to be brain food."

SOURCE FatsofLife