Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Date: November 09, 2005 09:25 AM
Subject: Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Part of Human diet for years.

Omega-3 fatty acids have been part of the human diet for some 2-4 million years during which our genes were adapting to our environment, including our diets. As with most important scientific breakthroughs, it all starts with an observation. In the early 1970’s, the Danish doctors, Hans Olaf Bang and Jorn Dyerberg, returned from a mission to Greenland reporting that cardiovascular disease were extremely rare among the Eskimos. This research opened the eyes of the medical world to the importance of a “new dietary factor: Marine Omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) have been studied for more than 30 years, resulting in more than 7,000 reports, nearly 900 human clinical trials. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have positive effects on the heart, brain, joints, skin and even pregnancy. Studies have evaluated not only the multiple ways omega-3s promote cardiovascular health, but also the healthy functioning of many other biological activities.

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