Shrimp Aid in Healthy Aging
January 26, 2021
Did you know that an average of 8 ounces of seafood per week is associated with reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, prevention of clogged arteries, inhibits the proliferation of cancer cells, and even helps with weight loss and keeps hair healthy and shiny?
Read on for how studies have found omega-3 fatty acids, which are present in shrimp, to reduce unhealthy aging.
Original article by Chris Chase for Seafood Source (View the full article here: subscription required) | October 25, 2018
A study of over 2,500 adults between 1992 and 2015 has found that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids present in seafood reduce the risk of unhealthy aging.
The study, published in BMJ, started with adults at an average age of 74 in 1992 and examined the levels of four different omega-3s – eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), and alpha linolenic acid (ALA) – present in their body. Over the course of the study, participants were surveyed regularly, and in three periods – 1992-1993, 1998-1999, and 2005-2006 – had the omega-3s present in their blood measured.
The study found, after correcting for other factors such as age, sex, and race, that adults with higher levels of EPA and DPA had a better chance of healthy aging. Participants with the highest level of omega-3s present had an 18 percent lower risk of unhealthy aging. Participants with the highest levels of EPA and DPA, the omega-3s commonly found in seafood, had the best results: Those with high levels of EPA had a 24 percent lower risk of unhealthy aging, and those with DPA had an 18 percent lower risk of unhealthy aging.
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