Omega 3 concentrations and well being (2007) - Food for the Brain

Omega 3 concentrations and well being (2007)

This study investigated omega 3 concentrations and well being (2007). Researchers in New Zealand investigated if a relationship existed between the composition of fats in the blood and the mental and physical well-being of 2416 people participating in the 1997 National Nutrition Survey.  They found that the higher the proportion of EPA in the blood, and the higher the ratio of EPA to arachidonic acid (AA) the better the physical well-being of the person, and the higher the ratio of EPA to AA the better the mental well-being. EPA is the fatty acid found in oily fish and fish oil supplements while AA is mostly found in meat and dairy products.

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Crowe FL et al.,’Serum phospholipid n 3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and physical and mental health in a population-based survey of New Zealand adolescents and adults’.  Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Nov;86(5):1278-85