Consumers / Teenagers and Adults

Why we need Omega-3s | Importance of Long Chain Omega-3s | Pregnancy | Children | Teenagers and Adults | Consuming Omega-3

Teenagers

A recent study has reported frequent fish intake by boys aged 15 was associated with higher cognitive performance 3 years later. Fish consumption of more than once a week was associated with higher intelligence scores and verbal performance.

Adults

Long chain omega-3s (DHA and EPA) are important for maintaining good health. There is increasing scientific evidence that long chain omega-3s can play a role in helping to prevent and manage chronic diseases, including heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and age related macular degeneration.

Long chain omega 3 - positive benefits

Long chain omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) may play a role in the prevention and/or treatment of the following health conditions:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Asthma
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Eczema
  • High blood pressure
  • Huntington's disease
  • Lupus
  • Migraine headaches
  • Mood disorders (including depression)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Overweight and Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

How much Long chain Omega-3s do we need for good health?

To help maintain good health the National Heart Foundation of Australia recommends 2-3 serves of oily fish per week (150g/serve), which is equivalent to around 500mg of long chain omega-3s (DHA and EPA) per day.

 Why are long chain omega-3s (DHA and EPA) beneficial?How much do you need?
Heart

Long chain omega-3s (DHA and EPA) play an important role in the prevention and management of cardiovascular health. Omega-3s can:

        help reduce the risk of a heart attack and stroke

        lower blood pressure

        lower triglycerides

        improve blood flow

        The Heart Foundation of Australia recommends at least 500mg of long chain omega-3s per day or 2 or more oily fish meals per week

        At least 1g EPA and DHA /day are recommended for those with existing cardiovascular disease

        1.2 - 4g EPA + DHA for treatment of high blood triglycerides

Reference: NHF position statement on Fish, fish oils and omega-3s.
JointsLong chain omega-3s (DHA and EPA) can provide pain relief associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

Around 3g of EPA and DHA /day are recommended for assistance with pain relief in rheumatoid arthritis.

Reference: Cleland, L. Inflammation including arthritis. Omega-3 Centre Scientific Consensus Report “Omega-3 fatty acids for baby boomers” October 2008.

Age-related Macular DegenerationAMD is the most frequent cause of severe vision loss in the elderly. There is a growing level of evidence, which suggests long chain omega-3s can protect against the development and progression of AMD.

Two oily fish meals/week

Reference: Flood, V & Mitchell, P. Vision and maintaining eyesight. Omega-3 Centre Scientific Consensus Report “Omega-3 fatty acids for baby boomers” October 2008.