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Omega 3 And Lung Health

Health benefits of omega 3 have been studied extensively for half a century.  There is new evidence that higher levels of omega 3 in our blood may be beneficial for lung health. Omega 3 and lung health is a relatively new and promising arena of study. 

There is plenty of evidence that omega 3 has a positive impact on our overall health.   Most health experts and nutrition gurus recommend eating 2-3 servings of cold-water fatty fish like sardines, anchovies, wild salmon, herring or mackerel weekly.  These nutrition experts also agree that taking a high-quality omega 3 supplement is a good idea if you are not going to consume enough of the specific fish in your diet. However, all omega 3 fish oil is not created equal.  The general consensus among omega 3 experts is taking a Tg form or rTG form omega 3 fish oil supplement is the best way to get these omega 3 essential fatty acids.  This form of omega 3 has a triglyceride backbone the way fish naturally have it and absorbs much more rapidly than the less expensive ethyl ester form of omega 3. Dr Michael Lange of The Lange Eye Institute and Fortifeye Vitamins has a good video on the benefits of omega 3 and the differences between EE form and TG or rTG form omega 3 :  (2) Dr. Michael Lange Discusses Critical Differences in Omega 3 Fish Oil – YouTube

A new 2-part study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine provides strong evidence that elevated levels of omega 3 in the blood correlates with enhanced lung function.  The study insinuates that the omega 3 component DHA is mostly responsible for these lung health benefits.  Higher levels of omega 3 especially DHA linked to lung health benefits is a huge step in the right direction of preventative medicine. Is it the anti-inflammatory properties of omega 3 fish oils that are enhancing lung function or is it something else?  More studies are needed to verify this new lung related positive health benefits of omega 3. Here is a link to the latest science on omega 3 and lung health.  Investigating Associations of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Lung Function Decline, and Airway Obstruction | American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine | Articles in Press (