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Omega-3 fatty acids from fish and other sources are fats with a uniquely diverse range of health fats-particularly eicosapentaenoic acid(EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid(DHA)--through diet and supplementation can support the body in multiple ways.

For instance:aging results in lower neural concentration of omega-3 fatty acids,leading to neuronal loss and a decline in cognitive function; however, recent studies show that omega-3 fats can enhance neuron signaling and synaptic plasticity,while preserving gray and white matter in the brain. Another example:inflammation is increasingly linked to chronic disease, but research shows that omega-3 fats play important roles in reducing inflammation by lowering the concentration of pro-inflammatory eicosanoids such as thromboxane B2 and leukotriene B4. And yet another example:studies show that omega-3 fatty acids may benefit arterial structure by reducing arterial stiffness and improving endothelial function,while simultaneously reducing oxidative stress and inflammation and favorably modifying the expression of enzymes involved in the process of atherosclerosis.

The ability of omega-3 fatty acids to influence so many processes in the human body is what makes omega-3 research so exciting.Ahead. we highlight some of the most recently published human studies showing beneficial effects of supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids on several health conditions.

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