- To live longer, let’s eat better! According to a new study, a diet rich in omega-3 could increase our life expectancy by five years. To your fatty acids!
The race for the elixir of youth has been the subject of a multitude of research studies and has mobilized many scientists since the dawn of time. According to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating omega-3-rich foods regularly can increase life expectancy by five years. A good reason to fill up on fatty acids!
4.7 more years of life
To carry out their study, researchers from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (in Spain) followed nearly 2,240 people aged 65 and over for 11 years. The result: the participants who had the highest blood levels of omega-3 lived an average of 4.7 years longer than the others. In comparison, a regular smoker loses an average of five years of life expectancy. He could therefore regain them by consuming fatty acids. The ideal is to avoid smoking while eating omega-3 to maximize your chances of breaking records!
Essential to the proper functioning of the body, omega-3s allow us to live longer thanks to their effects on blood pressure, cardiovascular risks, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, on the retina, the brain and the nervous system.
What foods are rich in omega-3?
Since the body does not naturally produce fatty acids, it is essential to introduce certain products that contain them into our daily diet. Some are of animal origin, such as herring, sardines, mackerel and salmon, while others are of vegetable origin, such as rapeseed and flaxseed oil, chia seeds and flax. Cod liver oil, the food that is rich in omega-3, is also a good choice.