Omega-3 fatty acids are now generally recognized as key nutrients to prevent several common conditions associated with the aging process.1 These fatty acids help to decrease risk factors for numerous diseases by reducing excessive inflammation, lowering cholesterol levels, and blood pressure as well as improve immune function and a lessening of joint pain. Omega-3 fatty acids have a substantial benefit in reducing the risk of cognitive decline in those over the age of 65 years.2
Omega-3 fatty acids can be eaten in the diet; however, most individuals do not consume nearly enough to combat the inflammation in the standard North American diet. Those over age 65 are at an increased risk due to a general decrease in food consumption as well as the feasibility and availability of high omega-3fatty acid rich food.
A major concern with increasing supplements and pharmaceuticals with an older population is interactions with medications and side effects. Omega-3 fatty acids have very few common side effects for the general population, making them a safe and effective option for the treatment and prevention of several negative consequences of aging.2