After multiple studies have documented the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for vision and cardiovascular health, articles published in a recent issue of Fats of Life and PUFA Newsletter again linked them to a range of health benefits.
They detail several new studies, such as the one which showed people who had just experienced a heart attack may lower the risk of developing premature heartbeats if they boost their omega-3s intake.
Premature heartbeats may lead to uncontrolled heart rhythms and contribute to further health problems.
Other research described in the news sources found healthy people consuming a diet rich in omega-3 had lower levels of inflammatory markers, and pregnant women who consumed even as little as 3 to 4g per day of fish in their third trimester could boost their infants birth weight, a finding especially significant for developing countries.
Fish consumption in the last trimester of pregnancy might also reduce the incidence of mothers having post-partum depression, it also says.
While oily fish are a great source of omega-3, many people do not like their taste. For those individuals, nutritional supplements containing fish oil may be a good option.