Omega-3 (ω-3) first gained popularity because of its cardioprotective or inflammation-fighting properties that could reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and cancer, such as prostate cancer in men.
More recent studies have shown that diets high in ω-3 fatty acids may protect people from cognitive decline and dementia; however, further studies of longer duration are required.
How much Omega-3 do you need to take?
The recommended daily intake for men (19 years and older) is 1.6 grams.
What are the sources of Omega-3?
For a ω-3 rich diet, aim for at least 2 servings of fish and seafood per week. Other sources include certain oils (canola, soybean), nuts and seeds (walnuts, flaxseed) and soy products.
To determine ω-3 optimal dosage in those at risk (e.g. cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer) or for the treatment of medical conditions (e.g. atherosclerosis, arrhythmia).
For instance, higher doses of ω-3
may be required as a component of the management of high triglycerides level, which was tested in supplement form with 2 - 4 g/d.
By Ms. Ayla Coussa