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Omega-3 fatty acids
Expert opinion

Omega-3 fatty acids

  • Are good for the heart, resistance, joints (reduce inflammation), eyes, skin and brain
  • Are not created by the human body
  • Must be taken through the diet (oily fish, walnuts, linseed) or a dietary supplement
  • EPA, DHA and alpha-linolenic acid are the most important omega-3 fatty acids.
  • We eat too many omega-6 fats and too little omega-3 fatty acids

Heart and blood vessels

The positive effect of omega-3 fatty acids on heart, blood vessels, cholesterol, triglycerides and high blood pressure has been demonstrated in clinical studies. Therefore, several official health authorities recommend eating fish at least twice a week. Especially fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and albacore are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids.

References:
  • Kromhout D et al. Fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids in cardiovascular disease: do they really work? Eur Heart J. 2012 Feb;33(4):436-43.
  • Harris WS et al. Omega-3 fatty acids and cardiovascular disease: new developments and applications. Postgrad Med. 2013 Nov;125(6):100-13.

Joints

Double-blind placebo-controlled research shows that fish oil rich in EPA and DHA has a beneficial effect on joint function, modulates cartilage degradation and is better than placebo. This is probably due to the inhibitory effect of EPA and DHA from fish oil on inflammation factors such as COX enzymes and interleukins.

References:
  • Jiang J et al. Effect of Marine-Derived n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids on Major Eicosanoids: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis from 18 Randomized Controlled Trials. PLoS One. 2016 Jan 25;11(1).
  • Rajaei E et al. The Effect of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Patients With Active Rheumatoid Arthritis Receiving DMARDs Therapy: Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial. Glob J Health Sci. 2015 Nov 3;8(7):18-25.
  • Zainal Z et al. Relative efficacies of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in reducing expression of key proteins in a model system for studying osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2009 Jul;17(7):896-905.

Ogen en hersenen

Omega-3 fatty acids support the normal functioning of the eyes and brain. Studies in humans show that omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil promote recovery after eye surgery. Omega-3 fatty acids also alleviate the symptoms of dry eyes due to intense screen use (TV, computer, tablet, smartphone).

The effects of EPA or DHA, two omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, on the functioning of the brain have been thoroughly investigated in dozens of studies. In general, we find that EPA and DHA positively influence the health of the brain (e.g. concentration, behaviour).

References:
  • Mohammadpour M et al. Effects of adjuvant omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on dry eye syndrome following cataract surgery: A randomized clinical trial. J Curr Ophthalmol. 2016 Jun 28;29(1):33-38.
  • Bhargava R et al. Oral omega-3 fatty acids treatment in computer vision syndrome related dry eye. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2015 Jun;38(3):206-10.
  • Cederholm T et al. ω-3 fatty acids in the prevention of cognitive decline in humans. Adv Nutr. 2013 Nov 6;4(6):672-6.
  • Heinrichs SC. Dietary omega-3 fatty acid supplementation for optimizing neuronal structure and function. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2010 Apr;54(4):447-56.