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Fish Oil May Slow Cellular Aging

The omega-3 fats in fish oil, touted for their anti inflammatory effects and power to improve cholesterol levels, may have a bonus benefit for heart patients: slowing biological aging at the cellular level.

A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) of 608 patients with cardio vascular disease reports that those with the highest blood levels of omega-3s also showed the least shortening of telomeres, a sign of biological rather than chronological aging. Patients with the lowest omega-3 levels, on the other hand, had the fastest rate of telomere shortening when researchers compared measurements from the start of the study to five years later.

Telomeres, thought to reveal how biological stresses have aged a person, are the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes. The study wasn't designed to prove cause and effect, but researchers speculated that omega-3s may protect against oxidative stress or may increase the activity of an enzyme key to telomere duplication.

Farzaneh-Far R. et. al (2010) Association of Marine Omega-3 Fatty Acid Levels with telomeric aging in patients with coronary heart disease. JAMA. 303(3):250-257.


Lisa Fouladi Balance Ur Bod Nutrition Consultancy

Lisa, principle consultant and founder of balance ur bod nutrition consultancy is a qualified nutrition therapist (dip.ION), a Nutrition Therapy Council registered practitioner, and a current member of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutrition Therapy (BANT) and is bound by their codes of ethics and practice. She is fully insured, and dedicated to continuous study of current research and industry developments through Continued Professional Development (CPD).

In keeping with her quest for knowledge, Lisa is currently enrolled in yet another degree program, an MSc at the University of London (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) which she hopes to complete someday.

Although based in Zürich, Switzerland, she sees clients in the Geneva area, in Germany (Münster area) and in the UK (London and Windsor areas).

Lisa conducts one to one consultations with clients, advising on all aspects of nutrition and the effect food and lifestyle choices have on health and well being. Lisa works closely with her clients, assessing and identifying imbalances and individual needs, and supporting them in making the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes. She is deeply committed to supporting her client’s health through nutrition and stays at their side throughout the process.