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Fish Oil for Longevity
For decades, omega-3 fish oil supplements were touted for their heart and brain health benefits, but mounting research suggests they may extend life as well.
Recent research showed that those who consumed omega-3s from fish oils had a 14% reduction in risk of death from any cause, or all-cause mortality—the gold standard in measuring the effect of an intervention on lifespan.
This meta-analysis combined 23 independent studies and involved more than one million subjects who were evaluated for fish and fish oil consumption. The results suggest that the regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, like those found in fish oil (DHA and EPA), reveal impressive changes in lifespan. All-cause mortality was reduced by 7% for every 0.2 g of omega-3 fatty acids consumed per day. The longevity benefits may be due to the lymphatic-system support that omega-3s provide.
Aging and the Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system plays three integral roles in the body:
- It delivers triglyceride fats for baseline energy to the body.
- It is the carrier of the immune system.
- It is the body’s primary waste removal system.
As we age, our lymphatic system becomes less efficient. Here are some of the effects of aging on lymph, according to research:
- The accumulation of fat deposits in lymph ducts
- Increased number of lymph duct irregularities
- Lymph duct wall thickening and fibrosis (scarring)
- Decline in lymph wall elasticity
- Significant decrease in lymph-collecting vessels in the small intestine in those over age 65
The Role of the Mesentery
By now, you may have heard about the newly deemed 79th organ of the body: the mesentery. The mesentery is lymph-concentrated connective tissue that connects our intestines to the wall of our abdomen.
This area may be the body’s most valuable concentration of lymph and source of immunity, as well as the driver of longevity. Studies show that mesentery lymph is particularly vulnerable to oxidative stress as we age.
Age-related breakdown of the mesenteric lymph that lines the intestines can alter the delicate balance of the intestinal epithelium (skin) and the health of the related. These mesenteric lymph tissues are designed to deliver good fats for energy, as well as detox bad fats that are too big for the. As mesenteric lymph breaks down with age, the body’s ability to remove toxic substances and deliver energy can become compromised.
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Fish Oils Boost Lymphatic Flow
One of the top solutions to care for aging lymphatic channels is to feed the body with high-quality, lymph-moving fats.
In a handful of recent studies, omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil (EPA and DHA) showed significant support for healthy lymphatic function.
For example, one research team found that omega-3s were support the removal of toxic substances from the intestinal wall by helping to flush them into the lymphatic channels that drain the intestinal tract–a process that may maintain intestinal health and integrity. Lack of intestinal integrity is directly linked to frustrating health concerns like food intolerances and digestive imbalances.
As the body ages, fewer omega-3 fatty acids are found in the brain. Research now suggests that omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil support healthy lymph circulation in the brain, which may help to explain some of the longevity and cognitive benefits gleaned from fish oil supplementation.
Get 3 Times the Benefit Out of Your Fish Oils
After decades of eating processed foods and refined vegetable oils, many Americans have compromised pancreatic and gallbladder function and overall weakened digestive strength. Consequently, many have difficulty breaking down traditional fish oils, requiring them to take massive doses to achieve clinical results.
The good news is that there is now a delivery system for EPA and DHA fish oils that can increase absorption by 300%. This delivery system allows for significantly lower doses and smaller capsules. It uses monoglyceride instead of triglyceride fish oil molecules, which are, by nature, in a readily absorbable form and bypass the body’s normal fat digestion process in the liver and pancreas.
LifeSpa’s Mini Omega 3X Fish Oil Softgels deliver EPA and DHA beneficial fish oils at three times the absorption rate to deliver the omega-3s directly into the bloodstream.