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Omega-3s Linked to Better Microbial Diversity in the Gut

By jeremyc | September 9, 2017

According to new research, omega-3 rich foods might help promote a healthy gut. In this new study, the researchers concluded that people whose diet includes omega-3 rich foods, like garlic, fish, flaxseed oil, and nuts, in greater quantities are likely to have greater gut biodiversity. Greater biodiversity in gut, in turn, is good for overall health.

Omega-3s are called essential acids. This basically means that while they are needed for good health, we cannot make them on our own and can get them only through food.

Omega-3s promote health in many ways. They help lower LDL cholesterol, which is also called the bad cholesterol. These fatty acids also improve heart health and reduce high blood pressure.

A few studies have also purported omega-3 fatty acids can help alleviate symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis, make bones stronger, and protect against cognitive decline associated with age, as well as dementia.

The latest research adds another important benefit to the list of benefits of omega-3s. The study links omega-3 intake with gut biodiversity, which is crucial to overall health.

Bacteria living in our gut help keep the immune system strong and healthy, which in turn helps us fight off diseases. The opposite is equally true. Poor microbial diversity in the gut is linked with various diseases, like bowel cancer and irritable bowel syndrome.

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