Omega-3's Linked to Healthier, Stronger Bones
May 29, 2010
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Increased intake of omega-3 fats, and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in particular, increases bone mineral content and produces healthier, stronger bones -- at least according to the results of a study with rats.
The findings did not extend to EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), however.
Researchers used dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry to assess bone mineral content in the rats.
However, the omega-3 fat EPA also has its proponents in this regard, according to NutraIngredients:
“Scientists from NASA recently reported in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research that the omega-3 EPA may protect against bone loss during space flight, a result that challenges the [rat study] data.”