Supplements of omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA for 6 months kept the cells of elderly people younger than supplements of a plant based omega 6 fatty acid.
That was the gist of a new research paper published in the journal Nutrition. The “age” of the cells in this case was referring to the length of their telomeres, a repetitive sequence of DNA that protects the end of the chromosome from fusion with neighbouring chromosomes or deterioration. Relatively few reports of the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids have focussed on telomeres.
The researchers have pointed out a few limitation to the study such as the low level of participants but still think this warrants further study with more people.