Omega-3 Supplements Help Promote Antioxidant Activity & Longevity*
When you think of omega-3s, the healthy fats’ ability to support a healthy inflammatory response likely comes to mind first—after all, these potent fatty acids are renowned for joint, heart, and brain benefits.* These masterful fats are whole-body relevant.
Antioxidant actions of omega-3s.
- They improve antioxidant capacity of the heart: Omega-3s have been shown to enhance mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation and increase the expression and activity of key antioxidant enzymes1 in myocardial tissue (i.e., the layer of tissues that wrap around the heart’s chambers).*
- They enhance muscular performance during exercise: Reactive oxidative species (ROS) and free radicals are a natural byproduct of regular exercise. Omega-3s have been shown to enhance the body’s antioxidant capacity and attenuate oxidative balance during physical activity2.*
- They increase antioxidant activity in the brain: Lipid mediators called electrophilic fatty acid oxo-derivatives (EFOX) derived from marine omega-3s EPA and DHA have been found to increase antioxidant responses in the brain3.*
How an omega-3 supplement promotes longevity.
While it’s certainly possible to get a useful amount of omega-3 fatty acids from your diet to support these antioxidant benefits, most Americans aren’t eating enough fatty fish (e.g., salmon, tuna, anchovies, sardines, mackerel) to support the optimal omega-3 intake.
Taking a premium, high-potency omega-3 supplement (i.e., one that’s pure, sustainably sourced, and delivers one gram or more of EPA plus DHA) can help you increase your body’s antioxidant capacity in an effective and convenient way.*
According to a 2019 systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical trials from Pharmacological Research4, omega-3 supplementation has been shown to significantly increase total antioxidant capacity and glutathione activity (aka your body’s master antioxidant)—both of which promote overall longevity and well-being.*
Morgan Chamberlain is a supplement editor at mindbodygreen. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in magazine journalism and a minor in nutrition. Chamberlain believes in taking small steps to improve your well-being—whether that means eating more plant-based foods, checking in with a therapist weekly, or spending quality time with your closest friends. When she isn’t typing away furiously at her keyboard, you can find her cooking in the kitchen, hanging outside, or doing a vinyasa flow.