Obama’s taking a closer look at omega-3s. Thehill.com reports that the administration is asking the public to provide scientific information about health benefits of consuming the fatty acids.
The Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking scientific research exploring the effects of omega-3 consumption on a person’s risk of heart disease. They’re also looking for research about how omegas may impact the health of pregnant women and their unborn children. Specifically, they’re looking for research connecting fatty acids to preeclampsia, premature births and postnatal depression.
The agency is also looking to determine whether fatty acids are consumed by babies via breast milk or formulas and what impact they might have on the growth pattern, neurological development, visual function, cognitive development, autism learning disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, allergies and respiratory illness.
Americans aren’t getting enough omegas, reports the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s. In the United States, men only get 50 percent of the omegas they need each day and women get just 40 percent. Eighty-four thousand heat-related deaths in the U.S. could have been prevented each year with just 250 mg of EPA and DHA daily.