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Omegas may keep older bods buff

A daily dose of fish oil-derived omega-3 may fight sarcopenia in healthy adults, according to new research.

We tend to lose many things as we age: our keys, our fashion sense and our muscle mass. New research suggests that omega-3s may help with the last loss. For the first two – there are apps for your phone.

Washington University School of Medicine researchers who conducted the double-blind, randomize controlled trial found that 3.36 g of EPA/DHA omega-3 per day helped the healthy older adults (ages 60-85) in the study retain muscle mass over time. The results were published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The researchers concluded that fish oil-derived omega-3 PUFA therapy “should be considered a therapeutic approach for preventing sarcopenia and maintaining physical independence in older adults.”

“This is an important development and has direct clinical relevance, as currently, besides vitamin D, there are no treatments good enough for the prevention and treatment of sarcopenia aside from regular exercise, which is difficult to adhere to, especially in older people,” study co-author Bettina Mittendorfer, PhD, told nutritionaloutlook.com.

Last year, a Brazilian study found that adequate protein intake may help older women fight sarcopenia.

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