Studies Find Omega-3s Reduce Aggression

Further Studies Support Pronova Biocare’s Omega-3s

LYSAKER, Norway, March 5, 2004 -- The American study recently published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (vol 58, no1, pp 24-31) concludes that the link between aggression and heart disease may lie in the intake of omega-3 from fatty fish or fish oils. The study stated a low intake of omega-3s could lead to an increased tendency to aggressive behavior in young adults.

“Any observer of human emotions can recognize repetitive circumstances of anger in young adults,” stated Morten Bryhn, M.D., Ph.D., director of research and development for Pronova Biocare, makers of EPAX® Omega-3 fish-oils. “The more we understand these patterns and behaviors, the better we are able to diagnose and the benefits of omega-3s are certainly positive in this study.”

In previous studies, aggression has been shown to be a risk indicator for developing heart disease. The study included analyses of dietary data and behavior among more than 3,500 young adults (18-30 years) and the results were clear: individuals who do not eat fish score 28 percent higher on average on hostility and aggression than individuals who eat fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

The health benefits of marine omega-3 fatty acids are increasingly being accepted worldwide. The scientific evidence continues to mount, representing an opportunity for the treatment and prevention of common diseases. The American Heart Association and the World Health Organization both support the addition of omega-3 fatty acids to diets citing their importance in maintaining good health.

Pronova Biocare, headquartered in Lysaker, Norway, is one of two producers in the world qualified by the US Food and Drug Agency for producing omega-3 pharmaceuticals. Pronova Biocare offers Omega-3 EPA/DHA oils in the B2B segment under the brand name EPAX. EPAX is available in a wide range of top quality products from low to high concentrated oils and with different EPA/DHA ratios.

For further information on Pronova Biocare and EPAX products visit or contact Tiia Sumera at 801.538.0777 ext. 112 or [email protected].

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1. Iribarren C. et al. Dietary intake of n-3, n-6 fatty acids and fish: Relationship with hostility in young adults – the CARDIA study. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2004) 58, 24-31 .

2. Hamazaki T, et al. The effect of docosahexaenoic acid on aggression in young adults. A placebo-controlled double-blind study. J Clin Invest. 1996 Feb 15;97(4):1129-33.

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