The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

Omega-3 can lead to more life

- Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen

An adult male bear on Kodiak Island in Alaska eats more than 6,000 pounds of salmon a year; females gobble up about half of that. And without any bagels! Fortunatel­y, to get the remarkable benefits of eating omega-3rich foods, you only need to eat a 3- to 6-ounce serving of salmon regularly. Dr. Mike loves salmon burgers — even for breakfast. For lunch or dinner, he adds olives and broccoli or grilled vegetables.

A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at data from blood tests on more than 2,200 people over age 65 for an average of 11 years. The researcher­s from The Fatty

Acid Research Institute in the United States and colleagues in universiti­es in the U.S. and Canada found that folks with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood saw an increase in life expectancy of almost five years.

That’s a huge increase in longevity from simply enjoying incredibly tasty foods.

The alpha and omega-3 of your choices:

In every 3.5-ounce serving, wild salmon has 2,260 milligrams, herring 2,366 milligrams, sardines 1,480 milligrams and anchovies 2,113 milligrams.

Flaxseed delivers 7,260 milligrams per tablespoon; and chia seeds and walnuts dish up 5,060 milligrams and 2,570 milligrams per ounce respective­ly. The benefit of adding these foods (in human size portions) is clear. According to the study author: “It reinforces the idea that small changes in diet in the right direction can have a much more powerful effect than we think, and it is never too late or too early to make these changes.”

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.sharecare. com.

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