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Are we consuming enough long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids for optimal health?

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Abstract


  • The health benefits attributed to the consumption of long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids

    (LC n-3PUFA) are enormous but are we consuming enough for optimal health? Cardiovascular disease

    rates are much lower in countries like Japan compared with the Western world. Western countries’ LC

    n-3 PUFA intakes are up to 5 fold lower than Japanese intakes. Various professional bodies and

    government organisations recommend 500mg LCn-3PUFA per day. The actual reported intake of LC

    n-3 PUFA from Australia and various other countries are compared to these recommended intakes. Not

    surprisingly, the actual intakes of LCn-3PUFA in Western countries fall short of the recommended

    intakes. Consumption of fish and seafood is the easiest way to achieve the recommended intakes but

    increased consumption of foods enriched with LCn-3PUFA will also contribute to achieving the

    recommended intakes. Most people are not consuming enough LCn-3PUFA for optimal health.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Meyer, B. J. (2011). Are we consuming enough long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids for optimal health?. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, 85 (5), 275-280.

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  • 2-s2.0-80053350340

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2110&context=hbspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/1061

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Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 275

End Page


  • 280

Volume


  • 85

Issue


  • 5

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • The health benefits attributed to the consumption of long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids

    (LC n-3PUFA) are enormous but are we consuming enough for optimal health? Cardiovascular disease

    rates are much lower in countries like Japan compared with the Western world. Western countries’ LC

    n-3 PUFA intakes are up to 5 fold lower than Japanese intakes. Various professional bodies and

    government organisations recommend 500mg LCn-3PUFA per day. The actual reported intake of LC

    n-3 PUFA from Australia and various other countries are compared to these recommended intakes. Not

    surprisingly, the actual intakes of LCn-3PUFA in Western countries fall short of the recommended

    intakes. Consumption of fish and seafood is the easiest way to achieve the recommended intakes but

    increased consumption of foods enriched with LCn-3PUFA will also contribute to achieving the

    recommended intakes. Most people are not consuming enough LCn-3PUFA for optimal health.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Meyer, B. J. (2011). Are we consuming enough long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids for optimal health?. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, 85 (5), 275-280.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-80053350340

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2110&context=hbspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/1061

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 275

End Page


  • 280

Volume


  • 85

Issue


  • 5

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom