The health benefits associated with consuming Omega-3 oils have been highlighted in a new Federal Government Department of Health guide to the nutritional values of food.
The health benefits of Omega-3 have been known for many years.
CSIRO Food Futures Flagship principal scientist Dr Mahinda Abeywardena said, “It is 30 years since the original observation that diets high in long-chain Omega-3 oils may be associated with cardiovascular health benefits.”
Nutritional authorities suggest a dietary target of at least 430mg for women and 610mg for men of long-chain Omega-3, including EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosa-hexaenoic acid) to reduce the risk of chronic disease.
Australians reportedly consume a fraction of this amount.
According to CSIRO, Omega-3 oils have a range of benefits, including foetal and early childhood growth and development, anti-inflammatory and possible benefits on neuropsychiatric disorders such as cognition, Alzheimer’s disease, mood and depression.