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Research indicates diets rich in Omega-3 fatty acids help people with heart disease. Salmon and other oily fish are now said to help certain individuals with heart disease live longer.

Dr. Raimin Farzaneh-Far from the University of California, San Francisco says “The results of our study do underscore the recommendations of the American Heart Association, that patient’s with known coronary artery disease should be getting at least one gram a day of Omega-3 fish oil.”

Researchers say diets rich in Omega-3 fatty acids can help people with heart disease live longer, but why these oils are so beneficial remains unclear.

A new study shows higher fish oil levels in the blood may protect the caps on chromosomes, which help measure biological aging.

Dr. Ramin Farzaneh-Far from the University of California, San Francisco measured telomere length of 608 patients with stable coronary artery disease.

Telomeres are the red areas, protective caps on the chromosomes. Telomeres protect valuable genetic material and are markers for biological aging.

Over time they can become damaged and shorten because of inflammation, smoking, obesity or lack of exercise.

After five years researchers measured telomere length again.

They said by measuring telomere length at two different times, they are able to see the speed at which the telomeres are shortening and that gives them some indication of how rapidly the biological aging process is taking place in these patients.

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