The Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega -3 fatty acids are in the news a lot lately. This recent posting indicates brain atrophy with aging is linked to low measured omega-3 fatty acid levels in the body. Recently I was made aware of a small study showing that krill oil appears to have superior absorption for the omega-3 fatty acids based upon using the omega-3 index measurement.

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In my practice I use various tests to assess nutritional status of my patients. For the past year in select patients I have customized a deep cardiovascular risk assessment lab profile from a company called Health Diagnostics Labs in Virginia. This reference lab panel includes measuring the omega-3 index which measures your body’s levels of essential fatty acids. The above mentioned article indicates that knowing and improving this in our bodies translates to a more preserved brain mass with aging. Whether this translates to improved memory is unknown at this time.

If readers are interested in having a nutritional assessment and to consider dietary and/or supplementation considerations to optimize their nutrition, I encourage you to make a service request with my office. Remember I have a registered dietitian on staff to assist in nutritional and weight loss counseling as well.

About thedoctorsreport

Dr. Kordonowy is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has been in private practice since 1993. His group practice is in Fort Myers, Florida. His website is: www.drkordonowy.com. He earned his degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas and completed his residency as Chief Resident at Orlando Regional Hospital System. As Chief Resident, Dr. Kordonowy was recognized as the Outstanding Resident by the American College of Physicians. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and the American Society of Internal Medicine. In December 2005, Dr. Kordonowy became Board Certified in the new field of Clinical Lipidology by the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. Lipidology is the specialty of diagnosis and management of cholesterol and triglyceride metabolism disorders. Cardiovascular disease risk assessment is also part of this specialty. He now serves as president of the Independent Physicians Association of Lee County. He is active in the Lee County Medical Society, the Florida Medical Society , the Florida Lipid Foundation, National Lipid Association and the American Medical Association.
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