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I think it’s safe to say there are three compelling reasons you enjoy reading about natural health…

Number one — you want to live longer. Number two — you want to live disease-free. And number three — you want to age well.

But if your doctor is anything like mine was, he’s more interested in just keeping you chugging along between visits.

If you’ve set your sites further down the road, like me, there’s a certain nutrient that can help you do all of these things — including dodging diseases ranging from asthma to Alzheimer’s.

The nutrient is nothing new… I’ve written about it before. Its benefits are probably some of the most researched.

So what’s the compelling reason I’m coming to you with it again today?

I know most of my readers are women… and some recent information I stumbled across shows it may be the single-most important, death-defying nutrient everyone — but especially women — should be taking.

The life-saving nutrient I’m referring to is omega-3 essential fatty acids.

And if you don’t get yours from a supplement — and you don’t eat fatty fish on a regular basis — chances are you’re among the dangerously deprived who face a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, macular degeneration and even cancer.

You’re also accepting the fact you may lead a much shorter life…

Peak omega-3 levels means longer life

The latest study published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology found that low levels of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids can increase your risk of dying from all causes by a whopping 20 percent.

The study used health data from more than 6,500 women who participated in the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study. These women, who were between the ages of 65 and 80, were divided into four groups based on the amount of omega-3 fatty acids detected in their blood.

The women with the highest omega-3 levels were 20 percent less likely to die from any cause than the women with the lowest omega-3 levels, which demonstrates once again how “essential” these essential fatty acids are for peak health…

“This is the largest, but far from the only, study to confirm that blood levels of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids, in this case the omega-3 index, are independent predictors of risk for death,” said Dr. William Harris, lead author of the study and founder of OmegaQuant Analytics. “These findings support the view that higher EPA and DHA omega-3 levels are associated with better overall health.”

Why your omega-3 levels are dangerously low

Now, according to researchers, 80 percent of Americans have omega-3 levels that are lower than the women in the study with the highest omega-3 levels — you know… the women who were able to decrease their risk of premature death by 20 percent.

That means, up to 80 percent of the country is putting themselves at risk for premature death and disease. If you think you may be one of them, don’t fret. It’s easy to up the omega-3 levels in your blood right away by making a few simple changes…

You could get your omega-3 levels tested. Your doctor or another trusted health care professional can perform this testing for you, or you can order an at-home test.

But personally, just knowing that so many of us are deficient, I would skip straight to pumping your levels up with the addition of a quality supplement and a weekly salmon dinner or two (click here for other food sources).

To reach peak levels, like the women in the study who were placed in the highest category, you’d need to get at least 1 gram of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA per day. You can get that by eating about two and a half to three salmon fillets per week, taking 1-3 fish oil softgels per day or taking one teaspoon of a liquid omega-3 supplement daily.

If you aren’t sure how to shop for omega-3 supplements, it can be confusing…  After years of trying different fish oils, I’ve settled on krill oil for several reasons… no fishy taste or fish burps, it’s considered more sustainable for the environment, and — this is my favorite reason — it contains a very powerful antioxidant called astaxanthin.  Read my post on why it keeps you in the pink.

Whichever type you choose, the sooner you get started, the sooner you can start looking forward to a longer life and many other great health benefits including a sharper brain, a lower cancer risk, healthier joints, a more youthful body and a happier heart.

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