Study says that eating fish leads to stronger bones

April 1st, 2011 - 10:18 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, April 1 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new study has found that older adults who consume more fish end up having strong bones compared with those who consume less. The scientists have not proved that consuming fish in itself is responsible for the strengthening of the bones but they hypothesize that several oils found in fishes may eventually be responsible for it.

The research team was led by Dr. Katherine Tucker, a professor at Northeastern University. Data on more than 600 older adults were studied during the survey. The studied data on the eating habit of the subjects were collected in the 80’s and 90’s. The hip densities of the seniors were also measured 4 years apart.

After the study, the researchers identified that among the women, those who consumed at least three servings of dark fish had lower bone loss than those who consumed less fish. The result was similar in men.

Tucker in an interview with Reuters said that, “We think omega 3 fatty acids from fish help to prevent”.

Fish is very high in Omega 3 fatty acid but Tucker believes that another acid, Omega 6 should also come in the picture to make the equation complete.

Tucker explained the correlation. She said that, “It looks like you need to have those in a good balance… If you have very low levels of arachidonic acid, then you didn’t see the benefits of the omega 3s.”

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