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Omega-3 May Help Avoid Hip Fractures

Women of a certain age are at high risk for hip fractures, but eating foods high in an omega-3 fatty acid may help prevent broken bones. Researchers compared blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids in 400 postmenopausal women who'd fractured their hips with those of similar women who hadn't. The women with the most eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), a type of omega-3, had a 54 percent lower risk of a hip fracture than those with the lowest levels. No association was observed between levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), another omega-3 fatty acid, and fracture risk. Eating edible seaweed and fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines, can increase levels of EPA.
Source: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, March 2013



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