The n-3 fatty acids have important
effects to modulate and prevent human diseases, particularly
coronary heart disease. Their effects upon the brain later in
life to prevent certain disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease
are unknown but are certainly worthy of study. Certainly the
evidence is now very strong that the n-3 fatty acids are
essential for human development in the fetus and infant and
are likely to have a role throughout life. The antiarrythmic
effect of n-3 fatty acids is a discovery that has great
relevance to the prevention of sudden death from ventricular
fibrillation in patients with coronary heart disease. Further
clinical trials in this area are definitely indicated.
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