Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Osteoporosis

A number of studies have suggested that the omega 3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) may help to raise levels of calcium in the body and increase deposition of calcium in the bones, thus improving bone strength and reducing incidence of osteoporosis. It is also thought that people who are deficient in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are more likely to suffer from bone loss than those with sufficient levels.

In one study, a group of women with osteoporosis were given EPA supplements over a 3 year period. These women suffered significantly less bone loss over this time than those who were given a placebo, and many also experienced a corresponding increase in bone density.