Dr. William ("Bill") Harris is one of the world's preeminent experts in the field of omega-3 fatty acid research. His work has focused on the roles that fatty acids in play in cardiovascular and neurocognitive health.
The author of more than 300 scientific papers on fatty acids and health, Dr. Harris is a professor in the Department of Medicine in the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota, the co-inventor of the Omega-3 Index, founder of OmegaQuant Analytics, and president and founder of the Fatty Acid Research Institute.
In this episode, Dr. Harris and I discuss…
00:00:00 - Introduction 00:06:36 - Early studies on omega-3s, dietary fats, and cholesterol 00:14:44 - Omega-3s may normalize bleeding times 00:20:33 - Plant-based omega-3s are not equivalent in power to marine omega-3s 00:25:23 - Genetic engineering of plants is needed for sustainable omega-3s in the future 00:27:18 - The omega-3 index reveals individual variations in omega-3 needs 00:32:13 - Red blood cell concentration of omega-3s better reflect long-term omega-3 status 00:36:41 - Genetic variants influence omega-3 dietary needs 00:54:20 - The omega-3 index may predict life expectancy 01:05:03 - How metabolites of omega-3 reduce and resolve inflammation 01:17:11 - High omega-3 concentrations halve the risk of COVID-19 death 01:20:10 - DHA may help keep the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein from entering cells 01:22:50 - Concerns over the omega-6/omega-3 ratio may be unfounded Looking for more?
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