Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Fish Intake and Environmental Contaminants Studied in Cardiovascular Health

A study published in Environmental Research indicates that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) intake reduces cardiovascular disease risk factors. Additionally, arterial stiffness was related to environmental contaminants found in fish. However, the environmental contaminants did not outweigh the benefits of fish intake on carotid artery plaque formation. Currently, an estimated 80 million Americans have cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, one in three deaths in the U.S. is attributed to cardiovascular disease. (more…)

Vitamin D, omega-3 may help clear amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer’s

A team of academic researchers has pinpointed how vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acids may enhance the immune system’s ability to clear the brain of amyloid plaques, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.

In a small pilot study published in the Feb. 5 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the scientists identified key genes and signaling networks regulated by vitamin D3 and the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) that may help control inflammation and improve plaque clearance. (more…)

Bipolar Patients Lack DHA

Researchers measured the blood levels of 15 different fatty acids in 42 patients who were diagnosed with bipolar disorder and compared them to 57 control patients. The levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) were significantly decreased in the bipolar group compared to the control patients.  DHA is the most important essential fatty acid for brain health in any person; bipolar patients simply don’t have enough. (more…)

Maximizing DHA Intake Supports Weight Loss

DHA is now recognized as a superior nutrient for cardiovascular health1, cognitive function2, memory3, mood4, learning, vision quality5 (including protection against macular degeneration6), bone health7, fertility8, cancer prevention9, and inflammation reduction10. Somewhat less understood is its vital role in supporting your metabolism by directly benefiting the health of your white adipose tissue and regulation of blood sugar. DHA has been shown to assist factors that help you lose weight or maintain a proper weight, while helping offset the stress factors associated with being overweight or gaining weight. In this regard, maximizing your DHA intake can be a powerful tool to assist you in your battle of the bulge. (more…)

61 Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

61 Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

  1. There is strong evidence that omega-3 fatty acids have a beneficial effect in bipolar disorder.
  2. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is associated with reduced mania and depression in juvenile bipolar disorder.
  3. Clinical studies have reported that oral fish oil supplementation has beneficial effects in rheumatoid arthritis and among some asthmatics.
  4. Fish oil improves tubular dysfunction, lipid profiles and oxidative stress in patients with IgA nephropathy.
  5. Dietary supplementation with flaxseed oil lowers blood pressure in dyslipidaemic patients.
  6. Omega 3 fatty acids improve the cardiovascular risk profile of subjects with metabolic syndrome, including markers of inflammation and auto-immunity. (more…)

Omega-3s Lower Heart Failure Risk by 15 Percent

Increased intakes of omega-3s and higher blood levels of the fatty acids are associated with a 15% decrease in the risk of heart failure, says a new meta-analysis.

Seven prospective studies, which provided data on 176,441 subjects and 5,480 incident cases of heart failure, indicated that people with the highest category of EPA and DHA levels had a 14% lower risk of heart failure, compared to people with the lowest levels. (more…)

High Fructose Corn Syrup Injures the Brain; DHA Offsets Damage

Average Americans toss their health in the trash bin, accomplishing this feat by consuming 35 pounds of high fructose corn syrup per year. Don’t expect them to have enough intelligence on their own to figure out this behavior is wrong, as the latest animal study suggests they may be too dumb to figure it out.

UCLA researchers trained mice to run a complex maze. Then they fed them high fructose death syrup for six weeks. A special group of mice also got to consume omega-3 fatty acids such as DHA.  (more…)

DHA Inhibits Prostate Cancer

Italian researchers have demonstrated for the first time that DHA directly inhibits two of the most important tumor promoting activities involved with prostate cancer progression.  This study means that all men over the age of 50 should have a high level of DHA intake, at least 1 gram per day of DHA.

DHA is needed by every cell of your body to function normally.  This new study documents how DHA directly disrupts the process of prostate cancer growth – a rather dramatic finding.  DHA blocks replication and invasiveness, which is very good news for men. (more…)

Fish Oil Activates Thyroid Signaling in Your Liver to Burn Fat

The DHA component of fish oil is a potent brain support nutrient that is a vital building block for optimal cognitive function. Optimal thyroid function is also a key to healthy brain and cognitive function. An interesting study done at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro shows that fish oil can help optimize the function of thyroid hormone within liver cells to burn fat.  We also know that when fat piles up in your blood (evidenced by elevated triglycerides), then cognitive problems are more likely to occur. (more…)

Fish Oil May Hold Key To Leukemia Cure

A compound produced from fish oil that appears to target leukemia stem cells could lead to a cure for the disease, according to Penn State researchers. The compound — delta-12-protaglandin J3, or D12-PGJ3 — targeted and killed the stem cells of chronic myelogenous leukemia, or CML, in mice, said Sandeep Prabhu, associate professor of immunology and molecular toxicology in the Department of Veterinary and Medical Sciences. The compound is produced from EPA — Eicosapentaenoic Acid — an Omega-3 fatty acid found in fish and in fish oil, he said. (more…)