Archive for August, 2010

TakeOmega3 to protect your hearing ?!

Friday, August 20th, 2010

There have been two recent studies published  which found that eating at least two portions of oily fish a week resulted in a reduction of the risk of  developing hearing loss in the over 50’s by 42%. This was in comparison to individuals who ate just one portion per week .

The researchers reported, “Dietary intervention with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids could prevent or delay the development of age-related hearing loss.”

The data from the study was collected from a total of 2,956 men and women enrolled in the Blue Mountains Hearing Study. The subjects were questioned on their dietary consumption of fish using food-frequency questionnaires.

The scientists concluded that there is an inverse association between total and long-chain omega-3 consumption and hearing loss and with higher fish consumption, there is a reduction in the risk of developing presbycusis – age-related hearing loss.

However, further research which includes a human intervention trial is needed to fully grasp the correlation between the consumption of omega-3 and hearing loss.

Omega 3 and chronic tendon disorders in athletes

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Does Omega 3 have any benefit  in the treatment of chronic tendon disorders ? This is a major problem amongst recreational athletes and we do get asked if  taking a high dose omega 3 such as Take Omega3 which is high in the key anti – inflammatory essential fatty acid EPA would be of any help . Several years ago there was a study conducted whereby they evaluated  treatment with essential fatty acids and antioxidants combined with physiotherapy.

Methods and measures

In a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial 40 volunteers active in recreational sports with chronic tendon disorders were assigned to the study. The subjects were divided in two groups, one consuming a daily dosage of essential fatty acids and antioxidants and one consuming similar placebo. Furthermore, the subjects received 16 sessions of ultrasound treatment over 32 days. Evaluation was pain scores, rated on a visual analogue scale and quantification of normal sports activity during treatment.

Results

In the treatment group there was a significant reduction of pain compared with the placebo group (P<0.001) after 32 days. There was a mean decrease in pain score of 99% in the treatment group compared with a mean decrease of 31% in the placebo group. Sport-specific activity increased by 53% in the treatment group and increased by 11% in the placebo group.

Conclusions

The results suggest beneficial effect of essential fatty acids and antioxidants in combination with physiotherapy treating chronic tendon disorders.

Omega 3 Fish Oil may reduce risk of ductul breast cancer by a third.

Friday, August 20th, 2010

The first study of its kind has revealed that postmenopausal women who took the omega 3 supplements reduced risk by a third. Omega 3 products with high levels of EPA which is a key anti inflammatory are the key. The TakeOmega 3 brand is an 85% medical grade omega3 fish oil with 750mg EPA and 50 mg DHA per capsule , other brands may have as little as 150mg EPA . Obviously further investigation needs to be conducted however if this is the case at £13.00 for a months supply it works out at 43p per day !!

The research, which involved 35,000 women and took six years to complete, has caused such excitement among experts that they are calling for larger and more detailed studies to urgently be carried out.

They hope that it may be possible to use fish oils as a way to help women slash their risk of suffering from breast tumours.

Fish Oil contains high levels of fatty acids  that can reduce inflammation. Studies have already suggested they may boost brain cells, keep eyes healthy and possibly protect against ageing.

But other studies have dismissed these claims, saying the evidence is still not there. The latest study, by a respected team in America, is the first to actively monitor women who take fish oils and see how many develop breast cancer

The team also looked at whether other supplements like St John’s Wort, soy and ginkgo biloba had any affect on the risk of tumours. All of the women in the study were between 50 and 76 and had been through the menopause.

They were asked if they had taken fish oils before or were taking them at the start of the study and how often they took them.

The team, whose study is published in the Journal of Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, found 83 per cent took fish oils at least four times a week and 60 per cent daily. During the following six years, 880 suffered from breast cancer.

The data revealed that those who took fish oils at the start of the study had a 32 per cent reduced risk of ductal breast cancer, the most common form of the disease which affects eight in 10 sufferers.

However, there was no reduction in risk of lobular breast cancer that affects around one in 10 sufferers. Nor was there a reduced risk of women who had taken fish oils up to a decade earlier but stopped or those who took other supplements.

The team, from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, said the findings were interesting but it was too early to say if the fish oil is responsible. Scientists believe fish oils might work by reducing inflammation which may prevent cells from becoming damaged and turning cancerous.

Previous studies on cells in the lab and on animals both suggest fish oils might be able to protect against cancer. Scientists are keen to find an answer because more and more people have been taking supplements for decades.

This means they have been used for long enough to gauge whether they are having a positive or negative effect on long-term health. So far British experts warn against taking multi-vitamins to protect against cancer, with some warning they may increase the risk.

But the evidence on fish oils is less clear.Dr Panagiota Mitrou, deputy head of science for the World Cancer Research Fund, said: “The findings are very interesting because it is the first time fish oil has been linked to lower breast cancer risk in this type of study.

“But as the authors suggest, because this is a single study the findings are not enough for us to be confident that women can reduce their risk of breast cancer by taking fish oil supplements. More research is now needed to find out if this is actually the case.

“There is already very strong scientific evidence about how women can reduce their breast cancer risk. In fact scientists estimate that about 40 per cent of breast cancer cases in the UK could be prevented through being physically active, maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the alcohol they drink.”

What to look for with regards omega-3

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

There are a large number of  brands available on shelf and online and people often get confused with what they are actually  getting for their money . A lot of products say on label that they are 1000mg Omega-3  however what is the actual amount of EPA and DHA in each capsule ? How concentrated is the product  It varies widely and can be surprising  for example although it says 1000mg Omega -3 you may only be getting  ie. 150mg EPA and 100 mg DHA per  1000mg capsule . They may also recommend that you take multiple capsules per day .  Most companies detail the amount of EPA and DHA contained in each capsule on the rear of the pack  - We took the decision to make life as simple as possible and clearly show all the relevent information on the front of the box so you can see immediately what is in each capsule – it is also detailed on supplemental info on the rear of the pack .  TakeOmega3 Mind Body Cardio is an 85%  pharmaceutical grade omega 3 concentrate with 750mg EPA and 50mg DHA per capsule and is a one capsule per day dose. We feel this is one of the best omega-3 products available  it takes 8 weeks to produce our oil during which time it is tested regularly throughout the process .It is produced in a facility here in the UK  which is licensed by the MHRA this ensures that the omega-3 has attained the highest standards of purity and compliance.

Where does the oil originate ?  Does it use sustainable fish stocks ? Again this is something that isnt  always obvious – does the company bulk buy  from third parties . To be honest very few companies will advise where their oil is manufactured, we are proud to say that ours is made in the UK . We have a strong ethical code and only use fish from sustainable fish stocks from the purest waters – we do not bulk buy oil from 3rd parties . With regards our Mind Body Cardio formulation the oil used comes from sustainable fish stocks we only use anchovies  sardines and it is a by product – so we are not taking the fish just for the oil. As a company we believe strongly in the principals of  Marine Conservation and adhere to them strictly.

How much omega-3 should you take each day – there have been numerous studies on this topic – what is certain is that the various Health Organisations recommend that you should each 2 portions of oily fish per week – sardines and mackerel are some of the best sources though it is not to everyones taste hence there is a case for supplementation.

The best way to great skin…?

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Everyday we are bombarded with the latest quick fix to great skin and how to hold back the aging process – everyone is familiar with the terms botox , superfoods , detox  , cosmetic surgery . We also see advertisments regularly promoting the latest “miracle”skin cream . Yes the results from cosmetic surgery can be fantastic and take years off someone , a lot of us get a thrill when we unwrap the latest luxury skincream. However what is also key is to perhaps change your eating habits and focus on how best you can help yourself – the sad part of all this is the majority of us just want a quick fix solution and leave it all to the doctor or surgeon. One Doctor who has for years been asking us all to rethink our attitude to skincare is Dr Nicholas Perricone the renowned american dermatologist for years he has been promoting the benefits of eating the right types of food. He has been a strong advocate that to achieve great skin its not just about the product you put on your skin but  about what you eat . We seem to be obsessed with low fat / no fat diets however not all fats are bad and some are called essential fats for a very good reason – foods such as oily fish ie salmon , sardines are high in  essential fatty acids  EPA and DHA.  (EPA is the  key anti inflammatory omega 3 ) To help eat your way to a healthy skin you should try to eat oily fish at least twice per week , if that isnt possible then getyour daily fix of omega-3 with a high grade omega 3 product which is high in EPA , takeomega3 has some of the highest concentrations globally with 750mg EPA and 50mg DHA per capsule and delivers your daily dose of omega-3 in one capsule. I would also recommend that anyone who is thinking about undergoing invasive  cosmetic surgery ie liposuction , facelift, tummy tuck etc to start taking omega-3 preferably a couple of months before the procedure not only is it a skin friendly food but it also helps support cardio function.

Omega-3-rich supplements may improve blood lipid levels of people with metabolic syndrome

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Omega-3-rich supplements may improve blood lipid levels of people with metabolic syndrome, reducing the risks of developing serious health problems, says a new study.

The research, published in The Journal of Nutrition, suggests that the effects of metabolic syndrome – a major risk factor for insulin resistance and diabetes – can be reduced through the addition of omega-3 fatty acids in low-fat, high-complex carbohydrate diets.

“Fish oil supplements correct many metabolic alterations associated with insulin resistance, including reduced postprandial plasma triglyceride concentration” stated the researchers, led by Jose Lopez-Miranda from the University of Cordoba, Spain.

Risk factors

Metabolic syndrome is the name given to a group of risk factors that frequently include obesity, hypertension, high levels of blood lipids, and high blood sugars.

The condition is a common precursor to type II diabetes, and is also strongly associated with increased risk of major health problems such as heart disease and stroke.

The causes of metabolic syndrome are unknown, although they are thought to involve both genetic and environmental factors – including poor diet.

One way to increase the overall health – and reduce the risks – of people with metabolic syndrome, has been to eat a diet low in saturated fat and high in complex carbohydrates. However, previous research has suggested that this diet does not help to reduce high levels of blood lipids – with some studies observing such a diet could even be raising blood lipid levels.

Positive effects

The new study looked into the effects of four different diet combinations on blood lipid metabolism, in 117 patients with metabolic syndrome.

In accordance with previous suggestions, the researchers found that a low-fat, high-complex carbohydrate diet had “several detrimental effects”, including significantly increasing total triglyceride levels, and triglyceride rich lipoprotein cholesterol levels.

In contrast, intake of the same diet supplemented with omega-3 was found to have no effects on blood lipid levels, with researchers observing that a diet rich in monounsaturated fats, or a low-fat diet rich in complex carbohydrates and omega-3 fatty acids, resulted in lower circulating blood lipid levels than a diet rich in high saturated fats or a diet low in fats and high in complex carbohydrates.

The data from the study suggest a place for higher omega-3 intake in people with metabolic syndrome, and supports previous research that suggests monounsaturated fatty acids can have a positive effect on blood lipid levels.

“The long-term effect of the low-fat, high-complex carbohydrate diet, pre vs. post intervention phases, showed several beneficial effects of long chain omega-3 PUFA supplementation,” stated the researchers.

“Our data suggest that long-term intake of an isocaloric, low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet supplemented with long chain omega-3 … have beneficial effects on postprandial lipoprotein response in patients with metabolic syndrome,”

Source: The Journal of Nutrition
Published online ahead of print, doi:10.3945/jn.109.120816
“A Low-Fat, High-Complex Carbohydrate Diet Supplemented with Long-Chain (n-3) Fatty Acids Alters the Postprandial Lipoprotein Profile in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome”
Authors: Y. Jimenez-Gomez, C. Marin, P. Perez-Martinez, et al

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