Archive for April, 2011

Hughes Syndrome Multiple Miscarriage Antiphospholipid syndrome

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Hughes Syndrome is believed to be the cause of multiple miscarriage . The condition also known as Antiphospholipid syndrome was identified in the 80’s by Prof Graham Hughes. Basically the condition causes the blood to become sticky and as a result prone to clotting . Omega 3 specifically EPA is believed to have benefit to this due to its blood thinning effect  our product contains no Vitamin A or Vitamin D which are found in cod liver oil and maybe harmful during pregnancy – the advantage is that this is a completely natural effect and has none of the side effects of blood thinning medications. They also when taken along side blood thinning drugs such as aspirin clopedigrel (Plavix) and warfarin strengthen the effect so it maybe that a lower dose of pharmaceutical medication is required .

The key to successful use of omega3 as a blood thinner is to ensure that it is a high concentration product with high levels of EPA – EPA is the key anti inflammatory which is why it is so effective . Obviously you should speak with your doctor if you are currently on blood thinning medications. Unlike Cod Liver Oil our omega 3 fish oil  contains no vitamin A or D which maybe harmful during pregnancy

Side Effects Fish Oil

Friday, April 15th, 2011

People are often concerned about the side effects of fish oil . As with any supplement there is always the chance of suffering side effects however the best way to avoid side effects with fish oil is very simple.

Buy a good quality fish oil supplement that is highly purified , this should mean that you avoid the fishy aftertaste and gastric / stomach upset that can be linked with lower grade fish oil . Unfortunately it isnt always clear how pure a product is, but a good guideline is to look at the omega3 content per fish oil supplement and then see what the level of the active ingredients EPA and DHA are in percentage to the total omega 3 fish oil. For example a product may detail it is 1000mg omega 3 fish oil however the level of  active ingredients EPA and DHA may only be 300mg – so less than a 1/3 of the  total oil contains the important EPA /DHA  so this is clearly a low concentration oil which has not been refined to the extent of a high quality oil such as takeomega 3 fish oil . A good quality fish oil supplement will detail the exact levels of EPA and DHA per capsule . Take Omega 3 fish oil has per fish oil supplement 750mg EPA and 50mg DHA and is the highest concentration available of any fish oil supplement at 85% concentration.

Do you know where the fish oil has been sourced from ?  What is the testing process throughout manufacturing process ? Where is the country of origin ? All of these should be considered as it is an indication of the purity of the fish oil , and the purity of the fish oil could be critical in avoiding stomach upset , nausea, gastric upset. Take Omega 3 fish oil is uniquely made from fish sourced from sustainable fish stocks from the purest waters of Chile – only sardines and anchovies are used in our fish oil. The refining process takes 10 weeks and is uniquely carried out in only one of two sites globally licensed by MHRA (Medical Health and Regulatory Authority) as a result Take Omega 3 is the highest concentration available . So the fish oil side effects that you may experience with other less refined fish oils due to lack of  purity and low concentration dont occur.

As with any supplement fish oil isnt any different and you should stick to the recommended dosage – we recommend 1 fish oil supplement per day  as that delivers 750mg EPA and 50mg DHA- obviously other  fish oil supplement brands have far lower concentrations and therefore they may recommend you  take multiple capsules. The more low grade omega 3 fish oil  capsules you take the more chance you are likely to have side effects fish oil .

If  you take blood thinners such as warfarin you should consult your Doctor  as omega 3 does have a blood thinning effect . Unlike St Johns Wort omega 3 fish oil does not interact in a negative way with any other prescription medicine so it is safe though you should always advise your GP that you are taking it as with any other vitamin / mineral supplement.

Omega 3 Fish Oil benefits help prevent muscle loss in breast cancer and protects immune system

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Fish oil supplements may help prevent muscle loss in breast cancer survivors and help them ward off other chronic diseases, new research from Australia suggests.The study suggests there are clear benefits fish oil supplementation.

Loss of muscle mass shortly after cancer treatment is a common problem for breast cancer survivors.

The problem may be partly due to the presence of chronic inflammation, which causes a breakdown in muscle tissue.

But fish oils interfere with inflammation, thereby reducing its effect.

University of Queensland researcher Cameron McDonald says exercise is effective in rebuilding lost muscle but it’s often hard to maintain over time.

He says muscle loss exposes survivors to the prospect of earlier onset, or exacerbated, obesity-related chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

“If fish oil supplementation is effective in preventing muscle loss before it occurs, or even more effective when used in conjunction with exercise, it could significantly decrease the risk of survivors developing a chronic disease,” the PhD student says.

Research is still in its early stages and clinical trials are set to start later in the year.

Omega 3 Fish Oil benefits Intensifies the positive effect of Tamoxifen

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Female mice that ingested fish oil supplements with breast cancer drug tamoxifen appeared to have slowed the proliferation of their tumors, compared to rodents given corn oil with the drug, according to researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

In the controlled study, the team of scientists found that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil helped to slow gene expression related to tumor growth.

“If a tumor was being treated with tamoxifen, the addition of an omega-3 fatty acid diet seemed to make the tumor, at least at the molecular level, more benign and less aggressive and responsive to tamoxifen,” said lead researcher Jose Russo, M.D. TakeOmega3 due to its unique high EPA formulation with 750mg EPA per capsule and its high purity of 85% omega3 would be the ideal omega3 supplement to take alongside Tamoxifen . TakeOmega3 offers the highest concentration currently available and it is uniquely manufactured in facilities licensed by MHRA (Medical Health & Regulatory Authority) here in UK . No other omega3 supplement currently offers these benefits .

Additionally, the healthy fats appeared to curb immune responses that result in allergies and inflammation. These negative effects have been known to alter the body’s natural defense against cancer.

Next, the researchers hope to investigate how omega-3 fatty acids in a diet can affect risk of breast cancer in women.

Authors of the study noted that an estimated 200,000 women are diagnosed with the disease each year.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women, with more than 200,000 women diagnosed each year. Being exposed to estrogen over a long period of time is one factor that can increase a woman’s risk of developing the disease. One way a woman can combat this risk factor is by taking the breast cancer drug tamoxifen, which interferes with the activity of estrogen. Now, researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center have found that omega-3 fatty acids — abundant in fish — could be a safe and beneficial booster for tamoxifen therapy.

Jose Russo, MD, director of the Breast Cancer Research Laboratory at Fox Chase, is presenting the new findings at the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011 on April 6.
To investigate how fish oil intensifies the effects of tamoxifen, Russo, in collaboration with a team led by Andrea Manni, MD, from Pennsylvania State University, induced mammary tumors in rats and then divided the animals into four groups. They fed the groups either a 17 percent fish oil diet, with or without tamoxifen, or a 20 percent corn oil diet, with or without tamoxifen, for eight weeks. They then analyzed gene expression patterns in the tumors. Omega-3 fatty acids produced a greater expression of genes related to cellular specialization, or differentiation — a sign of lower cancer severity — compared to corn oil. The combination of fish oil and tamoxifen reduced the expression of genes linked to tumor growth and spreading.

“The fish oil diet also boosted the expression of genes related to immune defenses against tumors, more so than did the corn oil diet. But omega-3 fatty acids simultaneously increased the expression of genes that trigger counterproductive immune responses, such as inflammation and allergic reactions, which curtail the ability of cells to fight cancer and can even promote the migration of tumor cells.

More studies are needed to fully understand the effects of fish oil on the immune system, Russo says. Meanwhile, his team is examining whether omega-3 fatty acids can prevent breast cancer in animals and testing the influence of diet on breast cancer risk in women.

Co-authors on the study include Bidinotto, L.T.; Vanegas, J.E.; Vanden Heuvel, J.P.; Lopez, R.; Santucci-Pereira, J.; Washington, S., Xu; H., Russo I.H.; El-Bayoumy, K.; and Manni, A. from Fox Chase.

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