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Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) as an anti-inflammatory: an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for discogenic pain.

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Abstract
BACKGROUND:
The use of NSAID medications is a well-established effective therapy for both acute and chronic nonspecific neck and back pain. Extreme complications, including gastric ulcers, bleeding, myocardial infarction, and even deaths, are associated with their use. An alternative treatment with fewer side effects that also reduces the inflammatory response and thereby reduces pain is believed to be omega-3 EFAs found in fish oil specifically EPA. We report our experience in a neurosurgical practice using fish oil supplements for pain relief.

METHODS:
From March to June , 250 patients who had been seen by a neurosurgeon and were found to have nonsurgical neck or back pain were asked to take a total of 1200 mg per day of omega-3 EFAs (eicosapentaenoic acid and DHA )found in fish oil supplements. A questionnaire was sent approximately 1 month after starting the supplement.

RESULTS:
Of the 250 patients, 125 returned the questionnaire at an average of 75 days on fish oil. Seventy-eight percent were taking 1200 mg and 22% were taking 2400 mg of EFAs. Fifty-nine percent discontinued to take their prescription NSAID medications for pain. Sixty percent stated that their overall pain was improved, and 60% stated that their joint pain had improved. Eighty percent stated they were satisfied with their improvement, and 88% stated they would continue to take the fish oil. There were no significant side effects reported.

CONCLUSIONS:
Our results mirror other controlled studies that compared ibuprofen and omega-3 EFAs demonstrating equivalent effect in reducing arthritic pain. omega-3 EFA fish oil supplements appear to be a safer alternative to NSAIDs for treatment of nonsurgical neck or back pain in this selective group.
Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Omega 3 fish oil may help prevent type 2 diabetes

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Omega-3 boosts insulin resistance markers, suggests study

ncreased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids may help to improve important markers insulin resistance, which may lead to diabetes, says new research

The study, published in the European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, evaluated the effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) on lipid profile and insulin resistance biomarkers. The researchers found that dietary intake of concentrated omega-3 capsules with meals resulted in improved lipid profiles and adiponectin levels, compared to placebo in a baseline condition, and an improvement of all insulin resistance parameters after an oral fat load.

“Omega-3 PUFA not only improved lipid profile in a baseline situation, but it also improved all insulin resistance parameters in a post-prandial situation simulated with an oral fat load. This is another important action,” said the researchers, led by Giuseppe Derosa from the University of Pavia, Italy.

Omega-3

The beneficial effects of dietary intake of omega-3 PUFA and cardiovascular disease first established following the observation that the Greenland Inuits had low mortality from coronary heart disease despite a fat-rich diet.

Since then, research haI.s demonstrated omega-3 fatty acids can improve the plasma lipid profiles, boost inflammatory responses, and reduce blood pressure, pulse pressure, and basal heart rate.

For the study, 167 patients (82 males and 85 females) were assigned to receive one gram of either placebo (a capsule containing sucrose, mannitol, and mineral salts) or omega-3 PUFA (concentrated EPA and DHA) three times a day, during meals, for six months.

Omega-3 PUFAs were reported to improve HDL-cholesterol and plasma triglyceride markers compared to placebo, while they had a neutral effect on total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol.

After an oral fat load, the researchers found that the group taking omega-3 capsules showed an improvement of all parameters, include insulin resistance biomarkers, while there was a neutral effect with placebo.

Derosa and his colleagues concluded that omega-3 intake “resulted in a greater improvement of lipid profile and ADN compared to placebo in a baseline condition, and an improvement of all insulin resistance parameters after an oral fat load.”

Source: European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology
Published online ahead of print, doi: 10.1002/ejlt.201000504
“Effects of n-3 PUFA on insulin resistance after an oral fat load”
Authors: G. Derosa, A.F.G. Cicero, E. Fogari, A. D’Angelo, A. Bonaventura, P.

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.

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