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Omega 3 fish oil EPA linked to reduce incidence of endometriosis

Sunday, July 17th, 2011
The study — which is the largest to have investigated the link between diet and endometriosis risk and the first prospective study to identify a modifiable risk factor for the condition — found that while the total amount of fat in the diet did not matter, the type of fat did. Women who ate the highest amount of long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids were 22% less likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis than those who ate the least and that those who ate the most trans fats had a 48% increased risk, compared with those who ate the least.
The findings from 70,709 American nurses followed for 12 years, published online in Europe’s leading reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction, not only suggest that diet may be important in the development of endometriosis, but they also provide more evidence that a low fat diet is not necessarily the healthiest and further bolster the case for eliminating trans fats from the food supply, said the study’s leader, Dr. Stacey Missmer, an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynaecology and reproductive biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
“Millions of women worldwide suffer from endometriosis. Many women have been searching for something they can actually do for themselves, or their daughters, to reduce the risk of developing the disease, and these findings suggest that dietary changes may be something they can do. The results need to be confirmed by further research, but this study gives us a strong indication that we’re on the right track in identifying food rich in Omega-3 oils as protective for endometriosis and trans fats as detrimental,” Dr. Missmer added.
What is endometriosis  What are symptoms of endometrioisis
Endometriosis occurs when pieces of the womb lining, or endometrium, is found outside the womb. This tissue behaves in the same way as it does in the womb — growing during the menstrual cycle in response to oestrogen in anticipation of an egg being fertilized and shedding as blood when there’s no pregnancy. However, when it grows outside the womb, it is trapped and cannot leave the body as menstruation. Some women experience no symptoms, but for many it is very incapacitating, causing severe pain. The tissue can also stick to other organs, sometimes leading to infertility. It afflicts about 10% of women. The cause is poorly understood and there is no cure. Symptoms are traditionally treated with pain medication, hormone drugs or surgery.
In the study, the researchers collected information from 1989 to 2001 on 70,709 women enrolled in the U.S. Nurses Health Study cohort. They used three food-frequency questionnaires spaced at four-year intervals to record the women’s usual dietary habits over the preceding year. They categorized consumption of the various types of dietary fat into five levels and related that information to later confirmed diagnoses of endometriosis. A total of 1,199 women were diagnosed with the disease by the end of the study. The results were adjusted to eliminate any influence on the findings from factors such as total calorie intake, body mass index, number of children borne and race.
Long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids are found mostly in oily fish. They have been linked to reduced heart disease risk. In the study, the highest contributor was mayonnaise and full-fat salad dressing, followed by fatty fish such as tuna, salmon and mackerel.
Trans fats are artificially produced through hydrogenation, which turns liquid vegetable oil into solid fat. Used in thousands of processed foods, from snacks to ready-meals, they have already been linked to increased heart disease risk. Some countries and municipalities have banned them. The major sources of trans fats in this study were fried restaurant foods, margarine and crackers.
“Women tend to go to the Internet in particular to look for something they can do. The majority of the dietary recommendations they find there are the ones prescribed for heart health, but until now, those had not been evaluated specifically for endometriosis,” Dr. Missmer said. “This gives them information that is more tailored and provides evidence for another disease where it is the type of fat in the diet, rather than the total amount, that is important.”
Besides confirming the finding, a next step could be to investigate whether dietary intervention that reduces trans fats and increases Omega-3 oils can alleviate symptoms in women who already have endometriosis, Dr. Missmer added.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health funded the study.

Omega 3 fish oil is essential in treatment of eczema

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

What is eczema What is treatment for eczema Is there a cure for eczema . TakeOmega 3 EPA fish oil is key to successful treatment of eczema as mega3
Eczema sufferers often have low levels of of essential fatty acids omega 3 these essential fatty acids specifically EPA and DHA must be taken from diet as the body cannot make them – the best sources are found in fish oil,. Fish that are high in omega3 fatty acids are ie sardines , anchovies , mackerel , salmon , trout and they are classed as oily fish . It is really important to eat a minimum of two portions of oily fish per week – here in UK we consume less than 1/3 of the recommended amount – for those suffereing from eczema the daily requirement is higher and supplementation with a high EPA omega 3 sourced from fish oil is the best way of increasing levels.TakeOmega3 has highest concentrations of EPA omega 3 per capsule of any supplement available and is uniquely made in MHRA facilities here in UK . TakeOmega 3 has a firm commitment to british industry and scientific research . Lack of Omega 3’s are a factor in most skin disorders.

Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a group of skin conditions that causes dry, itchy inflammation of the skin
Symptoms of eczema are usually worse with stress. Omega 3 fish oil EPA is the key omega3 for the treatment of stress related disorders as research has shown – Flax, Borage, and Primrose are also good sources of EFA’s, but are not as powerful as fish oils for healing skin conditions
A diet rich in omega-3 can help eczema sufferers reduce the severity of their symptoms, according to research.Patients with the most common atopic, or allergic, form of eczema given purified fish oil supplements cut their symptoms by almost a fifth.The richest sources of omega-3 are oily fish, particularly mackerel, herring, salmon, fresh tuna and trout or by taking TakeOmega3 which has an unbeatable 750mg EPA per capsule and 50mg DHA with almost 90% concentrate. Humans evolved eating a diet with a lot more omega-3 essential fatty acids than we get from the diet we eat today – todays processed and fast foods offer low levels of omega 3 essential fatty acids. Because omega-3s help the body manufacture some important anti-inflammatory hormones, continually falling short could contribute to conditions related to chronic inflammationSymptoms of a severe deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids can be dry skin, hair loss, and an impaired immune system.

Daily supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid may improve symptoms of eczema, according to research.
Measures of eczema improved by about 23 per cent over eight weeks after consuming the omega 3 fish oil  supplements, and this was associated with significant reductions in levels of markers of inflammation, according to results published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA, have been identified as one of the super-nutrients taking the food and supplements industry by storm. Much of its healthy reputation that is seeping into consumer consciousness is based largely on evidence that it can aid cognitive function and may help protect the heart against cardiovascular disease.

The new study indicates that the fatty acids may also have potential for people with atopic eczema, although the researchers state the small sample size and modest effects require supporting evidence from additional trials.

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis (AD), is one of the first signs of allergy during the early days of life and is said to be due to delayed development of the immune system. According to the American Academy of Dermatologists it affects between 10 to 20 per cent of all infants, but almost half of these kids will ‘grow out’ of eczema between the ages of five and 15.

Osteoporosis and low bone density are common in people in the early stages of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study published in the Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

We’ve known that people who have had MS for a long time are at a greater risk of low bone density and broken bones, but we didn’t know whether this was happening soon after the onset of MS and if it was caused by factors such as their lack of exercise due to lack of mobility, or their medications or reduced vitamin D from lack of sun exposure,” said study author Stine Marit Moen, MD, of Oslo University Hospital Ulleval in Norway.

Research has shown Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil specifically EPA and DHA ,  are positively associated with bone mineral accrual and, thus, with peak BMD in young men.” Higher bone density in youth can decrease the chances of brittle bones and osteoporosis later in life.

Low vitamin D levels are associated with an increased risk of MS. Low vitamin D levels can lead to reduced calcium absorption and bone mineralization, or the process the body uses to turn minerals into bone structure.
“Our hypothesis was that if vitamin D exerts a major effect on the risk of MS, then the effects of low vitamin D levels on bone density would be apparent soon after the onset of MS,” Moen said.
The study involved 99 people with an average age of 37 who were recently diagnosed with MS or clinically isolated syndrome, which means they had a first episode of symptoms like those in MS but have not yet been diagnosed with the disease. All had no or minor physical disability from the disease.
The participants had bone density tests an average of 1.6 years after the first time they had any symptoms suggestive of MS. Their tests were compared to bone tests of 159 people of similar age, gender and ethnicity who did not have the disease.
A total of 51 percent of those with MS had either osteoporosis or osteopenia, compared to 37 percent of those who did not have the disease. Osteoporosis is a disease where low bone density causes the bones to become thin and brittle, making them more likely to break. Osteopenia is low bone density that is less severe than osteoporosis but puts a person at risk for osteoporosis.
The results remained the same after researchers adjusted for other factors that can affect bone density, such as smoking, alcohol use and hormone treatment.
“These results suggest that people in the early stages of MS and their doctors need to consider steps to prevent osteoporosis and maintain good bone health,” Moen said.

The presence of omega-3 fatty acids in young men is linked to “peak bone mass” or bone mineral density, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The study found that 22-year-old men with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids had the greatest bone density in the body and spine two years later.

Dr. Magnus Hogstrom and colleagues from Umea University in Sweden followed 78 healthy young men from their mid-teens to early adulthood. The team measured the BMD (bone mineral density) of the total body, hip and spine at the start of the study and again when the participants were 22 and 24 years of age. The objective was to quantify a relationship between the levels of omega-3 fatty acids and bone density.

According to the journal, “The results showed that Omega-3 fatty acids,  are positively associated with bone mineral accrual and, thus, with peak BMD in young men.” Higher bone density in youth can decrease the chances of brittle bones and osteoporosis later in life.

As well as that the EPA in omega3 is one of the most potent  natural anti inflammatory as detailed in previous blogs , as a result the EPA will reduce any inflammation naturally as there is a clear relationship with osteoporosis and inflammation the EPA will target the site of inflammation and reduce it.

Although osteoporosis is often associated with women, the American Osteoporosis Foundation reports that two million American men have osteoporosis. Inadequate physical exercise, smoking and use of antacids that contain aluminum are among risk factors.

Recent research by NASA has also shown that omega3 is a key factor in preventing bone density loss during space travel and they advise that this has important implications for those at risk or suffering from osteoporosis

Omega 3 fish oil EPA Slows Progress of Atherosclerosis in Diabetic Patients

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

EPA Slows Progress of Atherosclerosis in Diabetic Patients

People with type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop heart disease, circulatory problems and damaged organs than people without the condition. Impaired blood circulation, particularly in the small blood vessels, contributes to damaged eyes, kidneys and feet. Thus, in caring for diabetic patients, doctors pay close attention to blood circulation. To date, there are not many ways of improving the damaged blood vessels that develop in atherosclerosis and type 2 diabetes.

The fatty acids in fish oils, known as long-chain omega-3s, are known to improve blood vessel function in patients with heart disease. They relax the muscles in the blood vessel walls, reduce inflammation and lower blood clotting. These properties make them good candidates for improving blood vessel function in type 2 diabetics. Accordingly, a team of Japanese investigators examined the effect of consuming nearly 2 g/day of EPA, on the thickness of the carotid artery wall in diabetic patients. EPA is one of the major long-chain omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil. This dose is about the equivalent of 2 servings of salmon/day. Study participants consumed the omega-3 supplements for 2 years. Patients who were given standard medical treatment, but no supplements, were used for comparison.

At the end of the study, patients consuming EPA had a significant decrease of 4.7% in the thickness of their carotid wall compared with an increase of 2.4% in patients receiving standard care. Measurements of blood flow also improved in the EPA patients. There was a small increase in glycosylated hemoglobin, a sensitive measure of elevated blood glucose, in the EPA group and a decrease in the control patients. While this outcome was undesirable, such values in individual patients would call for aggressive patient management. This finding indicates that diabetic patients who consume large amounts of fish oil should be regularly monitored by their doctors for blood glucose control. With regular check-ups, diabetic patients can obtain the heart and circulatory system benefits of fish oil without compromising their diabetes status. Overall, this study adds to the growing evidence that long-chain omega-3 fatty acids may slow the progression of atherosclerosis in patients with type 2 diabetes or coronary artery disease.

Omega 3 Fish Oil

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

TakeOmega3 is currently the highest concentration omega3 available and each capsule contains 750mg EPA which is the most powerful natural anti inflammatory and 50mg DHA . EPA actually produces anti inflammatory hormones

It has multiple applications in a clinical and sports setting -

This formulation lowers risk of death from heart disease, heart attack and stroke by preventing clots , decreasing inflammation in the vessels , decreasing cholesterol and stabalizing the heartbeat to prevent irregular contractions
Reduces inflammation in the body which helps conditions such as Arthritis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease , Type 2 Diabetes , Eczema and Psoriasis – EPA is now recognised as the most powerful natural anti inflammatory
Improves mood and concentration especially under stressful conditions , also speeds recovery from traumatic brain injury and recent studies have been looking at the benefits for combat aircraft pilots re improvement in cockpit skills .
Offers better oxygen delivery to the body as a result less muscle fatigue and removes carbon dioxide / lactic acid .
Research is now focusing on the fact it may help prevent osteoporosis
Research is now showing that omega 3 can be linked with a reduction risk of breast cancer , bowel/colon cancer and prostate cancer by as much as 40%
It helps prevent muscle wastage during illness , specifically with regards Cancer and aging as well being the only effective treatment with regards Cancer Malnutrition .
It improves weight loss especially around stomach area
Lowers triglycerides by 20% to 50%
lowers blood pressure
Helps improve bone mass

In athletes it improves stamina and performance , supports mental concentration and focus . Also assists in quicker recovery time after injury

Omega 3 fish oil may reduce depression symptoms in the elderly

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Daily omega-3 supplements may reduce the occurrence of the symptoms of depression in elderly women, says a new study from Italy that adds to the ongoing debate over omega-3 and mood.

Statistically and clinically significant – Harry Rice, PhD

Statistically and clinically significant – Harry Rice, PhD

According to findings published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, depressed women who received daily supplements containing 2.5 grams of omega-3 experienced significant reductions in their symptoms.

In addition, researchers from the University of Pavia also report that omega-3 supplements providing a daily EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) dose of 1.67 grams and a daily DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) dose of 0.83 grams reported improvements in the ‘quality of life’.

“This [quality of life] observation has never been achieved before and it appears of great value from the clinical point of view, due to the importance of these aspects in the elderly population,” wrote the researchers.

“The concept of quality of life is defined as a perceived global satisfaction and satisfaction within a number of key domains, with special emphasis on well-being.

“Therefore, the amelioration of quality of life in depressed elderly patients after supplementation with omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids is an important .finding,” they added.a joint Anglo-Iranian study reported that depression ratings were cut by 50 per cent following daily one gram supplements of EPA, an effect similar to that obtained by the antidepressant drug fluoxetine, according to findings published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.

Omega3 a key anti inflammatory

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Inflammation is a natural reaction by the body to allow itself to repair and is infact a key defense mechanism. It is a reaction to a number of factors such as injury , infection , allergens and chronic disease.
The body when it is under attack by one or more of these factors creates a cellular reaction – the cells effectively upregulate production of numerous molecules and as a result there is redness, swelling and pain in the tissue involved. When this happens immune cells go to the site of the inflammation where they help to destroy and get rid of the offending stimuli.
The acute inflammatory response is usually self limiting and an integral part of the healing process . However if this does get out of control the inflammation can damage tissues and hinder the body’s repair mechanisms and as a result chronic disease can be the result such as osteoarthritis , rheumatoid arthritis, . Chronic inflammation is implicated in a large number of systemic disorders including hearrt disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension , diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome, neurodegeneration . It is therefore essential for good health to maintain a properly modulated metabolic pathway as it is the metabolic pathways that lead to overproduction of inflammatory mediators.
Conventional treatment of pro inflammatory conditions and diseases typically involves the use of non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs – however these are not always effective and can have serious implications on gastrointestinal , renal , cardio health with regards the side effects. As a result of this research is ongoing looking at more natural ways to treat inflammation – one of the most consistent performers in this is omega3 specifically EPA which has been shown to have perhaps the most powerful ability to modulate key inflammatory mediators such as COX-2.

NASA sings the praises of Omega 3 re osteoporosis and bone density loss

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

When men boldly goes where no men have gone before – these days they tend to do a lot of experiments along the way. The latest experiment which NASA has announced the results of is the key to explaining and preventing bone density loss which occurs in astronauts while in the weightless atmosphere of space and osteoporosis sufferers on earth. Research, which has been ongoing for several decades, has looked at ways to stop this from happening and would solve a major problem stopping humans from deep space exploration and help osteoporosis suffers too.

The key NASA scientists have found, while experimenting both on earth and in space, is Omega 3. Published in the ‘Journal of Bone and Mineral Research,’ their paper explains that in a series of cell based studies they found that by adding specific Omega 3 fatty acids to cells in both typical cell structures and those in a weightless atmosphere inhibits factors which lead to bone density loss. The factor in question is called ‘nuclear factor kappa B” or NFkB, which is involved in immune system and inflammation processes. NASA found that astronauts returning from space had elevated levels of activity within these factors in their blood cells, and that the inflammatory process involved in adapting the body to zero gravity was a major factor in stimulating NFkB. By administering higher levels of Omega 3 supplements into the diets of test subjects on earth, whose bodies were subjected to the same weightless conditions as they would have experienced in space, they found that bone density loss was reduced.

Next, scientists tracked astronaut’s consumption of fish and thereby fish oils while on a long space flight and found that they lost less bone density over the course of a four to six month trip.

“These results are very exciting, and provide initial evidence that nutrition may be a key factor in mitigating bone loss in astronauts.” said Scott Smith, a nutritionist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

This is a very exciting finding, not only for astronauts, but for osteoporosis sufferers worldwide. Omega 3 is a very important ingredient in our health and general wellbeing as well as, it seems, key to our further exploration of the universe.

The main scientific article is available as it appeared in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

Why Omega 3 is essential for our new Prime Minister

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Our new Prime Minister David Cameron is expecting a baby. Well his wife Samantha is, and having reduced her working hours from her role as creative director of stationery firm Smythson, in order to spend more time with her kids and prepare for giving birth, not to mention supporting her husband in his new job, she clearly cares deeply about the health and well being of herself and her unborn child. Omega 3 fatty acids are one of the key ingredients in the diet of mothers and babies before, during and after pregnancy. Doctors recommend a diet high in DHA Omega 3 for all mothers as their body is not only going through one of the biggest physical regimes one can go through, but because their body is the only conduit for nutrition for the baby as it prepares for pregnancy, matures in the womb for 9 months and while breast feeding after being born.

By Samantha Cameron choosing to include Omega 3 fatty acids in her diet, she would receive a number of important health benefits for both her and her child. Here are some of the benefits Samantha could get for herself by taking Omega 3 for the entire course of her pregnancy:

  • Reduced risk of miscarriages, pre-term labour and cesarean
  • Reduced chances of breast cancer
  • Protection from post partum depression
  • Protection from pre-eclampsia
  • Safer delivery

As well as ensuring that her body is prepared and protected while undergoing such a natural yet taxing ordeal. Taking Omega 3 capsules would provide great benefits to her baby at all stages of its early life. These include:

  • Better levels of immunity
  • Chance of a higher IQ
  • Improved memory earlier
  • Enhanced comprehension skills and concentration levels
  • Reduced risk of brain disorders developed in pregnancy such as Autism, Dyslexia etc.
  • Better hand eye coordination skills
  • Better nervous system development
  • Better eye sight
  • Proper brain development
  • Better eye development

As the new first lady on the block, Samantha can be a trend setter for new and expecting mothers around the globe. Having recently won a British Glamour Magazine Award for Best Accessory Designer, she has a platform as a style icon from which she could be a powerful advocate for this important health supplement, not to mention the fact that she now has the ear of one of the most important political figures in the world. Would you be more likely to take it knowing that Samantha does?

Krill Oil passes stringent EU Safety Assessment

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Europe has since 1997 required a very high standard, and notoriously longwinded, procedure of safety assessments before anything produced for human consumption can be deemed fit for sale across all member states. They test the product as well as the source and the production facilities. Sensible precautions one would agree, but over the years the tests have received a lot of criticism from industry innovators for holding back the advancements of new developments. The Novel Food regulations cover any food ingredients not commonly consumed in the EU prior to May 1997. Krill oil produced by Israeli firm Enzymotec is the latest to face and pass these tests.

Krill are a type of plankton commonly eaten by whales and make up the biggest bio mass in the world. Currently we harvest only 1% of their population for human consumption, but with Enzymotec now licensed to farm them we can hope to see more krill oil in products on our shelves and its popularity increasing further.

One of the reasons for the strict tests is that there was concern that krill was not being responsibly farmed, and in turn having a negative effect on the populations of its natural predators. Whole Foods in the US even went as far as removing it from their shelves, saying:

“Fishery management needs to better understand how to evaluate the prey requirements of other marine species in order to set sustainable catch levels for krill.”

Enzymotec have proven through their success in the Novel Foods tests that their krill oil is produced to the highest standards and are responsibly farmed. Their sources are monitored by the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR,) which inspect and verify each and every krill catch. Enzymotec last year announced the development of a new 200,000sq foot facility, expanding its production capacity significantly and has meant they can now produce a lower grade but more affordable krill oil to be competitive in global markets alongside their normal standard of product.

Krill oil is a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids, marine lecithin and astaxanthin (an antioxidant.) Much like other sources of Omega 3, krill oil has many health benefits for mother and child through pregnancy and for cardiovascular health, not to mention cholesterol, premenstrual syndrome and arthritis. The astaxanthin in krill oil is another reason for its popularity. It comes from the algae they eat and gives krill their red colour, bringing with it antioxidants which theoretically can protect brain cells, eyes and the central nervous systems. It has even been mentioned that it may have anti-cancer properties.

Why not try some krill oil today!

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