Archive for November, 2010

Treatment of depression with omega3 – encouraging results from largest clinical study

Monday, November 15th, 2010

The study was published in the online Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.This was the largest study ever conducted assessing Omega-3’s efficacy in treating major depression. It was carried out in conjunction with researchers from centres affiliated with the UdM’s Réseau universitaire intégré de santé (RUIS), from McGill University, Université Laval in Quebec City and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. The study was supported by the European the Fondation du CHUM and the CRCHUM.

Initial analyses failed to clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of Omega-3 for all patients taking part in the study. Other analyses, however, revealed that Omega-3 improved depression symptoms in patients diagnosed with depression unaccompanied by an anxiety disorder. Efficacy for these patients was comparable to that generally observed with conventional antidepressant treatment.From October 2005 to January 2009, 432 male and female participants with major unipolar depression were recruited to take part in this randomized, double-blind study (neither patients nor researchers knew which capsules patients received). For eight weeks, half of the participants took three capsules per day of a fish oil supplement containing high concentrations of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). The other half took three identical capsules of a placebo consisting of sunflower oil, flavoured with a small quantity of fish oil. In contrast with typical clinical studies designed to assess the effectiveness of antidepressants, this study included a high proportion of patients with complex and difficult-to-treat conditions, including patients resistant to conventional antidepressant treatments and patients also suffering from an anxiety disorder. The aim was to assess the value of Omega-3 supplementation in a group of individuals more like those treated in outpatient clinics.Some 11% of men and 16% of women in Canada will suffer from major depression at some point in their lives, making this disorder one of our society’s leading public health issues. Depression, which is now the world’s fourth leading cause of morbidity and death is expected to move up to the number two position by 2020. “Despite significant progress in neuroscience over the past two decades, depression is difficult to treat,” Dr. Lespérance noted. In view of the large number of patients who stop taking their medications in the first few months of treatment and those who refuse such treatment due to fear of stigmatization or side effects, it comes as no surprise that a large number of patients suffering from major depression use alternative treatments offered outside the healthcare system. “Many of these treatments have not been adequately evaluated. That is why it was important to assess the efficacy of Omega-3, one of the most popular alternative approaches,” he added.It is important to note that the study assessed use of Omega-3 for eight weeks, at doses of 1050 mg of EPA and 150 mg of DHA each day. It is currently unknown whether taking higher doses or taking supplements over a longer period would yield different results.

Omega 3 fish oil health benefits for depression , heart health , arthritis

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Omega 3 fish oil health benefits for depression , heart health , arthritis

Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids: They are necessary for human health but the body can’ t make them therefore you have to get them through food. The best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids or PUFA’s (poly unsaturated fatty acids ) are be found in oily fish, such as sardines, anchovies salmon, tuna, and halibut, it is also found in smaller amounts in some plants, and nuts such as walnuts . A lot of people nowadays choose to take a good quality supplement such as Take Omega 3 which is an 85% high grade omega 3 with 750 mg EPA and 50 mg DHA per capsule one capsule per day ensures you will maintain your levels of omega3 and as a result enjoy better health . Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as growth and development and helps protect the immune system. In recent years omega3 became popular because they may reduce the risk of heart disease and we are now seeing the pharmaceutical companies developing new drugs for heart disease which are highly concentrated forms of omega 3 specifically EPA The American Heart Association recommends eating oily fish at least 2 times a week. For those of you who dont like oily fish taking a one per day high EPA supplement such as take omega 3 which will supply your requirements and it can be taken at any time of the day with or without food .

What does scientific research say about omega3 ? Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. In fact, infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems. Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.

In fact most people in western world will have low levels of omega 3 and high levels of omega 6 mainly down to the fact we dont eat oily fish and we more and more use convenience foods , it can be easily addressed by taking 1 capsule of take omega3 per day within 6 weeks your omega 3 levels will have built up in your system and you should start to feel and see the benefits .

If you would like to see full studies relating to the various medical conditions please contact us . The strongest scientific evidence with regards omega 3 is clearly for heart disease and the various medical conditions that are associated with heart disease. However more and more studies are now looking at the benefits of omega3 with regards depression and the key appears to be to have a high EPA formulation such as takeomega3 . EPA is a key anti inflammatory therefore it is used as an adjunctive therapy in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteo arthritis. With regards depression there has been success in using high EPA in the treatment of medium to severe depression both as an adjunctive therapy and as a stand alone treatment where it was found to be as effective as prozac – infact several clinics both NHS and private specialising in the treatment of mental health disorders use TakeOmega3 specifically for this purpose due to it being one of the highest concentrations available at 85% with 750 mg EPA and 50 mg DHA.

Do your omega3 capsules come from China ?

Monday, November 8th, 2010

We are proud to say that the oil we use in our takeomega3 fish oil does not and we are very open about the fact that our oil is sourced directly from Peru and then purified in an MHRA approved facility in the UK . However it is not that easy to determine where fish oil is sourced – a recent report has found the following with regards the australian market We calculate that fish oil imports from China, a country notorious for hazardous products, now account for roughly 10 percent of the Australian market. And it’s a big market, because one in five Australian adults now takes fish oil.We also found that companies sidestep import labeling rules.

No big recalls or health scandals have been linked to Chinese fish oil. And a spokesman for the People’s Republic of China said his country’s “fish oil was of good quality”.

But consumer advocates, a leading trade group for the supplements industry, and legal experts who have examined labeling laws agree: Consumers ought to be able to tell, at a glance, whether their fish oil capsules are coming from China.

Leo Hepner, an international consultant on food and dietary supplement ingredients, said that if he knew some fish oil capsules were manufactured in China, “I would prefer to buy something else.”

And Sidney Wolfe, whose Public Citizen Health Research Group has advocated for consumer safety for decades, said, “People have a right to know.”

Some Australian companies are buying the Chinese fish oil in bulk and then getting the capsules produced by an Australian contract manufacturer.

The Chinese factories that make fish oil for export to the Australia are supposed to meet TGA standards. But the TGA, according to several sources, has never inspected any Chinese dietary supplement plants.

Chinese companies also have shown little interest in having independent third parties inspect their plants or in joining industry groups dedicated to ensuring the quality of fish oil.

One such group is GOED — the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega 3s says “There’s not a single Chinese manufacturer in GOED,”. “You tell me why.”

Careful processing of fish oil is important to keep it from becoming rancid. Without proper refining it can contain high levels of some nasty substances, such as PCBs and mercury.

In addition, lightly regulated plants introduce the possibility of products’ containing odd contaminants or additives that no one would think to test for.

Does Omega 3 have benefits for male fertility ?

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Men who eat a lot of saturated fat could be damaging their sperm, new research suggests.

Experts at Harvard Medical School in the US found men who consume lots of saturated fat and monounsaturated fat may have fewer sperm.

In contrast, those who eat healthier fats – specifically omega 3 and omega 6 – may have healthier sperm that is more active, the study suggests.

Saturated fat is found in processed meats such as bacon, sausages and ham, dairy and butter. Monounsaturated fat is found in items such as olive oil.

Researcher Dr Jill Attaman, said: “We were able to demonstrate that in men who took in higher amounts of fats, such as saturated fat and monounsaturated fat, there was an association with decreased sperm concentration.

“But polyunsaturated fat – those seen in fish primarily – was associated with improved sperm morphology and motility.”

Morphology relates to the size and shape of the sperm and is an indicator of fertility.

The research was carried out on 91 men seeking fertility treatment but Dr Attaman said she would expect to see a “similar pattern” in the general population, although this would need to be studied.

The men were asked how often they ate certain foods, what types of oil they used in cooking and baking and the types of margarine they consumed.

Of the group, 21 men also had levels of fatty acids in their sperm and semen measured.

Overall, those men in the highest saturated fat intake group took in 13% of their daily calories as saturated fat, while those in the lowest third took in 8%.

The study concluded: “Men in the highest third of saturated fat intake had 41% fewer sperm than those in the lowest third.

“Likewise men in the highest third of monounsaturated fat intake had 46% fewer sperm than those in the lowest third.”

Asked if the findings suggested a potentially large impact on a man’s ability to father a child, Dr Attaman said it depended on the men.

Those with a borderline level of sperm concentration might see more of an effect than those who already had a healthy number of sperm, she said.

She added that the exact reasons for the apparent connection are unclear and require more work.

But “dietary modifications could be beneficial for global health as well as reproductive health,” she said.

The findings were presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference in Denver.

Dr Tony Rutherford, chair of the British Fertility Society, said the study was small but the conclusion was that people should eat a healthy, balanced diet.

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