Archive for May, 2011

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.

Scientific research reveals brain alterations linking omega 3 fish oil deficit with depression

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The link between deficits of omega-3 poly-unsaturated fatty acids (AGPO-3) and the onset of depressive disorders is not new in the medical field. However, what has not been known until now is the brain mechanism by which diet can condition mental health to a certain extent. Research undertaken by scientists in Bordeaux (France) and at the Faculty of Medicine and Odontology of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and published in Nature Neuroscience, provides new clues to understanding this phenomenon.

The name of the research work, ‘Omega-3 nutritional deficiencies annul the neuronal functions of the endocannabinoid system’ describes the research findings, endocannabinoid system being linked to the onset of depressive disorders.

According to Doctor Susana Mato, researcher in the Ramón y Cajal programme, attached to the Neurosciences Department of the Faculty of Medicine and Odontology at the UPV/EHU and member of the Neurobiology Group, “we have observed that, in mice subjected to a diet low in omega-3 poly-unsaturated fatty acids, they have lower AGPO-3 brain levels, and this fact is associated with an alteration in the functioning of the endocannabinoid system”. More concretely, the researcher points to the confirmation of “the existence of a deficit in the signalling of the CB1 cannabinoid receptor in the prefrontal cortex of the brain. This protein — the CB1 cannabinoid receptor — has been linked, over the last decade and in various studies, to depressive disorders.”

Doctor Rafael Rodríguez-Puertas, research worker responsible for the Neurochemical and Neurodegeneration team at the Faculty of Medicine and Odontology at the UPV/EHU, points out that “certain forms of synaptic plasticity — a change in the efficiency of neuronal communication — measured by the brain’s endocannabinoid system, disappear specifically from certain zones of the brains of mice with AGPO-3 deficit”.

Despite several example in the scientific literature referring to the existence of a link between the low presence of AGPO-3 in the diet and depressive disorders, Susana Mato recognises that “little more is known about how modern Western diets, poor in AGPO-3, affect brain function and what might be the reason for a greater rate of depression associated with a deficit of these fatty acids”.

As doctor Rodríguez-Puertas points out, “thanks to the results of this research new possibilities are opened up for undertaking deeper research, such as how diet modifies the functioning of the brain in general and the endocannabinoid system in particular, and how this is linked to mental disorders”.

It also, “reinforces the idea that manipulating the endocannabinoid system can be useful for the treatment of depressive disorders, although the data we have up to now is very green for us to say what would be the ideal way to do so”, pointed out Dr Mato.

Collaboration amongst European researchers

The research work started with two French teams located in Bordeaux and led respectively by doctors Olivier J Manzoni and Sophie Layé. They have been working for a number of years with mice which show low levels of AGPO-3 in their brain, due to a low diet in these fatty acids.

“Dr Manzoni’s team discovered that the synaptic plasticity of the neuronal connections, which is mediated by endocannabinoids, disappears in these animals”, pointed out Dr S. Mato. To this end, in 2008, they made contact with researchers at the Faculty of Medicine at the UPV/EHU in order to obtain their collaboration in undertaking new research in order to identify possible change sin the expression and activity of the cannabinoid receptors.

In fact, in order to draw conclusions from the study, it has been necessary to employ a large number of research techniques, amongst which were “the analysis of the brain’s fatty acids, electrophysiology, autoradiography of receptors, the western blot (for quantification of proteins), the determination of levels of endocannabinoids and behaviour tests”, listed Doctor Rodríguez-Puertas. “In fact”, continued the researcher, “in our research team we are experts in the autoradiography of receptors technique and in anatomically identifying the activation of the receptors of the endocannabinoid system”.

Build Muscle with Omega 3 fish oil EPA- fat burner and nutrition for body builders

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Key to successful training results in body building is an understanding of what the body needs . Your body needs Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) they are unique in that the body cannot make them and therefore they must be taken from diet. The easiest way to ensure you are getting an exact amount of highly purified Essential Fatty Acids of which Omega3 is key  is  via supplementation -

Omega 3 is made up of  the main active ingredients  DHA and EPA , EPA is the critical component for success in body building as a result you should look for a formulation that is high in this anti inflammatory ingredient , in fact it is believed to be the most powerful natural anti inflammatory as research has shown detailed in previous blogs. TakeOmega 3 offers the highest concentration of EPA per capsule with 750mg EPA per capsule as well as that it is manufactured in MHRA approved facilities which ensure this product is both of the highest purity and concentration.

EPA is key to better oxygen delivery , it dilates the blood vessels and works in a very similar way to viagra as a result helps removal of waste products such as carbon dioxide  and lactic acid . It also assists oxygen and nutrients in reaching the muscles where they are needed

EPA is key to a healthy cardiovascular system , and cardio health is of  importance to body builders and indeed anyone who keeps fit  . It also improves gut health and digestion and reduce inflammation in the gut  ie leaky gut , IBS , Crohns Disease

EPA regulates blood pressure and reduces platelet stickiness

EPA ( eicosapentaenoic acid) omega3 fish oil has been show to be the most potent omega 3 to build muscle growth . In order to successfully build muscle EPA is critical as it blocks the breakdown process and muscle grows when it is being built up faster than when it breaks down . EPA is the most potent natural anti inflammatory as has been shown by scientific research in early blogs and it helps to reduce excess muscle inflammation and the connective tissue by increasing the level of prostaglandins .

Also a lot of bodybuilders are troubled by dry skin and other skin conditions due to a low fat diet ,  a low fat diet also  impacts on testosterone produce

Studies have shown that Omega 3  specifically EPA directly impacts in the following area

Enhances stamina / stroke performance between 40%-60%

Improves muscular development

Rheumatoid Arthritis benefits of omega 3 fish oil

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

There has been great interest in the use of omega3 fish oil EPA and DHA which is a key anti inflammatory . There have been numerous studies sine the early 1980’s looking at the benefits in taking omega 3 fish oil both as a preventative measure as well as therapeutic treatment for the condition. There are at least 13 randomized clinical controlled studies that show clear benefits of taking fish oil – a common outcome in these studies has been a reduction in symptoms and tender joints. More importantly there was a reduction in analgesic anti inflammatory drugs used . For those people who have a family history of rheumatoid arthritis they should look to make dietary changes and decrease the amount of omega 6 they take which is pro inflammatory and increase the omega3 specifically EPA / DHA the key active ingredients

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