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Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids offer a potential new Alzheimer’s treatment

Posted February 17, 2014

Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in conjunction with researchers from the United States are working on a way that might help treat Alzheimer’s disease with omega-3 fatty acids. According to the researchers such an approach is “entirely new” and offers new treatments for the most common form of dementia.

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Fish oil dramatically improves brain health

Posted February 13, 2014

Researchers have known for quite some time that fish oil is highly beneficial to optimal human health. These benefits include better brain health, which is why so many manufacturers of infant milk substitutes rushed to add both DHA and omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids found in high quantities in fish, to their products. Some recent research has shown that these benefits go beyond the developing brains of the smallest people and can help people of all ages enjoy a dramatic increase in the health of their brains.

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Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Anemia and Inflammatory Markers In Hemodialysis Patients

Posted January 29, 2014

In a randomized, placebo-controlled trial involving 45 adult patients on hemodialysis for at least 3 months, supplementation with 1800 mg of omega-3 fatty acids for a period of 4 months was found to yield a relative alleviation in inflammatory state, and significant differences between the active and placebo groups were found for the ratio of IL-10 to IL-6, and serum ferritin levels, while the difference in other inflammatory markers was not significant.

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More Benefits Emerging for One Type of Omega-3 Fatty Acid: DHA

Posted January 24, 2014

A study of the metabolic effects of omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, concludes that these compounds may have an even wider range of biological impacts than previously considered, and suggests they could be of significant value in the prevention of fatty liver disease.

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Alzheimer’s defense: omega-3s linked to larger brain volume

Posted January 23, 2014

Among the myriad changes that accompany aging, shrinking brain volume can be a worrying one. A normal part of growing older, it can also be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. But the good news is that a recent study suggests people with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids have larger brain volumes in old age.

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The Fatty Acid That Switches Off Cellular Inflammation and Slashes Chronic Disease Risk

Posted January 16, 2014

Medical researchers have become increasingly aware that many chronic illnesses ranging from cardiovascular disease and cancer to dementia and arthritis are fueled by excess cellular inflammation. Systemic inflammation creates an environment that is conducive to genetic alterations and can lead to immune system dysfunction as macrophages, normally charged with the function of gobbling up pathogenic invaders, become ineffective as they permit rogue cancer cells to go undetected. Poor diet leading to an omega fat imbalance increases inflammation throughout the body and primes the mechanism that promotes disease.

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Fish Derived Serum Omega-3 Fatty Acids Help Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted January 15, 2014

High concentrations of serum long-chain omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a University of Eastern Finland study published recently in Diabetes Care. The sources of these fatty acids are fish and fish oils.

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Omega-3 fatty acids lower the risk of mini-strokes and brain abnormalities as we age by 40 percent

Posted January 14, 2014

Strokes, mini-strokes or infarcts and vascular dementia, along with heart disease, account for one in three deaths each year. Expert analysis shows that nearly 200,000 of these deaths are fully preventable by following simple lifestyle modification steps that dramatically lower the risk of being added to this statistical pool. Researchers cite changes in health habits, such as stopping smoking, more physical activity and less salt in the diet along with managing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as the most significant steps for lowering vascular disease risk.

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Omega-3 Fats from Fish Oil Found to Significantly Lower the Risk of Breast Cancer

Posted January 12, 2014

Breast cancer is among the most common forms of the disease among women, accounting for 23 percent of total cancer cases and 14 percent of cancer deaths in the US. So what can women do to improve their chances of dodging this devastating disease?

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This fatty acid might naturally help with Crohn’s disease

Posted January 7, 2014

Researchers discovered a fatty acid that could curb inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease. Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) was found by researchers to help reduce Crohn’s activity and improved quality of life, in addition to being well tolerated. If you haven’t asked your doctor about supplementing with CLA, you may want to consider a discussion about the potential benefits if you have Crohn’s disease.

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