A large, nationwide, government-funded clinical trial designed to measure the effect of select nutrients on visual function – specifically age-related macular degeneration – recently reported that 1,000 mg of EPA and DHA omega-3 a day did not slow loss in cognitive decline. The other nutrients didn’t show benefit, either. I don’t get why they thought […]
Background: Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are integrally involved with brain function and cellular health. They work in cells (e.g., nerve cells, red blood cells) but they are also the source of “ingredients” that make other important compounds. These other compounds have diverse functions in the body, some of which are related to managing headaches. […]
Current Research: June 2015 Brief Summary of Findings: During middle age, muscle mass declines at a rate of about 0.5-1% per year. Loss of muscle mass is associated with higher risk of falling, disability, longer hospital stays, and inability to carry out daily activities in older age. A 6-month, double-blind, randomized control in 60 healthy […]
October is ADHD Awareness month and this short article is designed to do exactly that – raise awareness by explaining a little about what ADHD is all about from a scientific perspective. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is by far one of the most pervasive neurodevelopmental disorders worldwide. It is characterized by age-inappropriate symptoms of […]
Sunny days don’t come often here in the Monterey Bay Area of California. Recently, however, the sun appeared for a brief glorious day, and my family and I took the opportunity to take a little scenic drive up the coast to New Leaf Community Market in Capitola. This little trip ended up being a mini-adventure […]
A review of over 70 clinical trials that were conducted to specifically look at the impact of EPA and DHA on blood pressure, demonstrated that these commonly found Omega-3’s in whole fish and fish oil supplements have as much impact on lowering blood pressure as other, more commonly recommended lifestyle interventions (Figure 1).1 This recent […]
by Christina Tracey It is easy to get caught up with work, chores and everyday obstacles and forget to take time to slow down and ease the mind. Here are some tips on how to take time away from this fast paced world and enjoy life.
Although measurements of absorption and bioavailability may be used to support claims about “superiority” of one form of omega-3 over another, it prevents us from focusing on the critical issue – their ultimate clinical effects. This point is shown by looking at the long term clinical effects of fish oil on risk factors for cardiovascular […]
Introduction There are three forms of omega-3s found in supplements; triglycerides, ethyl esters, or phospholipids (see Figure 1). As more retail brands than ever tout the superiority of one form over the other through “on-pack” claims and whether one form is “more natural”, it’s easy to get confused about what they really are.
Fish Oil Absorption – The Full Story The main form of omega-3’s that relate to fish oil are ethyl ester and triglycerides and as science builds the case around them, we are becoming more aware of the different nuances to how they are absorbed and used in the body. A study published in 2010 (Dyerberg […]