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Sugar Counteracts the Anti-inflamatory Effects of Essential Oils

Sugar can negate the beneficial effects of omega 3 fats in mice.

Among the many benefits of the polyunsaturated n-3 fatty acids (omega-3 fats) is that they protect against high-fat diet induced obesity and the inflammation of fat cells  Researchers have found that excess table sugar (sucrose) added to the diets of mice significantly reduced the anti-inflammatory properties of these beneficial fats, and increased obesity.

PositiveTip: How much sugar are you using? Too much may counteract the good fats found in nuts, plant oils and some fish.

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Fish Oil and the Prevention of Dementia

Olive oil works as well as fish oil in preventing dementia.

Everyone wants to prevent dementia! Companies who manufacture fish oil supplements loudly proclaim the possible benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for this problem. But a 2-year British study of elderly subjects (the longest and largest study ever done on this subject) has compared the use of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil with an olive oil placebo. The study found no differences between the groups, except that those taking the highly recommended fish oil had more flatulence, belching and loose stools!

PositiveTip: An active mind and a healthy lifestyle are the best way of reducing the risk of dementia.