Parental Omega-3 Deficiency Can Affect Offspring

  Dietary choices by parents may affect their adolescent's behaviour and cognitive performance. Using a rodent model, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that the adolescents of parents who were low in omega-3 fatty acids had more anxiety, hyperactivity and learning difficulties than adolescents whose parents had sufficient dietary omega-3’s. The nutritionally deficient parents…

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Too Many Omega-3s May Not Be Good

Are you taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements or eating lots of fatty fish because of their anti-inflammatory properties? Researchers have found that men who consumed the most fatty fish or took the most fish oil supplements experienced a 43% increased risk for prostate cancer compared to those eating the least. They also observed a 71% increased…

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Value of Omega-3 Fatty Acids Questioned

Many people take omega-3 fatty acid supplements hoping to reduce their risk of adverse cardiovascular events. However, recent research suggests that these supplements may have little value. A group of 12,500 well-controlled diabetic patients who received 1 gram of omega-3 fatty acid or a placebo demonstrated no differences after 6 years of follow-up. These findings…

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The Obvious Assumption

There are two kinds of dietary information: simple and complex. Simple information categorizes everything into a few groups, either stigmatizing the bad groups or promoting a particular good group. Complex information breaks everything down into multiple options that require a chemistry/physiology degree to understand.This seems especially true when trying to understand fatty acids: their intake,…

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Supplements Fail Again

The British Medical Journal just published results from a study on how B-Vitamins and fish oil affect several cardiovascular diseases. The outcomes were disappointing.Researchers studied 2501 individuals who were sick to begin with. All had experienced a stroke, heart attack or unstable chest pains. The study involved over 400 research physicians throughout France. People were randomly assigned to one of…

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Omega-3 Supplements Do Little to Slow Cognitive Decline

A randomized trial gave either a placebo or 2 grams a day of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) to about 400 adults with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer Disease (AD) for 18 months. At the end of treatment there was no difference between the groups, showing that these supplements did not slow the rate of cognitive decline. PositiveTip: DHA supplementation probably results in little improvement…

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Omega-3 Supplementats Not Beneficial

There is growing interest in the possibility of reducing the risk of heart disease by supplementing with fish-based omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) or plant-derived alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Using a multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 4837 older men with heart disease, researchers found during an almost four year follow-up that none of the supplements…

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