More research is out suggesting the many benefits of fish oils in your diet

More research is out suggesting the many benefits of fish oils in your diet.

Alzheimer’s Disease
Research from the medical journal Neurology suggests that eating foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, chicken, salad dressing and nuts, may be associated with lower blood levels of a protein related to Alzheimer’s disease and memory problems. The research is published in the May 2, 2012, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

For the study, 1,219 people older than age 65, free of dementia, provided information about their diet for an average of 1.2 years before their blood was tested for the beta-amyloid. Researchers looked specifically at 10 nutrients, including saturated fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, mono-unsaturated fatty acid, vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin B12, folate and vitamin D.

The study found that the more omega-3 fatty acids a person took in, the lower their blood beta-amyloid levels. Consuming one gram of omega-3 per day (equal to approximately half a fillet of salmon per week) more than the average omega-3 consumed by people in the study is associated with 20 to 30 percent lower blood beta-amyloid levels.

Other nutrients were not associated with plasma beta-amyloid levels. The results stayed the same after adjusting for age, education, gender, ethnicity, amount of calories consumed and whether a participant had the APOE gene, a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.

The study was supported by the National Institute on Aging.

Fish oils function as anti-inflammatories and have been useful in reducing symptoms of arthritis, lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, reducing platelet stickiness, and reducing the symptoms of ulcerative colitis. In some cases, fish oils have been reported to reduce the symptoms associated with organ rejection after transplant and may prevent the closing up of the coronary arteries after an angioplasty. Omega-3 fatty acids are primarily found in cold-water fish such as salmon, cod, tuna, herring, and mackerel. Here is just some of the latest research on the benefits of Fish Oils in some tough medical situtations

During Chemotherapy
Fish oil helps Neutrophil Function in Chemotherapy
Neutrophils are the immune systems “first responders,” to infection. It is their job to “eat,” the infection causing cells.

New research says: “Cancer chemotherapy is associated with neutropenia and impaired neutrophil function. This study aimed to investigate whether supplementation with low dose fish oil (FO), providing n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy after surgical tumor (mainly gastrointestinal) removal is able to improve the function of blood neutrophils.”

What they found was that Fish oil supplementation prevented weight loss, and actually increased weight in the chemotherapy patients and dramatically increased the number of immune cells.” (1)

Healthy Heart
Researchers found that in patients given electrical cardioversion to reset their heart rythms benefited greatly from fish oils in reduces the recurrence of persistent atrial fibrillation. Says the researchers “Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation commenced less than 1 month prior to electrical cardioversion and continued thereafter reduces the recurrence of persistent atrial fibrillation.” (2)

Mixed with Lemon Herb for Joint Pain
Researchewrs tested the efficacy of an antioxidant/anti-inflammatory supplement containing standardized lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla, Lippia citriodora) extract and fish oil omega-3 fatty acid in a human pilot trial as an alternative treatment for joint management.

Results: Lemon verbena extract showed strong antioxidant properties and a nutritional supplement containing standardized lemon verbena extract (14% verbascoside, w/w) and fish oil omega-3 fatty acid reduced symptoms of pain and stiffness significantly, and improved physical function after 9 weeks of treatment. Statistically significant differences were detected, compared to placebo. (3)

1. Bonatto SJ, Oliveira HH, Nunes EA, et al. Fish Oil Supplementation Improves Neutrophil Function During Cancer Chemotherapy. Lipids. 2011 Dec 11.

2. Kumar S, Sutherland F, Morton JB, et al. Long Term Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Supplementation Reduces the Recurrence of Persistent Atrial Fibrillation after Electrical Cardioversion. Heart Rhythm. 2011 Nov 22.

3. Caturla N, Funes L, P Rez-Fons L, Micol V. A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study of the effect of a combination of lemon verbena extract and fish oil omega-3 Fatty Acid on joint management. J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Nov;17(11):1051-63.

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