Eating Fish Helps Stave Off Dementia

Eating at least one portion of fish per week helps to reduce a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-related illnesses. This was evidenced by international resear…

Source: Eating Fish Helps Stave Off Dementia


Omega-3 fatty acids may lower breast cancer risk in postmenopausal obese women


Public Release: 24-Feb-2016

Penn State

Omega-3 fatty acids may lower the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal obese women, according to researchers.

The protection likely comes from the fatty acids’ anti-inflammatory effects, said Andrea Manni, professor and division chief of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, Penn State College of Medicine.

Obesity is a major breast cancer risk factor in postmenopausal women, and scientists believe increased inflammation is an important underlying cause in this population.

“Omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect, so that’s one of the reasons why we suspected it may be particularly effective in obese women,” Manni said.

Some epidemiological data supports the idea that omega-3s protect against breast cancer, but the findings have been inconsistent. Manni suspected that data from normal-weight women obscurred the results.

Normal-weight women have less inflammation than heavier women, and are therefore less likely to benefit from anti-inflammatory omega-3s, he said.

To tease apart…

View original post 455 more words

New study highlights potential US public health impact of fish oil derived from menhaden

Menhaden–yummy! The problem is not that we are not eating enough fish–we are eating too much omega-6 and that is causing a deficiency in omega-3. They compete–if you eat a ton of omega-6 you have to eat a ton of omega-3!


Public Release: 23-Feb-2016

Consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3s may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease; reduce health-care costs by $1.7 billion


A new study published in Lipid Technology highlights the potential positive impact of consumption of oil derived from menhaden, a U.S.-caught fish high in the omega-3s EPA and DHA, on public health across the country. Medical expenditures in the U.S. are the highest in the world, and cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of mortality, costing more than $444 billion each year in direct and indirect costs (1).

The consumption of 1000 mg per day of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids by the at-risk population — as recommended by the American Heart Association — may reduce the risk of a coronary heart disease (CHD) event and reduce nationwide healthcare costs by $1.7 billion. This study determined that the current U.S. menhaden oil supply, sustainably sourced…

View original post 259 more words

Consuming omega-3 during pregnancy enhances fetal iron metabolism

I also think that the high rate of autism in the recent decades is due to low levels of omega-3 in mothers (caused by high intake of omega-6).


Public Release: 22-Feb-2016

University of Granada

A research has proven, for the first time, that maternal supplementation with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 essential polyunsaturated fatty acid, enhances fetal iron metabolism thanks to a greater expression of key genes regulating its transfer through the placenta. This research has been carried out by scientists from the University of Granada (UGR) and King’s College London, in collaboration with the infant and maternity hospitals from Granada and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria along with the dairy company Lactalis Puleva.

This multidisciplinary work, published in the renowned Journal of Functional Foods magazine, has proven that, in addition to helping in an early brain development, DHA supplementation is also related to iron metabolism in newborn babies. Moreover, it improves iron reserves before birth and helps preventing future postnatal deficiencies and the damage this could cause to the baby’s cognitive development.

In order to carry out…

View original post 346 more words

New study finds clear differences between organic and non-organic milk and meat

I will be using organic milk from now on.


Public Release: 15-Feb-2016

Newcastle University

Key findings:

  • both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products
  • organic meat had slightly lower concentrations of two saturated fats (myristic and palmitic acid) that are linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease
  • organic milk contains 40% more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
  • organic milk contains slightly higher concentrations of iron, Vitamin E and some carotenoids
  • conventional milk contained 74% more of the essential mineral iodine and slightly more selenium

In the largest study of its kind, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK, has shown that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products.

Analysing data from around the world, the team reviewed 196 papers on milk and 67 papers on meat and found clear differences between organic and conventional milk and meat…

View original post 1,041 more words

Nanoparticle therapy that uses LDL and fish oil kills liver cancer cells

Omega-3 kills cancer.


Public Release: 8-Feb-2016

UT Southwestern Medical Center

DALLAS – Feb. 8, 2016 – An experimental nanoparticle therapy that combines low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and fish oil preferentially kills primary liver cancer cells without harming healthy cells, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers report.

“This approach offers a potentially new and safe way of treating liver cancer, and possibly other cancers,” said study senior author Dr. Ian Corbin, Assistant Professor in the Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC) and of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern. “The method utilizes the cholesterol carrier LDL, combined with fish oil to produce a unique nanoparticle that is selectively toxic to cancer cells.”

The study was published in the February issue of the journal Gastroenterology.

Primary liver cancer, or hepatocellular carcinoma, is the sixth most prevalent type of cancer and third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Incidence of the disease is…

View original post 1,037 more words