Are we what we eat?

My opinion–the best diet is lots of veggies, but with a moderate amount os seafood, NPR today mentioned an island with the worlds oldest population–many over 100, they are eat anchovies every day, drink wine and use lots of rosemary. Eat fish–live longer and be happy!


Public Release: 29-Mar-2016

Evidence of a vegetarian diet permanently shaping the human genome to change individual risk of cancer and heart disease

Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press)



Worldwide map shows frequency of an adaptive allele to a vegetarian diet. By using reference data from the 1000 Genomes Project, a Cornell research team provided evolutionary evidence that the vegetarian diet, over many generations, may have driven the higher frequency of a mutation in the Indian population. The mutation, called rs66698963 and found in the FADS2 gene, is an insertion or deletion of a sequence of DNA that regulates the expression of two genes, FADS1 and FADS2. These genes are key to making long chain polyunsaturated fats. Among these, arachidonic acid is a key target of the pharmaceutical industry because it is a central culprit for those at risk for heart disease, colon cancer, and many other inflammation-related conditions…

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Omega-3’s help reduce major depression

Fish makes you happy


Omega-3’s help reduce major depression
We review the study ” Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help Control Major Depressive Disorder, Especially In Patients Taking Antidepressants “.

Citation Title: Meta-analysis and meta-regression of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation for major depressive disorder Transl Psychiatry. 2016 Mar 15;6:e756. doi: 10.1038/tp.2016.29

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Omega-3 fatty acids shown to exert a positive effect on the aging brain

At my age I need all the help I can get!


Public Release: 15-Mar-2016

Preventing Alzheimer’s disease through supplementation with natural omega-3 fatty acids

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Changes in cognitive function and memory decline form a normal part of aging. However, in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment (the pre-dementia phase of Alzheimer’s disease), these changes occur more quickly. There are currently no effective treatments for these diseases. Physicians and researchers are constantly looking for new treatment methods that will maintain their patients’ cognitive performance and independence for as long as possible. Targeted prevention is another essential component when trying to preserve cognitive function for as long as possible.

“Ideally, any measures used should be aimed at long-term prevention. This means that measures must be suitable for use in healthy older adults, and should be easy to integrate into day-to-day life,” says Dr. Nadine Külzow, a researcher at Charité’s Department of Neurology. Nutritional supplements represent one…

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