Study links omega-3s to reduced mortality

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A 1% increase in obega-3 is associated with a 20% decrease in mortality!


Public Release: 22-Jun-2016

Meta analysis shows 9 percent reduced risk associated with omega-3 intake


A recent meta-analysis in Scientific Reports supports a link between EPA and DHA omega-3 intake and a reduced risk of death by any cause. The meta-analysis included 11 studies involving 371,965 participants and 31,185 death events, with a subset of the studies being used for different analyses.

In the analysis of n-3 LCPUFA intake, there was a 9% reduced risk of all-cause death associated with high versus low omega-3 intake. In the dose-response analysis, an increase in EPA/DHA intake of 300 mg/day was associated with a 6% lower risk of all-cause mortality. These findings suggest that both dietary and circulating n-3 LCPUFA are shown to be significantly associated with reduced risk of all-cause mortality.

According to study author Manfred Eggersdorfer, “The meta-analysis of 11 prospective observational studies demonstrates that each 1% increment of omega-3s in…

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New study finds link between omega-3 supplementation and reduced hospital stays

Another nice benefit from Omega-3


Public Release: 21-Jun-2016

Patients spent an average of 2.4 fewer days in hospital


A new meta-analysis published in Clinical Nutrition found that cardiac surgery patients who received omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (compared to placebo) in advance of surgery experienced reduced postoperative cardiac arrhythmias and significantly reduced the length of hospital stay by up to 2.4 days. The results are based on 11 RCT’s with 1038 patients.

“Omega-3s are well known for their benefits on cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of arrhythmias and reduced mortality in patients with recent myocardial infarction or cardiac failure,” said co-author Dr. Pascal L. Langlois from the Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Sherbrooke University. “Furthermore, they exhibit interesting anti-inflammatory properties and modulate the immune system.”

This study implies a reduction in hospital utilization and overall healthcare costs, and supports an existing body of research demonstrating the heart…

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Heart Disease is the Reason

Heart disease is still the number 1 killer in the US, and that is the number 1 reason to follow the Oil Change Diet. The following graph of heart death rates vs the % omega-6 in the tissue of people around the world that was published by Dr Bill Lands is the primary reason I started following this diet.

The key to understanding the significance of this graph is knowing that the remaining % in this graph is the omega-3. Together, these two fats make up 100% of the highly unsaturated fats in our cell membranes. They compete for position in our membranes, therefore when the omega-6 in our cell membrane is 80%, that means that the omega-3 in our cells is only 20%. When our cells need to make a hormone from these essential fats, it does not choose which one to use. It is simply a probability based chance of encounter that determines which one of these essential fats will be used to make the hormone. The result  of that chance encounter does matter! When our cell uses an omega-6 to make a prostaglandin, thromboxane or leukotriene, the result will be inflammation, clotting or allergic reaction–all of these contribute to heart disease. However, when our cells use an,  omega-3 to make these hormones, the result will be anti-inflammatory, clot busting or allergy blocking. In addition, a higher percentage of omega-3 in our nerve cells, helps to stabilize heart rhythm. Heart rhythm is an important factor in heart disease and heart death.

Understanding the function of these hormones and the processes that cause heart disease made it clear to me that omega-6 was increasing my risk of heart disease. I knew that I needed to increase my intake of omega-3 and reduce my intake of omega-6 to reduce my chances of heart disease. I was already taking prescription medications for blood pressure, heart rhythm and cholesterol and anti-inflammatory pills for my arthritis. Based on what I knew, I expected to see some reduction in blood pressure and arthritic pain  by reducing inflammation as well as the reduced risk of heart disease, but I did not expect the results I got. I got way more benefits than I ever expected. To be off all medications in just 3 weeks and losing 15 pounds–that was beyond my wildest dreams!

The research that Dr Lands published was paid for by you and I as taxpayers and in my opinion, it was money well spent. I feel like he has added years to my life and I write this blog as a way to pay it forward. Thank You Dr Lands!