Stroke-like brain damage is reduced in mice injected with omega-3s

Omega-3 helps recovery from strokes.

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Public Release: 22-Aug-2016

Emulsion containing omega-3 triglyceride DHA also improved brain function

Columbia University Medical Center

New York, NY, August 22, 2016–Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) found that omega-3 fatty acids reduced brain damage in a neonatal mouse model of stroke.

Findings from the study were published recently in PLOS ONE.

The researchers treated 10-day-old mice that had incurred hypoxic-ischemic brain injury (caused by a decrease in blood flow and oxygen to the brain, as occurs during a stroke) with a fat emulsion containing either DHA or EPA–omega-3 fatty acids that are found in certain foods and in supplements. The researchers evaluated the mice’s neurological function 24 hours and 8 to 9 weeks after the brain injury.

EPA and DHA are bioactive omega-3 fatty acids that are found in oils extracted from cold-water fish. The CUMC researchers and other scientists have shown that these fish-oil fatty acids…

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Greater intake of dietary omega-3 fatty acids associated with lower risk of diabetic retinopathy

One more reason to increase your omega-3. Just remember, you can increase your omega-3 faster if you decrease your omega-6.

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Public Release: 18-Aug-2016

The JAMA Network Journals

In middle-aged and older individuals with type 2 diabetes, intake of at least 500 mg/d of dietary long-chain ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, easily achievable with 2 weekly servings of oily fish, was associated with a decreased risk of sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy, according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology.

The increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus, coupled with an increased lifespan, has resulted in a steady rise of disability in older individuals with diabetes. A major concern for this population group is diabetic retinopathy (DR), a leading global cause of vision loss. Given the economic and societal burden of DR, developing effective strategies to prevent or at least delay its onset is a major public health issue. The retina is rich in long-chain ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCω3PUFAs). Experimental models support dietary LCω3PUFA protection against DR, but clinical data are…

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Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, may aid healing after heart attack

If you keep your Omega-3 level around 50% you are not likely to have a heart attack!

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Public Release: 1-Aug-2016

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart Association

DALLAS, August 1, 2016 — Giving heart attack patients a high dose of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, daily for six months after a heart attack improved the function of the heart and reduced scarring in the undamaged muscle, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

The heart’s shape and function can be altered after a heart attack, a condition known as post-heart attack remodeling and it is linked with poor patient outcomes and could lead to heart failure. Therapies that can improve healing of the heart or prevent adverse remodeling, remain scarce.

A previous study found that omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil were associated with improved survival for heart attack patients, but the role of omega-3 fatty acids in improving the structure and tissue of the heart in patients…

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