How to Survive Holiday Eating

December 4th, 2012
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How to Survive Holiday Eating by Anne-Marie Blacker

Hi all, it’s that time of year again where the average North American person can gain an average of 5-10 lbs. over the holidays (eye roll!) I hope the following tips may be useful for the rest of December. The holidays are an exciting time for most people but the consequences of too much partying can take its toll, especially on the waist line. Some North Americans can gain anywhere from 5-10 lbs.; however, one can still enjoy the holidays and stay in the Zone with a little pre-planning.

Exercise is a great way to get through a holiday season and will help burn extra calories. I have even got up early Christmas morning to go for a power walk to give my metabolism a kick start.

Always eat a small Zone snack prior to going to a party!

At the party, try and stick with wine spritzers or vodka and soda and balance off each drink with protein. Usually there are lots of hors de oeuvres at a party (ie grilled shrimp, chicken fingers, cheese, etc.). When eating dinner at the party avoid the rolls, potatoes or any starchy food. I usually order Caesar salad, fish or chicken, double veggies (depending on the GI) and always finish off with dessert (my weakness). However I would rather have the dessert for my carbs while others may enjoy wine. It’s all a matter of trading off.

All the running around at holiday time can affect one’s STRESS levels which in turn can affect our immune systems.

Remember to take your pharmaceutical grade fish oil! Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner can be quite a challenge! Here are some tips to help on the actual day…

1. Start your day off with a Zone snack and some exercise.

2. After exercising eat a morning brunch that will give excellent hormonal for at least 5 hours. An example of a 3 block breakfast would be a 6-egg white omelette cooked in 2 tsp. olive oil followed with 1 cup slow cooking oatmeal.

3. If having an afternoon drink make sure it is balanced with protein.

4. When eating dinner use the eye ball method ie 1/3 plate white turkey breast (treat dark meat sparingly) and 2/3 plate carbohydrates.

Fill most of your plate with low glycemic carbs ie green beans. A little mashed potatoes with gravy and dressing can be added for the unfavourables (no more than 25-33%). Avoid the rolls.

Remember this is only your first round!

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Fish Oil Could Be Therapy for Periodontal Disease

July 26th, 2012

Fish Oil Could Be Therapy for Periodontal Disease

ScienceDaily (Apr. 24, 2012) — Periodontitis, inflammation of the tissue surrounding the teeth, affects more than half of adults and is linked to an increased risk of stroke and other heart problems. To evaluate whether fish oil supplementation could be an adjunct therapy for periodontitis, Dr. Alison Coates from the University of South Australia and colleagues from the School of Dentistry at University of Adelaide in Australia reviewed evidence from eight unique studies that involved humans.

Their review of these studies showed that improvements in clinical measures were common in all studies, but were scientifically significant in two that used a combination of fish oil and aspirin. Although this is not conclusive evidence, intake of fish oil is recommended for health benefits beyond the teeth.

“I would recommend that people ensure they have a sufficient intake of long chain omega-3 fatty acids in their diet for general health,” said Coates. “In Australia, these types of fatty acids are considered to be essential with ~500 mg recommended as the suggested dietary target. This equates to approximately 2 fatty fish meals per week.”

There are no serious dangers to consuming fish oil. At high levels of fish oil above the GRAS limit, people may experience a delayed clotting time and at very high doses potential gastric upset. If people are taking blood thinning medication, then they should consult with a doctor.

The group reports that the evidence for fish oil being effective in reducing periodontal symptoms is building but there is a need for more well designed studies that evaluate the supplement both alone and in combination with aspirin to be able to tease out whether fish oil by itself is effective. It is important that compliance to treatment is considered and that the dose and length of supplementation is appropriate. A clinical trial is underway in Australia that is investigating the effects of fish oil as adjunct therapy for periodontitis.

Results from this study were presented April 24, 2012 at the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting in San Diego, CA.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help to Reduce Harm Caused by Smoking

May 22nd, 2012

Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help to Reduce Harm Caused by Smoking

New study presented at the World Congress of Cardiology organized by the World Heart Federation.

Dubai (20 April 2012): Omega-3 fatty acids may help to reduce the physical harm caused by smoking, according to a new study presented today at the World Congress of Cardiology.

The study, carried out in Greece, assessed the effect of four-week oral treatment with 2 g/day of omega-3 fatty acids on the arterial wall properties of cigarette smokers. The results showed that short-term treatment with omega-3 fatty acids improves arterial stiffness and moderates the acute smoking-induced impairment of vascular elastic properties in smokers.

“These findings suggest that omega-3 fatty acids inhibit the detrimental effects of smoking on arterial function, which is an independent prognostic marker of cardiovascular risk,” said Dr. Gerasimos Siasos, University of Athens Medical School, 1st Department of Cardiology, “Hippokration” Hospital. “The cardioprotective effects of omega-3 fatty acids appear to be due to a synergism between multiple, intricate mechanisms involving anti-inflammatory and anti-atherosclerotic effects. Furthermore, AHA recommends that people without documented history of coronary heart disease should consume a variety of fish (preferably oily – rich in omega-3 fatty acids) at least twice per week.”

“The World Heart Federation strongly encourages all smokers to quit,” said Dr Kathryn Taubert, Chief Science Officer at the World Heart Federation. “The only way to protect your body from the harmful effects of tobacco is to stop smoking. We encourage all people, both smokers and non-smokers, to eat healthy diets, which includes foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.”

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Fish oil in pregnancy reduces infant eczema

April 26th, 2012

Taking fish oil capsules during pregnancy could help women with a family history of eczema to avoid passing on the condition to their children.

A study of 700 pregnant women found that those who took the supplements reduced by one-third the risk their infants would develop eczema, compared with women who took a placebo.

“This is potentially important because these children are the ones considered most likely to develop asthma and respiratory allergies at school age,” says Maria Makrides of the Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute in North Adelaide, South Australia, who led the team.

The results echo those from a previous trial in Sweden in 2009, which found that mothers given fish oil capsules were three times less likely than untreated to pass on eczema to their children.

Makrides says the fatty acids of the oil may get incorporated into cell membranes inside the fetus, where they dampen down the inflammation that leads to allergies and eczema. She says that to check the benefits are long lasting, all the children will be followed until they are 6 years old.

Catrin Furuhjelm of Linköping University in Sweden, who headed the 2009 study, is gratified to see her results confirmed. “In Sweden, the recommendation is for all mothers to eat fish three times a week during pregnancy, and future studies will tell us if there’s a reason to increase this dose.”

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January 31, 2012

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Low Levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Cause Memory Problems

March 21st, 2012

Low Levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Cause Memory Problems

FEBRUARY 27, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A diet lacking in omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients commonly found in fish, may cause your brain to age faster and lose some of its memory and thinking abilities, according to a study published in the February 28, 2012, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Omega-3 fatty acids include the nutrients called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

“People with lower blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids had lower brain volumes that were equivalent to about two years of structural brain aging,” said study author Zaldy S. Tan, MD, MPH, of the Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and the Division of Geriatrics, University of California at Los Angeles.

For the study, 1,575 people with an average age of 67 and free of dementia underwent MRI brain scans. They were also given tests that measured mental function, body mass and the omega-3 fatty acid levels in their red blood cells.

The researchers found that people whose DHA levels were among the bottom 25 percent of the participants had lower brain volume compared to people who had higher DHA levels. Similarly, participants with levels of all omega-3 fatty acids in the bottom 25 percent also scored lower on tests of visual memory and executive function, such as problem solving and multi-tasking and abstract thinking.

The study was supported by the Framingham Heart Study’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institute on Aging.

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A-M B-Well Newsletter Archive Now Available

February 27th, 2012

We are pleased to announce that we have put together an archive of our monthly newsletters all in one place for you to browse through at your convenience. There are two sets of newsletters. One for Canada/USA and the other for Australia/NZ. You will find some very useful Omega-3 information to read.

To access the Archives please Click Here.

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Why Fish Stomps Flax as a Source of Omega-3

February 2nd, 2012

Before we get into talking about the benefits of fish consumption, or how how much fish or fish oil you should eat, it’s probably a good idea to start with a basic review of the omega-3 fatty acids.

Essential Fatty Acids 101

A fatty acid is a chain of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen atoms with a carboxyl group on one end. Fatty acids are classified on the basis of how many carbon atoms are in the chain, as well as how many double bonds exist within the molecule.

SalmonFish contain a variety of fatty acids, but the ones that are believed to confer the majority of the benefits are the long-chain omega-3 fats eicosapentanaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These omega-3 fats are found exclusively in seafood and marine algae.

As you can see from this chart, it is also possible for the body to synthesize EPA and DHA from the short-chain omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is found in plant foods such as flax, hemp and pumpkin seeds and walnuts.

However, research clearly indicates that the conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA is extremely limited. Less than 5% of ALA gets converted to EPA, and less than 0.5% (one-half of one percent) of ALA is converted to DHA.

A common misconception, especially amongst vegetarians and vegans, is that our need for EPA and DHA can be met by consuming flax oil and other plant sources of ALA. But the conversion numbers above clearly indicate that this isn’t the case.

Studies have shown that ALA supplements (like flax oil) are unable to raise plasma DHA levels in vegans, despite low DHA levels at baseline. (ref) So unless they are supplementing with an algae-derived source of DHA, it is likely that most vegetarians and vegans are deficient.

This is significant because researchers now believe that the majority of the health benefits we get from dietary omega-3 fats come from the longer chain derivatives (especially DHA, as I will explain below).

Is DHA essential?

In fact, some researchers have proposed that DHA is essential. When scientists label a nutrient as “essential”, they they’re not just saying that it’s “very important”. In the context of nutrition essential means that the nutrient cannot be synthesized in the human body, and must be derived from dietary sources.

According to today’s nutrition textbooks, there are only two essential fatty acids, omega-6 linoleic acid (LA) and omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). It is believed that as long as these fats are present in the diet, all of the longer-chain omega-3 and omega-6 derivatives can be synthesized in the body.

As I pointed out above, while this is theoretically possible, in reality the conversion doesn’t work well. This is true even for healthy people, but it’s especially true for those with nutrient deficiencies, because the conversion of ALA to DHA depends on zinc, iron and pyridoxine.

The bioavailability of iron in plant sources is poor compared to animal sources, so iron deficiency is common in vegans and vegetarians. This is another reason why they tend to be poor converters of ALA to DHA.

Several other observations support the hypothesis that DHA is essential:

DHA content in the tissues of all mammals is very similar despite widely varying intakes of omega-3 fatty acids.
DHA and AA, but not other omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, are selectively transferred across the placenta.
60% of the dry matter of the brain is lipid, and DHA and AA are the most abundant fatty acids of brain phospholipids.
DHA status in newborns is much lower in those receiving formula with LA and ALA, than in those receiving milk or formula with pre-formed DHA.
It is possible that the primarily carnivorous diet of our ancestors, which ensured a consistently high dietary intake of DHA and AA, precluded the need to evolve efficient conversion mechanisms.

In other words, since we were eating a lot of meat and fish with pre-formed DHA and AA, our bodies didn’t need to be experts at converting ALA and LA in plants to DHA and AA. It is far easier for the body to assimilate pre-formed DHA and AA than it is to synthesize them from precursors.

What about EPA? Isn’t it essential too?

EPA is another long-chain omega-3 fatty acid that is conventionally believed to be responsible for the benefits of fish consumption.

EPA is often referred to as “anti-inflammatory”. However, according to this report on essential fatty acids by Masterjohn, EPA’s effect seems to be more of an interference with the metabolism of omega-6 arachidonic acid (AA) than the performance of any essential role itself.

Take a look at the chart again that I linked to in the beginning of the post. The fatty acids in blue boxes are less inflammatory, and those in pink boxes are more inflammatory. The chart shows that AA is used to synthesize prostaglandins that cause inflammation (indicated by the pink box on the chart). Because it has the same number of carbon atoms, EPA competes with AA for the enzymes that metabolize it. Since the prostaglandins made by EPA are less inflammatory than those made by AA (indicated by the blue box), EPA is often referred to as “anti-inflammatory”.

But while EPA is certainly less inflammatory than AA, it doesn’t make sense that the body would require an essential fatty acid just to block the inflammatory effects of of another fatty acid.

By contrast, DHA is used to synthesize compounds that play an active role in resolving inflammation. EPA only makes these compounds in the presence of aspirin (PDF). EPA is thus likely to simply be a byproduct of compromised DHA synthesis.

What does this mean to you?

Putting all of this information together yields the following conclusions:

DHA is the most important of the omega-3 fatty acids, and is primarily responsible for the benefits we get from consuming them.
DHA is likely to be essential, which means that you must consume it in the diet to prevent disease and ensure optimal function.
FlaxSeedsThe conversion of plant sources of ALA, such as flax seed oil, to DHA is poor in healthy people and even worse in people deficient in certain nutrients. Vegans and vegetarians are especially prone to be poor converters of ALA to DHA.
If you’ve been buying flax oil in the hopes that it will help, you’d be far better off putting that money towards some fish or fish oil capsules.
Dietary changes over the past century have lowered the DHA status to a state of subclinical deficiency in many people. Countless studies show that this deficiency is at least in part to blame for the rising incidence of cardiovascular disease, inflammatory disease, mental and psychiatric disorders and suboptimal neurodevelopment.

DHA is not the only reason to eat fish, which is also rich in selenium and vitamin D. However, DHA is likely to be the primary reason why populations that eat fish on a regular basis have consistently been shown to healthier than those that don’t.

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Prevalence of Arthritis – Stats

January 10th, 2012

Prevalence of Arthritis …

An estimated 50 million adults in the United States reported being told by a doctor that they have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia.

One in five (22%) adults in the United States report having doctor diagnosed arthritis.
In 2007–2009, 50% of adults 65 years or older reported an arthritis diagnosis.
By 2030, an estimated 67 million Americans ages 18 years or older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.
An estimated 294,000 children under age 18 have some form of arthritis or rheumatic condition; this represents approximately 1 in every 250 children in the U.S.
Prevalence of Specific Types of Arthritis …

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Other common rheumatic conditions include gout, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.

  • An estimated 27 million adults had osteoarthritis in 2005.
  • An estimated 1.5 million adults had rheumatoid arthritis in 2007.
  • An estimated 3.0 million adults had gout in 2005, and 6.1 million adults have ever had gout.
  • An estimated 5.0 million adults had fibromyalgia in 2005.

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The Goverment’s Big Fish Story

January 2nd, 2012

THE GOVERNMENT’S BIG FISH STORY

When Randal McCloy was rushed to West Virginia University Ruby Memorial Hospital’s intensive-care unit, he was practically dead. The 27-year-old coal miner had spent 41 hours buried 21/2 miles underground after an explosion in the Sago, West Virginia, mine where he’d been working. His 12 oxygen-starved colleagues had all perished.

“As far as we know, he survived the longest exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning,” says Julian Bailes, M.D., the neurosurgeon assigned to the case. McCloy was in a coma and in deep shock, his heart barely beating, one of his lungs collapsed, his liver and both kidneys shut down. Even if he somehow managed to pull through, doctors predicted McCloy would be severely brain damaged, since the carbon monoxide had stripped the protective myelin sheath from most of his brain’s neurons. “It’s very difficult to come back from a brain injury,” says Dr. Bailes. “There’s no drug that can help that.”

While McCloy was being given oxygen infusions in a hyperbaric chamber, Dr. Bailes was struck by inspiration: He ordered a daily dose of 15,000 milligrams (mg) docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) for the miner. In layman’s terms?

“Fish oil,” says Dr. Bailes.

Several weeks passed. Then, unexpectedly, McCloy emerged from his coma. This in itself was amazing, but he wasn’t done. In the weeks that followed, he stunned even the most optimistic experts by recovering his memory and gradually regaining his ability to walk, talk, and see, a turnaround that many in the medical field called miraculous.

Although Dr. Bailes believes the hyperbaric chamber may have worked some magic on the myelin, he thinks much of the credit belongs elsewhere. “The omega-3s helped rebuild the damaged gray and white matter of his brain,” says Dr. Bailes, who now takes his own medicine, swallowing a fish-oil supplement each morning. On his orders, McCloy, still recuperating at home, continues to take fish oil daily. “I would say he should be on it for a lifetime,” says Dr. Bailes. “But then, I think everybody should.”

Maybe what fish oil needed all along was a better publicist. After all, this isn’t the medical community’s first infatuation with omega-3s. Back in 1970, a pair of Danish researchers, Hans Olaf Bang and Jørn Dyerberg, traveled to Greenland to uncover why the Eskimo population there had a low incidence of heart disease despite subsisting on a high-fat diet. Their finding: The Eskimos’ blood contained high levels of omega-3s, establishing the first link to heart health. But even though this discovery spurred additional omega-3 research throughout the ’70s and ’80s, the public remained more interested in other nutrients–none of which had the unfortunate words “fish” or “fatty” in their names.

There are three types of omega-3s: DHA and EPA, found in fish and marine algae (which is where the fish get them), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is found in plants, seeds, and nuts. All three have health benefits, but those attributed to DHA and EPA have sparked renewed interest in recent years. Studies show that this tag team may not only reduce a person’s risk of heart disease and stroke but also possibly help prevent ailments as diverse as arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, autoimmune disorders, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder–and those are just the A’s. Researchers are now exploring if these multifunctional fats can, among other things, ward off cancer and even make prison inmates less violent. It’s enough to make omega-3 geeks downright giddy.

Men’s Health Magazine

http://www.menshealth.com/health/governments-big-fish-story

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Prevent or Slow Progression of Osteoarthritis

December 31st, 2011

Omega-3 fatty acids shown to prevent or slow progression of osteoarthritis

New research has shown for the first time that omega-3 in fish oil could “substantially and significantly” reduce the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis.

According to the University of Bristol study, funded by Arthritis Research UK and published in the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, omega-3-rich diets fed to guinea pigs, which naturally develop osteoarthritis, reduced disease by 50 per cent compared to a standard diet.

The research is a major step forward in showing that omega-3 fatty acids, either sourced from fish oil or flax oil, may help to slow down the progression of osteoarthritis, or even prevent it occurring, confirming anecdotal reports and “old wives’ tales” about the benefits of fish oil for joint health.

Lead researcher Dr John Tarlton, from the Matrix Biology Research group at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences, said classic early signs of the condition, such as the degradation of collagen in cartilage and the loss of molecules that give it shock-absorbing properties, were both reduced with omega-3.

“Furthermore, there was strong evidence that omega-3 influences the biochemistry of the disease, and therefore not only helps prevent disease, but also slows its progression, potentially controlling established osteoarthritis,” he said.

Dr Tarlton added: “The only way of being certain that the effects of omega-3 are as applicable to humans as demonstrated in guinea pigs is to apply omega-3 to humans. However, osteoarthritis in guinea pigs is perhaps the most appropriate model for spontaneous, naturally occurring osteoarthritis, and all of the evidence supports the use of omega-3 in human disease.”

Medical research director of Arthritis Research UK, Professor Alan Silman, said: “The possibility that omega-3 fatty acids could prevent osteoarthritis from developing has been a tantalizing one. Some limited, previous research has suggested that we were a long way away from understanding the potential use in humans. However, this current research in guinea pigs is exciting as it brings us closer to understanding how omega-3 might fundamentally interfere with the osteoarthritis process, and that it could potentially be taken as a treatment.”

On the back of the results of his study, Dr Tarlton said that following government guidelines on dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids could be effective in reducing the burden of osteoarthritis. Fish oil is far more effective than the flax oil based supplement, but for vegetarians flax oil remains a viable alternative.

“Most diets in the developed world are lacking in omega-3, with modern diets having up to 30 times too much omega-6 and too little omega-3. Taking omega-3 will help redress this imbalance and may positively contribute to a range of other health problems such as heart disease and colitis.”

Further studies are needed to determine the influence of omega-3 fatty acids on established disease in guinea pigs, and to confirm the effects in human osteoarthritis, said Dr Tarlton.

Osteoarthritis affects around eight million people in the UK, and is caused when the cartilage at the ends of bones wears away and the underlying bone thickens, leading to stiff, painful joints. Currently, there is no effective treatment to slow down disease progression, and treatment is limited to pain relief and ultimately joint replacement.

Press release issued 17 October 2011
http://www.bris.ac.uk/news/2011/7969.html

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Holiday Greetings to My Customers, Case Club Members and Friends…

December 25th, 2011
Anne-Marie Blacker

Anne-Marie - President and Founder

Holiday Greetings to My Customers, Case Club Members and Friends …

To all of my wonderful customers, case club members and friends, I bring you my deepest and most sincere well wishes for a holiday season full of cheer and wonderful memories.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the tremendous support this year and in years past. It is truly remarkable to sit back and reflect upon all the wonderful people who have reached out for our products and who have discovered, and continue to enjoy the amazing benefits of what Omega-3 can do in terms of improving one’s overall health and wellness.

When we first began this journey in 2005, it was to market our brand so that we could stay true to our mission and make “pharmaceutical grade fish oil affordable to all walks of life”. Never could I have imagined the support and loyalty that all of you have shown this many years and I am eternally grateful for this amazing gift.

The entire team at A-M B-Well, especially yours truly, are aware of the vast amount of Omega-3 products currently on the market. A large number of these companies make promises, boast results, and undercut prices in an attempt to gain every advantage and sway as many customers as they can to their brand – such is the consumer world in a competitive market.

This is why I am so appreciative of the loyalty of my existing customers as well as all those new to our Omega-3 products, and this is why I continue to strive to bring you all more than just promises or gimmicks. My ultimate goal is your health and well being – and your EDUCATION – giving you the tools you need to make an informed decision on what you use to make yourself healthier. This doesn’t always revolve around the lowest prices or the fanciest bottle.

My Liquid Gold and Capsule Omega-3 products speak for themselves – as they always have – backed by IFOS standards and ratings showing their superiority to comparable selections. The fish oil concentrate in A-M B-Well Omega-3 PGFO has been verified by the United States Pharmacopoeia (“USP”), the world’s most highly recognized and technologically advanced pharmacopoeia.

I promise all of you that I will continue in this upcoming year to do business the way I always have, with integrity and the utmost appreciation for each and every one of you and yours that use A-M B-Well Omega-3 products.

Again I wish you all the best for the holidays and for the soon to be New Year!!

Sincerely,

Anne-Marie

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Kids and the Zone

December 20th, 2011

Childhood obesity is on the rise. The main reason is high insulin levels! What causes high insulin levels? If you answered too many carbohydrates, you are correct.

From early on in a child’s life he or she is either weaned from the breast or bottle to baby pablum which is nothing but refined carbohydrates. Once the child grows a little, he or she is then given breakfast cereals, fruit juices,white bread, pasta, rice, bananas etc. with not much emphasis on protein (especially fish). Fast food restaurants have also become a way of eating for our children.

High insulin levels coupled with sitting in front of Nintendo games is wreaking havoc on our children’s health.

Many childhood illnesses are stemming from high insulin levels and lack of Omega-3 fatty acids ie asthma, attention deficit disorder, obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

Here are some tips for incorporating more protein into your child’s diet:

  • Firstly, find proteins that he or she will eat
  • Cut up fruits and serve with mozzarella cheese strings
  • Serve 2% milk as a balanced Zone snack
  • Serve vegetables with a cheese sauce
  • Add protein powder to slow cooking oatmeal or applesauce
  • Prepare shakes with frozen berries and protein powder
  • Prepare home made soups adding protein ie chicken or ham
  • Prepare Zone desserts ie Zone fudge or freeze the brain shake into popsicles
  • Supplement your child’s diet with pharmaceutical grade fish oil

Slowly introduce the concept of exercise into your child’s lifestyle. This can be accomplished by enrolling him or her in swimming, figure skating, hockey, soccer, dancing. Make it FUN for them. What do you have to lose other than some extra body fat :o )
To calculate your child’s protein requirements assume that they have 10% body fat when calculating their lean body mass. Their activity factor should then be increased by two levels. This will ensure that adequate protein is being supplied for growth spurts.

Remember kids are great imitators of their parents so the best way to get him or her in the Zone is to set an example yourself.

Zone Appetit!

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Fish Oil’s Impact On Cognition and Brain Structure

September 21st, 2011

Fish Oil’s Impact On Cognition and Brain Structure Identified in New Study

Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center have found positive associations between fish oil supplements and cognitive functioning as well as differences in brain structure between users and non-users of fish oil supplements. The findings suggest possible benefits of fish oil supplements on brain health and aging.

The results were reported at the recent International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease, in Paris, France.

The study was led by Lori Daiello, PharmD, a research scientist at the Rhode Island Hospital Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center. Data for the analyses was obtained from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a large multi-center, NIH-funded study that followed older adults with normal cognition, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s Disease for over three years with periodic memory testing and brain MRIs.

The study included 819 individuals, 117 of whom reported regular use of fish oil supplements before entry and during study follow-up. The researchers compared cognitive functioning and brain atrophy for patients who reported routinely using these supplements to those who were not using fish oil supplements.

Daiello reports that compared to non-users, use of fish oil supplements was associated with better cognitive functioning during the study. However, this association was significant only in those individuals who had a normal baseline cognitive function and in individuals who tested negative for a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s Disease known as APOE4. This is consistent with previous research.

The unique finding, however, is that there was a clear association between fish oil supplements and brain volume. Consistent with the cognitive outcomes, these observations were significant only for those who were APOE4 negative.

Daiello says, “In the imaging analyses for the entire study population, we found a significant positive association between fish oil supplement use and average brain volumes in two critical areas utilized in memory and thinking (cerebral cortex and hippocampus), as well as smaller brain ventricular volumes compared to non-users at any given time in the study. In other words, fish oil use was associated with less brain shrinkage in patients taking these supplements during the ADNI study compared to those who didn’t report using them.”

Daiello continues, “These observations should motivate further study of the possible effects of long-term fish oil supplementation on important markers of cognitive decline and the potential influence of genetics on these outcomes.”

The research team included Brian Ott M.D., director of the Rhode Island Hospital and Memory Disorders Center, Assawin Gongvatana Ph.D., Shira Dunsiger Ph.D. and Ronald Cohen Ph.D. from The Miriam Hospital and the Brown University Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Gonvatana and Cohen), and Department of Behavior and Social Sciences (Dunsiger).

Daiello is a research scientist at Rhode Island Hospital, a member hospital of the Lifespan health system in Rhode Island and an assistant professor of neurology (research) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Direct financial and infrastructure support for this project was received through the Lifespan Office of Research Administration. The study was supported by career development grants from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (Daiello) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (Gongvatana).

source: http://www.sciencedaily.com

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Omega-3 Supplements Helping Clinical Depression

September 14th, 2011

Encouraging results from the largest clinical study ever conducted on treating depression with Omega-3

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The use of Omega-3 supplements is effective among patients with major depression who do not have anxiety disorders, according to a study directed by Dr. François Lespérance of the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier at the Université de Montréal (CRCHUM), head of CHUM’s Department of Psychiatry and a professor at the Université de Montréal. The study was published June 15 in the online Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

This was the largest study ever conducted assessing Omega-3′s efficacy in treating major depression. It was carried out in conjunction with researchers from centres affiliated with the UdM’s Réseau universitaire intégré de santé (RUIS), from McGill University, Université Laval in Quebec City and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. The study was supported by the European firm isodisnatura, the Fondation du CHUM and the CRCHUM.

Initial analyses failed to clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of Omega-3 for all patients taking part in the study. Other analyses, however, revealed that Omega-3 improved depression symptoms in patients diagnosed with depression unaccompanied by an anxiety disorder. Efficacy for these patients was comparable to that generally observed with conventional antidepressant treatment.

From October 2005 to January 2009, 432 male and female participants with major unipolar depression were recruited to take part in this randomized, double-blind study (neither patients nor researchers knew which capsules patients received). For eight weeks, half of the participants took three capsules per day of OM3 Emotional Balance, a fish oil supplement containing high concentrations of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). The other half took three identical capsules of a placebo consisting of sunflower oil, flavoured with a small quantity of fish oil. In contrast with typical clinical studies designed to assess the effectiveness of antidepressants, this study included a high proportion of patients with complex and difficult-to-treat conditions, including patients resistant to conventional antidepressant treatments and patients also suffering from an anxiety disorder. The aim was to assess the value of Omega-3 supplementation in a group of individuals more like those treated in outpatient clinics.

Need to assess the impact of Omega-3 supplements

Some 11% of men and 16% of women in Canada will suffer from major depression at some point in their lives, making this disorder one of our society’s leading public health issues. Depression, which is now the world’s fourth leading cause of morbidity and death is expected to move up to the number two position by 2020. “Despite significant progress in neuroscience over the past two decades, depression is difficult to treat,” Dr. Lespérance noted. In view of the large number of patients who stop taking their medications in the first few months of treatment and those who refuse such treatment due to fear of stigmatization or side effects, it comes as no surprise that a large number of patients suffering from major depression use alternative treatments offered outside the healthcare system. “Many of these treatments have not been adequately evaluated. That is why it was important to assess the efficacy of Omega-3, one of the most popular alternative approaches,” he added.

Epidemiological and neurobiological studies have suggested that a relative deficit in polyunsaturated fatty acids of the Omega-3 group may predispose individuals to psychological disorders such as depression. Further, several preliminary clinical studies based on small numbers of patients have suggested that Omega-3 supplements with high concentrations of EPA can help to reduce symptoms of depression among patients who fail to respond to an initial antidepressant treatment. These studies have not, however, convinced the entire scientific community. A broader study was needed to acquire further knowledge about the properties and efficacy of high-quality Omega-3 supplements among patients suffering from major depression.

“We are proud that OM3 Emotional Balance, with its high concentration of EPA at unexcelled levels of purity delivers the dose of EPA needed for effective treatment,” said Claire Bertin, head pharmacist for isodisnatura, the laboratory producing the Omega-3 supplement used in the study.

It is important to note that the study assessed use of Omega-3 for eight weeks, at doses of 1050 mg of EPA and 150 mg of DHA each day. It is currently unknown whether taking higher doses or taking supplements over a longer period would yield different results.

These encouraging results show that use of EPA is effective among patients with unipolar depression unaccompanied by an anxiety disorder. Additional research directly comparing Omega-3 with conventional antidepressants could more clearly confirm their usefulness for patients suffering from depression.

The Efficacy of Omega-3 Supplementation for Major Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial, The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry-François Lespérance, MD, PhD; Nancy Frasure-Smith, PhD; Élise St-André, MD; Gustavo Turecki, MD, PhD; Paul Lespérance, MD, MSc; and Stephen R. Wisniewski, PhD.

Source: DigitalJournal.com

An Important Note from A-M B-Well about the Above Study:

From the Desk of Graeme George
Chief Financial Officer and International Sales Co-ordinator
A-M B-Well Inc. and AM B-Well International

I have put many hours of research into this important study re Depression which was published on June 15 in the online Journal of Clinical Psychiatry using the brand OM3 Emotional Balance by Isodisnatura, a European firm, and I have made the following observations:

Isodisnatura’s website is financially funded by a pharmaceutical company called Pfizer Canada so I wonder if the study was also funded by Pfizer Canada…Food for thought?

Over an 8 week period specialized groups of men and women suffering from unipolar depression, without anxiety disorders, were given either a placebo or 3 capsules daily of OM3 Emotional Balance (“OM3″) that provided  1050 mg. of EPA and 150 mg. of DHA, all in ethyl ester (EE) form which is a synthetic form vs. a triglyceride (TG) natural form.  Based on one of their resellers’ sites in the U.S. called CVS Pharmacy, the price of 60 capsules of OM3 is listed at US$24.69.

So if one compares like-for-like and compares 60 capsules of OM3 to 90 capsules of A-M B-Well Omega-3 PGFO (“AMB Well Omega-3″) capsules, the price for 90 capsules of OM3 would become US$36.04 in comparison to US$25.75 for AMB Well Omega-3 capsules.  If one then factors in the bioavailability of a pharmaceutical grade fish oil in EE (synthetic) form vs. a TG (natural) form of Omega-3, the difference in price of OM3 would be 1/3 more compared to AMB Well Omega-3 bringing OM3′s cost up to US$48.05 for the same effective dose as AMB Well Omega-3 at US$25.75.  FYI:  A highly concentrated triglyceride base fish oil  is put through an exclusive 6-step manufacturing process for extracting the Omega-3s from the fish oil and refining them vs. a 5-step manufacturing process for a highly concentrated ethyl ester base fish oil.  This exclusive 6-step manufacturing process for the triglyceride base fish oil is also much more expensive than the 5-step manufacturing process for the ethyl ester base fish oil.  It makes you wonder who is making all that extra money??  You can read more about TG vs EE and the studies that support it at http://www.anne-marie.ca/fishoil.html under Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil Standards.

Then we look at the EPA and DHA.

The EPA for 3 capsules of OM3, their claim to fame, is 1050 mg. daily costing US$1.60.

The EPA for 3 capsules of AMB Well Omega-3 is 1200 mg. daily costing $0.86c which is far better value. The true cost of EPA per gm. of AMB Well Omega-3 is less than half the cost of OM3!!

Obviously, with a 7.5:1 EPA/DHA ratio, OM3 is hopelessly deficient in DHA which is ALSO an EFA (essential fatty acid) required for overall health.

Conclusion: Certainly, the study using the OM3 brand has proven that EPA is significant in treating unipolar depression without an anxiety disorder, but to purchase an UNBALANCED product at a huge price premium per gm of EPA  makes no sense.  Further, OM3′s product is not third party tested by IFOS, although it does say they get independent testing periodically, but does not name the independent party.  EVERY batch of  AMB Well Omega-3 is third party tested by IFOS www.ifosprogram.com and receives a 5-star Certificate of Analysis that is posted under Consumer Reports on the Internet.

We at A-M B-Well Inc. recommend the ideal ratio of pharmaceutical grade fish oil be in a triglyceride form of 40:20TG (EPA/DHA) to treat not only depression, but heart health, high blood pressure, lipid profiles, brain and memory and do not require several brands offering differing ratios of EPA and DHA to treat a multitude of diseases.  The only thing you are treating is a deficiency in cash!!  All of the EPA and DHA is  provided for in our A-M B-Well Inc. pure pharmaceutical grade fish oil, the best fish oil in the world, with the best prices and a 5-star Certificate of Analysis for EVERY batch provided. You can follow this topic on our Omega-3 Wellness Forums.

September 14, 2010

 

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Omega-3 fatty acids may help PMS pain

August 6th, 2010

 

Fish Oil Capsules

Fish Oil Caps

Overview

Fish oil provides omega-3 fatty acids—essential fats the body can’t manufacture on its own. In addition to cardiovascular, brain function and mood benefits, fish oil may help prevent or alleviate symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). According to women’s health expert Christiane Northrup, M.D., over 60% of women experience PMS symptoms, such as cramps, bloating, breast tenderness and mood swings. Obtaining fish oil through food and/or supplements may reduce these symptoms and promote overall wellness.

Benefits

Since fish oil is associated with reduced bodily inflammation, regular consumption may prevent or alleviate bloating and pain caused by PMS. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), women who take fish oil supplements regularly report fewer menstrual cramps than women who do not. The omega-3 fats present in fish oil also improve brain function, which contribute to mood balance and emotional health. For this reason, fish oil may help reduce the severity and frequency of mood swings associated with PMS.

Sources

Fish oil known to ease PMS symptoms and promote overall wellness stems from coldwater, or “fatty” fish, including salmon, albacore tuna, lake trout, sardines, herring, halibut and mackerel. According to the UMMC, fish oil supplements may provide equal benefits. Strict vegetarians or vegans and anyone who prefers not to eat fish or fish products can reap omega-3 benefits from alternate sources, such as ground flaxseed, walnuts, flaxseed oil and canola oil.

Dosage

For best results in reducing PMS symptoms through fish oil, a woman may opt to consume coldwater fish at least twice weekly and/or take daily fish oil supplements. Fish oil supplements contain both healthy acids that fatty fish provide–EPA (eicosapentaenoic) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). The UMMC suggests basing fish oil dosage on EPA and DHA content rather than amount of fish oil contained for best results. Standard fish oil supplement provide approximately 180 mg (milligrams) of EPA and 120 mg of DHA. The UMMC recommends a maximum daily dosage of 3 grams of fish oil for most adults, as excessive intake can increase bleeding.

Time Frame

The time required for fish oil supplements to provide benefits varies among women. However, regular intake is suggested, as fish oil taken once in a while or only at the start of menstruation is less likely to provide benefits. 

Suggestions

Fish oil and the omega-3 fatty acids they contain are recommended for women who regularly experience PMS symptoms and as a means of promoting women’s wellness in general. Northrup suggests regular intake of essential fatty acids through foods—such as nuts, seeds and coldwater fish—in addition to fish oil supplements, for many women. Regular physical activity, a nutrient-rich diet sufficient in calories, reducing caffeine intake and relaxation techniques may also prevent, reduce or alleviate symptoms. Severe PMS symptoms may indicate underlying medical conditions. For this reason, PMS symptoms that detract from a woman’s ability to function normally should be addressed with a health care provider.

References
* Dr. Northrup: Premenstrual Syndrome Facts and Treatment
* University of Maryland Medical Center: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Facts and Dosage
* Lipids in Health and Disease; Omega-3 fatty acids and major depression: A primer for the mental health profession; Alan C. Logan; Nov. 2004.

You can get your Ultra Refined Omega-3 Fatty Acids from A-M B-Well Omega-3 PGFO Capsules and Liquid Form.  A-M B-Well Omega-3 Fish Oil Products have been through 6 manufacturing processes so that the fish oil is virtually contaminant-free.  Each capsule contains 400 mg. of EPA and 200 mg. of DHA which is twice the amount of Omega-3s found in regular fish oil containing 180 mg. of EPA and 120 mg. of DHA.

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Some Tips on Taking Omega-3 Liquid Gold

June 25th, 2010

You could put the 2 teaspoons into a shooter glass and drink it down like a shooter!  My daughter gave my 2 1/2 year old grandson one-half teaspoon yesterday in a syringe.  At first he didn’t like it, then he started licking his lips and said “yummy, this is Grandma’s fish oil”.  We sure have come a long way from the cod liver oil days.  That is a good sign!!  You can also mix the oil with a dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and put on your salad.  Mixing it in with a fruit smoothie will also work; however, the quickest way to take it is by simply swallowing it down…

You can bite into citrus fruit before you take the liquid oil, or once you have swallowed the liquid, you will have a taste of mandarin orange in your mouth.  Because our Omega-3 Liquid Gold is triglyceride (TG – natural), rather than ethyl esther (EE – ethyl esther), it is thicker in texture.  I ensure that there is no fish oil on my lips by wiping with a napkin so I am not walking around smelling like a sardine.  I then take a drink or bite into something and the taste is completely gone.  If I get any oil on my hands, I wash immediately because you will start to smell it on your hands once it hits the air.  This is because there is no gelatin capsule to protect the oil from oxidation.

Also ensure that you are taking the fish oil with a meal, as the liquid will enter the bloodstream a lot faster, because your body does not have to breakdown the gelatin capsule first.  It takes approximately 60 minutes for a capsule to dissolve.

Well I know this is more than what you asked for, but it’s just some tips I have found that work.  Please let me know what you think of the Omega-3 Liquid Gold once you receive it.

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Introducing A-M B-Well Omega-3 Liquid Gold!

June 24th, 2010
A-M B-Well™ Omega-3 Liquid Gold

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A-M B-Well inc. is thrilled to introduce its newest product called A-M B-Well™ Omega-3 Liquid Gold! It is a welcome addition to the A-M B-Well Inc. product line.

Omega-3 Liquid Gold is identical to our Omega-3 PGFO capsules (as they are both triglyceride *40:20 TG) except that it is in liquid form and has a natural mandarin orange taste.  It is manufactured exclusively for A-M B-Well Inc. by the same manufacturer as its Omega-3 PGFO capsules.  It has also been third party tested according to parameters established by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (“CRN”) and the World Health Organization (“WHO”) for its potency and purity by the International Fish Oil Standards Program (“IFOS”) http://www.ifosprogram.com and receives a 5 star rating under Lot 21824.

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Fish Oil 101 – Get the Basics

June 14th, 2010

There are three types of fish oil:

  • Cod liver oil
  • Health grade fish oil
  • Pharmaceutical grade fish oil (“PGFO”)

What is Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil?

Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil standards are as follows:

  • At least 60% of the long-chain fatty acids must consist of EPA and DHA (40:20 TG).
  • AA/EPA ratio must be less than .04.
  • PCBs per gram of oil should have a much lower level of 45 ppb.

Omega-3 PGFO

Omega-3 PGFO

A-M B-Well Omega-3 PGFO is a highly concentrated triglyceride base fish oil that uses only the finest quality raw materials of fish oils from ocean fish like anchovies, mackerel and sardines. The oil is then put through an exclusive 6-step manufacturing process for extracting the Omega-3s from the fish oil and refining them. In numerous studies, the absorption of Omega-3 fatty acids in their natural triglyceride form are superior to the synthetic ethyl ester form that is common in other concentrated Omega-3 products. Each bottle contains 90 capsules. Each 1,000 mg. capsule contains a minimum of *400 mg. of EPA and *200 mg. of DHA (both as triglyceride, TG), for a minimum summed total of 600 mg. of Omega-3s per capsule.  The remaining 400 mg. is made up of glycerin, purified water, and 10 I.U.s of Vitamin E for oxidative stability.  Our pharmaceutical grade fish oil has been purified using advanced molecular distillation to make it virtually contamination free of PCB’s, mercury, dioxins, and furans, often  present in related products containing Omega-3 fatty acids. Our pharmaceutical grade fish oil is also gluten free!

How to Select 5 Star Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil:

  • Check that your bottle of pharmaceutical grade fish oil has a Lot Number that has been posted on an official IFOS (International Fish Oil Standards) consumer report site such as IFOS.
  • Check to ensure that you are buying a TG (natural) PGFO and not an EE (synthetic) PGFO.
  • Check the ingredient label to ensure that the pharmaceutical grade fish oil has a 60% Omega-3 concentration and complies with the CRN and WHO standards.
  • Ask your supplier for a Certificate of Analysis and look for its 5 star rating to confirm that the pharmaceutical grade fish oil has exceeded these international standards.

A Certificate of Analysis for each batch of A-M B-Well Omega-3 PGFO has been posted at IFOS under Consumer Reports.

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Is Your Fish Oil Safe?

June 1st, 2010

Dear Friend,

Omega-3 fatty acids are also called essential fatty acids (“EFAs”).  As with some vitamins, the body cannot synthesize Omega-3s so therefore they must be introduced with the diet.

Recently published clinical literature has shown that Omega-3 fatty acids can:

  • Lower total cholesterol and increase good cholesterol “HDL”, helping to keep the heart healthy
  • Reduce  triglycerides to 40%
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve memory, concentration and learning
  • Keep  skin healthy and vital and fight aging
  • Fight the formation of thrombi
  • Reduce the risk of heart attack
  • Lower the risk for some cancers
  • Decrease symptoms of angina and heart palpitations
  • Be helpful in pregnancy
  • Improve mood and fight depression
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Improve the symptoms of psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s Disease, ADD, ADHD, Crohn’s disease or lupus, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, premenstrual syndrome and painful periods
  • Reduce the risk of macular degeneration of the eyes
  • Make cell membranes more fluid, prevent stiffness and deterioration (replacing saturated fats)
  • Be useful for the hormonal system
  • Help the body to maintain its temperature

The best diet is one that is rich in fish, preferably small in size, at the bottom of the food chain.  This will help prevent contamination from mercury, PCB’s and other toxins in medium to large fish.

The minimum daily requirement of Omega-3s as recommended by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (“FAO”) is 1.5% of daily caloric needs.  For example, if you consume 1,800 kcal per day of food, you should ingest at least 3 grams of Omega-3s.  This amount is hard to reach because foods rich in these fats are not very attractive, and not everyone wants or can eat fish every day.  If you cannot reach the recommended daily amount of Omega-3s from food, it then becomes crucial to choose an Omega-3 supplement.

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Omega-3 fatty acid kills cancer cells in mice

May 30th, 2010

An omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oils has shown some promise to reduce the size of tumours and enhance the positive effects of the chemotherapy drug cisplatin, while limiting its harmful side effects.

A. M. El-Mowafy, a professor at Mansoura University in Egypt, studied the effects of the fatty acid Docosahexanoic acid (DHA) on solid tumours growing in mice.

The researcher also studied how this fatty acid interacts with the drug cisplatin, which is known to cause kidney damage.

El-Mowafy said: “DHA elicited prominent chemopreventive effects on its own, and appreciably augmented those of cisplatin as well. Furthermore, this study is the first to reveal that DHA can obliterate lethal cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity and renal tissue injury.”

Cold-water fish oil and some vegetable oils are known to be rich in DHA.

This fatty acid is a major component of brain grey matter and of the retina in most mammalian species.

It is considered to be essential for normal neurological and cellular developments.

The authors said: “While DHA has been tentatively linked with protection against cardiovascular, neurological and neoplastic diseases, there exists a paucity of research information, in particular regarding its interactions with existing chemotherapy drugs”.

During the study, the researchers found that DHA acts by reducing white blood cell accumulation, systemic inflammation, and oxidative stress at the molecular level.

The finding attains significance as all these processes have been linked with tumour growth.

El-Mowafy and his colleagues have called for greater deployment of omega-3 in the fight against cancer.

They write: “Our results suggest a new, fruitful drug regimen in the management of solid tumours based on combining cisplatin, and possibly other chemotherapeutics, with DHA.”

The study has been published in the open access journal Cell Division. (ANI)

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Fish Oil and Acne

May 14th, 2010

Does Fish Oil Help?

One of my friends has acne and I suggested he try some fish oil. It has been about 7 months now and we can both see the difference in his face. He seems to be much happier as well.

Needless to say I had him start with the best pharmaceutical brand I know; Omega-3 PGFO Fish Oil from A-M B-Well inc.

My Research on Fish Oil and Acne.

Hormonal disturbance in our body causes many health conditions and one of these is acne. Fish oil and acne are related to each other because of the presence of fatty acids in fish oil which can be helpful in the prevention as well as cure of acne. Two essential fatty acids – DHA and EPA – are broken down in the body to make other substances, such as prostaglandins. These substances prevent the formation of excess sebum in the hair follicles present throughout the human body, and as a result prevent acne from being emerging out.

Doctors and dermatologists recommend increasing the intake of fish oil with acne. Although eating fish directly can also help prevent acne, but this is not usually advised by health experts across the globe. A healthy alternative is to buy fish oil supplements containing adequate percentages of DHA, EPA and even some other substances like vitamin E and antioxidants. These nutritional supplements are not only helpful in the prevention of acne, but are also important for your overall health and well-being.

If you are allergic to fish, you can consume flax seed oil to obtain another essential fatty acid by the name of ALA. This acid is converted into DHA and EPA in the body and can be used for many important functions. Some other vegetable oils are also recommended to people who are overweight or cannot consume fish oil with acne.

Cod liver oil, although a very rich source of DHA and EPA also contains high amounts of vitamin A and D. Excess of vitamin A in the body can also cause acne. If you experience acne because of the intake of certain oily foods and chocolate, try taking in pharmaceutical grade fish oil. I have seen it work.

Good healing!

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Fish Oil Helps the Skin

February 16th, 2010

There are many beauty products on the market today that promise this and promise that, but the only thing they do is empty your pocket book!

Consumers need to do some homework before they run out and buy any type of supplement or beauty aid.

As this article reads, Many Beauty Products’ Claims are Only Skin Deep. As I have always said the “proof is in the pudding”.

According to an article in USA Today by Cindy Clark:

•Beauty vitamins. Beauty in a bottle? “I was really skeptical at first, but there are scientific studies that prove that a number of supplements can make a difference,” Wells says. For instance, “the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can help with under-eye puffiness.” Try a premixed pack or individual vitamins, such as niacin for acne or fish oil.

I have been supplementing with pharmaceutical grade fish oil since 2001, and I am what you would call a guinea pig.

I can attest to some of the wonders that Omega 3 has done for my skin. My skin is never dry (even in the winter). I used to suffer from mild outbreaks of acne on my chin and since supplementation with pharmaceutical grade fish oil, that has disappeared.

At night time I use a little bit of Vitamin E oil under my eyes. There’s nothing like enriching your skin with a very important antioxidant.

My nails are also very strong from the Omega 3s whereas before I used to have problems with them breaking and being brittle.

My lipid profiles are incredible, but that’s another blog.

Source: Many Beauty Products’ Claims are only Skin Deep

Anne-Marie
The Proof is in the Pudding
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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Improve Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury

December 10th, 2009

Here is yet another amazing scientific discovery of the miracles of Omega-3:

A study was done by the Neuroscience Centre, Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, St. Bartholomew’s and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London E1 2AT, United Kingdom on spinal cord injury (SCI) in rats.

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a cause of major neurological disability, and no satisfactory treatment is currently available. Evidence suggests that polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) could target some of the pathological mechanisms that underlie damage after SCI.

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Omega 3 and Omega 6 Out of Balance

November 27th, 2009

The OmegaScore

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have the correct ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3?

Most people have way too much Omega 6 and not enough Omega 3 which can be detrimental to one’s health.

The major cause of the imbalance between the 2 polyunsaturated fatty acids was the swing from butter to margarine and a decline in the consumption of fish.

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Fish Oil Trial to Boost Pupils’ Brain Power

September 15th, 2009

I remember growing up in Scotland and at school every morning we were given a pint of milk.

Every evening I was also forced by my father to take a teaspoon of cod liver oil (Omega-3 and Vitamin D) for health purposes. I had to hold my nose while the smelly oil slid down my throat. Little did I know the good my father was doing me back then.

Now all Year 11 pupils at Durham’s 36 comprehensive schools will be given a chance to take Omega-3 fish oil supplements to kick-start their exam performances.

Trials have already produced stunning results, bringing about dramatic changes in behaviour and performance among 100 children.

It is now hoped that about 5,000 15- and 16-year-olds will sign up to take the supplement.

Durham’s Chief Schools Inspector Dave Ford, the project’s brainchild, believes the fish oil could have an impact on GCSE results, after following the progress of children in the county involved in earlier studies with the omega-3 supplement.

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Lose Weight With Running and Fish Oil

August 20th, 2009

Lose Weight With Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil

According to Dr. Bruce Holub, a double – blind trial was conducted on 75 men and women who also had two cardiovascular disease risk factors such as hypertension, elevated blood cholesterol or triglyceride

Body compositions as increased by Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry revealed that the only group to exhibit a significant reduction in % body fat was that combining exercise with fish oil supplementation. This improvement appeared to reflect an enhanced fat oxidation during exercise. The fish oil plus exercise regimen also gave a lessened surge in the heart rate rise with exercise, which was attributed to a reduced vascular resistance and an improved blood flow in exercising muscles.

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Daily fix of chocolate and fish oil in one yummy product

June 16th, 2009

Yum!

Now you can get a chocolate fix combined with fish oil all in one delicious bite!

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) August 20, 2006 — Imagine getting a daily fix of chocolate and omega-3 fatty acids in one yummy product. That’s the premise behind the new Choco-Omeg line of chocolates (bars and boxed pieces) from Dynamic Chocolates. The line recently made its debut in a number of Canadian pharmacies, and Dynamic is working now to sell U.S. retailers on the merits of its new premium, functional chocolates. Official US launch date: August 28th, 2006 at the Diet, Nutrition & Vitamin ECRM show in Illinois.

Keep in mind that you would have to eat a lot of chocolate bars to get the required dosage of Omega-3s that one receives when supplementing with only 3 capsules of AMB Well Omega-3 PGFO (1200EPA/600DHA).

Daily Fix of Chocolate and Fish Oil in One Yummy Product

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Fish Oil Hailed as Cheaper Treatment for Arthritis

September 16th, 2008

According to Professor Les Cleland from the Royal Adelaide Hospital:

fish oil could save the national health system more than a hundred million dollars in arthritis treatments.

His 20 years of researching the effects of omega-3 on arthritis sufferers have proven that fish oil is a cheaper option than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and could also serve as a preventative measure.

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Fish Oil Benefits Babies

September 7th, 2008

Attention Mothers!

Fish oil can make your offspring smarter! What are you waiting for – give your precious bundle the gift of fish oil before birth.

A study was carried out at the University of Western Australia and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and involved 98 mums-to-be. Half of the mums-to-be received fish oil while the other half did not.

Children in the fish oil supplemented group attained higher scores in all measures of development, behaviour and language and had a significantly higher score for hand-eye coordination, Dr Janet Dunstan, from the university, said.

Just 3 capsules a day of a 5 star 40:20TG pharmaceutical grade fish oil a day is all you need.

After you precious bundle is born, don’t forget that he or she can still receive the amazing benefits of fish oil through breast feeding.

Source: Fish Oil Benefits Babies

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