There are plenty of good reasons to take a fish oil supplement, but if lowering your cholesterol is the ultimate goal, you’re wasting your money.What you need to know to reap the benefitsBy Fred Sancilio, PhD
Fish oil has long been the king of omega-3s, but the field is changing. Omega-3s show up in a wide variety of foods and supplements originating from both plants and animals. They come in three varieties (each of which have their own merits), are an essential part of the membrane of each cell in the body, and help correct or prevent a long list of conditions.Why we need them and where to get themBy Adam Swenson
The mass media flew into action in early July reporting titillating headlines related to a paper by Theodore Brasky, PhD, and his colleagues at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center suggesting a slight link between plasma levels of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and prostate cancer risk.Response to a recent negative reportBy Luke Huber, ND, MBA, Kira Schmid, ND, and Blake Gossard, on behalf of Life Extension
For decades there was no universal agreement on the correlation between diet and disease among nutritional, medical, and governmental health officials. However, as heart disease has been and is still the nation’s number one cause of death, researchers have sought to identify controllable risk factors.A closer look at omega-3 fatty acidsBy George L. Redmon, PhD, ND
The fish oil pill that you pop once a day for benefits like brain and heart health may have further reaching effects than you thought. Scientists and doctors alike are accumulating a nice body of evidence that shows fish oil to have proven mechanistic actions that can influence cancer—breast cancer specifically.How fish oil and omega-3 supplements impact breast cancerBy Cara Lucas
A study published in the Journal of Dairy Science shows that it may be possible to achieve the suggested daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids by incorporating them into a serving of savory-flavored yogurt.
Every once in a while, issues surface that expose the differences and polarize factions within the natural and healthy lifestyle community. One of the more recent topics that falls into this category is krill.
Fish oil is known to many as the magic source of omega-3 fatty acids. But what is an omega-3 fatty acid? Amongst others, it includes (eicosapentaenoic acids or EPAs) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Neither acid is produced by our bodies, so they need to be consumed through diet or supplementation.
You already know they’re important for good health, but what do essential fatty acids have to do with radiant skin? These polyunsaturated fats (which include omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) are essential for staving off inflammation, dryness, and acne, says Valori Treloar, a dermatologist and coauthor of The Clear Skin Diet (Cumberland House Publishing, 2007).By Josie Garthwaite
Researchers have long suspected that Inuits in Greenland almost never get rheumatoid arthritis because they eat mostly seafood, which is packed with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Now a new study from Dundee University in Scotland backs this up.By Kristin Bjornsen