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Type 2 Diabetes & Omega 3’s

Researchers from Harvard took blood samples from about 3,000 subjects and measured omega-3 levels. When the results were compared to diabetic status, they found that higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids — EPH and DHA — were linked to reduced risk of diabetes. 

Rrisk was lowest in those with the highest omega-3 levels. The is because EPA and DHA help your cell membranes manage insulin. Fat tissue contains an abundance of macrophages — a type of white blood cell that fights viruses, bacteria, and other junk that has to be removed from your cells. The macrophages do their work by producing proteins that burn off the junk with inflammation. Too much body fat creates a flood of those proteins, which happen to promote insulin resistance. Chronic inflammation just makes the situation worse. 

When excessive inflammation is reduced, insulin sensitivity improves. 
EPA and DHA are great natural anti-inflammatories.  For the past year or soI have recommended that patient’s take about  400 IU vitamin E with the omega 3’s (mixed tocopherols).

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DHA & Pain Relief

Antinociceptive effects of docosahexaenoic acid against various pain stimuli in mice.

Nakamoto K, Nishinaka T, Mankura M, Fujita-Hamabe W, Tokuyama S.

Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Kobe Gakuin University, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kobe, Japan.
Abstract

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (n-3 PUFAs), is an essential polyunsaturated fatty acid in the central nervous system, and possesses many physiological functions in neurodegenerative diseases. Previously, there are some reports that n-3 PUFAs contribute to pain relief. As the antinociceptive effect of DHA alone has not been reported, this study examined the antinociceptive effect of DHA on various pain stimuli. To evaluate the antinociceptive effect of DHA on thermal and chemical nociception, we employed the tail flick test, acetic acid writhing test and formalin test in mice. DHA was orally administrated at 5, 15 and 25 mmol/kg at 30 min before measurement. DHA administration dose-dependently exerted an antinociceptive effect against thermal and chemical stimulation in comparison to the control olive oil administration. These effects of DHA were abolished when mice were pretreated with naloxone, an opioid receptor antagonist. These findings suggest that DHA has opiod receptor-mediated pain control activities, and may provide valuable information towards an advanced therapeutic approach for pain control.

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