A small, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (2006; 163(6): 1098-100), looked at supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids and its
effect on childhood depression. The subjects of the study were 20 children between the ages of six and 12 suffering with depression. They were randomly assigned to receive either an omega-3 fatty acid supplement or a placebo. The children were evaluated using the Children’s Depression Rating Scale, the Children’s Depression Inventory and the Clinical Global Impression. Evaluations were taken at the beginning of the study and at weeks 2, 4, 8, 12 and 16. At the end of the study,
70% of the supplemented children showed at least a 50% reduction in depression scores.
I recommend EPA-DHA 720 from Metagenics or Xymogen’s Omega Pure 780EC. Both are tested to be free of dioxin and mercury. Quality is vital when choosing a fish oil product.
Omega 3 fish oils are part of a cardiovascular health program. Benefits include Blood Pressure; Lipids and Clotting; reducing inflammation of joints and skin; reducing back and neck pain;
support for mental health/behavior; support for the reduction of allergic-type response; glucose and insulin.
Every time your cells divide, a small portion of your DNA is lost. This is the section at the end of the chromosome, called the telomere. As you age, the telomere gets shorter and shorter. Finally, it disappears and the cell stops dividing and dies. Telomeres serve as a disposable buffer to protect chromosomes.
Physical aging occurs as more and more cells reach the end of their telomeres and die. As the process accelerates, your muscles get weaker, wrinkles appear and eyesight fades. Eventually the organs begin to fail and death occurs. Such is the nature of life.
Association of marine omega-3 fatty acid levels with telomeric aging in patients with coronary heart disease
– Researchers measured telomere length in leukocyes of 608 people with stable heart disease at the beginning of the stydy and again five years later.
– People who had the lowest blood levels of two key omega-3 fats, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexenoic acid (DHA), experienced the most rapid rate of telomere shortening during the study. In contrast, those with the highest blood levels of EPA and DHA had the slowest rate of telomere shortening.
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