I don’t care what you may have heard about taking fish oils in the media, I am definite about there positive health value. I find that the majority of my patients should take fish oil supplements.
Why Take Fish Oils
Three main reasons: 1) it benefits your brain 2) it benefits your heart 3) it benefits your joints. Omega-3s play a role in protection against Alzheimer’s Disease, depression, and cancer; can help with acne, arthritis, psoriasis and other skin conditions; and can also help with inflammatory bowel disorders. It’s linked with improved brain function. The evidence FOR IT IS JUST TOO GOOD!
If you have a history of heart problems, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high cholesterol, arthritis, chronic pain, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, skin problems, or asthma, then you should probably supplement. If you’re concerned because you don’t eat more than two servings of fish a week, you should supplement. If you eat a lot of fish, don’t eat processed foods, and eat pastured animals and eggs, you may not need to supplement.
About Fish Oil Supplements
Like any oil you want it to be fresh and pure. A good quality is about the type of fish, dosage, freshness, purity, and how natural it is. The best fish oils come from cold water fish. Look for oil that contains at least 60 percent Omega-3.
How Much to Take
The general consensus is that adults who don’t eat a lot of salmon, grass-fed beef, or other foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids and those who eat foods high in Omega 6 fatty acids (nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, and factory-farmed meats) should aim to get between two and four grams of EPA/DHA per day.
Which Fish Oil Should I Take? I recommend fish oil from Metagenics. I also recommendtrying Krill oil from Xymogen. Take either gel capsuleds or liquid (depending on your desire). I don’t get fish oil burps with these brands! Go to my home page and click on these brand links to order.
Omega-3 fatty acids may improve the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids and slow a key biological process linked to aging. Data published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity indicated that four months of supplementation with omega-3s was associated with longer telomeres in immune system cells. Telomeres are DNA sequences at the end of chromosomes that shorten as cells replicate and age.
The aging and lifespan of normal, healthy cells are linked to the so-called telomere shortening mechanism, which limits cells to a fixed number of divisions. During cell replication, the telomeres function by ensuring the cell’s chromosomes do not fuse with each other or rearrange. Most researchers liken telomeres to the ends of shoelaces, without which the lace would unravel. With each replication the telomeres shorten, and when the telomeres are totally consumed, the cells are destroyed.
Some experts have noted that telomere length may be a marker of biological aging.
This information suggests the possibility that omega 3 supplements might actually make a difference in aging.
A previous observational study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2010 (Vol. 303, Pages 250-257) showed high blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids may slow cellular aging in people with coronary heart disease.
Professor Kiecolt-Glaser and co-workers recruited 106 healthy, sedentary, overweight, middle-aged and older adults to participate in their double-blind four-month trial. Participants were randomly assigned to one of three groups: The first group received 2.5 grams per day of omega-3, the second group received 1.25 grams per day of omega-3 and the third group received placebo capsules.
After four months of supplementation, results showed that omega-3 supplementation significantly decreased measures of oxidative stress, with F2-isoprostane levels found to be 15% lower in the two supplemented groups compared to placebo.
There were no significant differences in telomerase and telomere length between the groups. However, a decreased ratio of omega-6:omega-3 was associated with longer telomeres, which suggested that lower omega-6:omega-3 ratios “can impact cell aging,” the researchers said.
Inflammatory markers also decreased by between 10% and 12% as a result of omega-3 supplementation, while levels increased by 36% in the placebo group.
“This finding strongly suggests that inflammation is what’s driving the changes in the telomeres,” said Kiecolt-Glaser.
Brain, Behavior, and Immunity; Published online ahead of print.
The question was “Should I take omega-3 fatty acids?”
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids: They are necessary for human health but the body cannot produce them — it has to get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. They also have become popular because they may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. In fact, infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems. Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.
I recommend EPA-DHA 720 by Metagenics.
I’ve been taking glucosamine and chondroitin for a year and I don’t see any changes in my knee, back & hip pain. Do you recommend any other supplements for my joint pain?
If you have been taking at least 1500 mg per day of those supplements, it’s time for a change. I’ve had good results with clients using UltraInflamX Plus 360 by Metagenics. They use 2 scoops twice daily in a shake. I also use EPA-DHA 720 by Metagenics. I dose them high, often at 3-6 grams daily. In addition, I see good results with Kaprex by Metagenics. The dose is usually 2 gel caps in the morning and 2 at night.
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This is the list of nutrients that are known to be related to Alzheimers Disease:
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamin B complex
- Niacin (vitamin B3)
- Vitamins C & E
Research has linked all of these nutrients to Alzheimer’s risk. Subjects in the studies were either at higher AD risk because nutrient levels were too low (as in the case of DHA –-an omega-3 fatty acid), or subjects were at lower risk because nutrient levels were very high (as with vitamins B3, C and E).
In addition, following a strict Mediterranean diet helps prevent dementia as well as silent strokes that damage the brain without causing symptoms.
Eat well. Get regular exercise. Preventing Alzheimer’s might not be as simple as that, but it’s a perfect place to start.
I recommend EPA-DHA 720 omega 3 fish oils by Metagenics. Order at www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com The important thing is the dose. Email me off list for the dose.