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14 Benefits of Fish Oil for all around health:

1. Cell membrane health: EPA and DHA insure that cell membranes remain healthy. This means that the membranes are flexible and contain larger numbers of insulin receptors that are more receptive and responsive to circulating insulin. This results in decreased fat storage in the adipocytes (fat cells).

2. Fish oils turn on the lipolytic genes (fat burning genes).

3. Fish oils turn off the lipogenic genes (fat storage genes).

4. Fish oils diminish C-reactive proteins, a newly identified risk factor associated with various inflammatory diseases, including atherosclerosis, angina, coronary heart disease, heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, and diabetes. The DHA fraction of the fish oil seems to be one most responsible for that protective effect. DHA also has the best ability to reduce blood pressure.

5. Increase utilization of fat stores from the adipocytes.

6. Preferential utilization for energy production once stored in the adipocytes.

7. Reduced inflammation.

8. Pain management from the reduced inflammation.

9. EPA regulates blood supply to the brain which is essential in maintaining focus. DHA is important in brain membranes, memory, and cognitive function.

10. Fish oils increase serotonin levels (the happy neurotransmitter). Therefore, fish oils will decrease incidence of depression, anxiety, panic attack, and reduce carbohydrate cravings.

11. Fish oils will improve your cardiovascular risk profile by lowering VLDL, triglycerides, homocysteine, fibrinogen, and increasing HDL levels. Combining fish oils with plant sterols will improve lipid levels even more than either alone.

12. Fish oils can also decrease blood pressure by several mechanisms. These include increases in the vasodilatory compound, nitric oxide, reducing vascular inflammation, blocking the constrictive elements in the vascular wall such as the calcium channels reducing blood viscosity, and inhibiting a blood vessel constrictor (thromboxane). Lipoprotein (a) is another CVD predictor that can be lowered by fish oils (a 19% reduction was seen with natural, stable fish oils and just 4% with a highly purified fish oil).

13. Fish oils are a great stress fighter. Supplementation with n-3 fatty acids inhibits the adrenal activation of steroids, aldosterone, epinephrine, and norepinephrine (catecholamines) elicited by a mental stress, apparently through effects exerted at the level of the central nervous system. Therefore, for the same amount of stress, one will produce fewer stress hormones if consuming fish oils on a regular basis.

14. Turns off fat cell production temporarily

source: Charles Poliquin

Footnote: Do not purchase any fish oils from the liver, such as Cod Liver Oil, the liver is the filtration system of the fish, just like our liver works in us and it may contain harmful substances.
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Why Essential Fatty Acids are "Essential"
By Alan Josephs, M.D.
Board Certified Neurologist and Internist

Have you ever been in a situation when for a brief period of time, you could not remember the name of someone or a phone number? That happens to all of us on occasion. However, when you start forgetting appointments, having difficulty balancing your checkbook or repeatedly ask your family or friends the same question, this could be the sign of something serious. It might be an early sign of Dementia--a devastating condition.

As a neurologist I deal with these types of patients on a daily basis. Unlike other diseases, it gradually saps you of your memory, thinking ability and even your personality. In the end stages of dementia, patients become incontinent, no longer bother with washing or routine hygiene, have forgotten how to do most simple daily tasks of daily living and, in the more severe stages, no longer recognize family members.

There are various forms of dementia, the most common being that of Alzheimer's disease. Although it has been said that there are 4 million people in the United States with Alzheimer's disease, I suspect that this number may be underestimated. The statistics indicate that if you reach the age of 85, there is a 50% likelihood that you will develop Alzheimer's disease. The numbers are even higher where there is a family history of Alzheimer's disease.

The standard medical treatment for this condition remains generally poor. The medications treat only one neurotransmitter in the brain and, at best, only slow down the progression of the disease. I have always been a big proponent that the best way to treat a chronic illness is to prevent it. This is especially true when it comes to Alzheimer's disease.

The entire topic of Alzheimer's disease is beyond the scope of this newsletter. As previously indicated in other newsletters, I do like to touch upon one or two major points that can provide the readers with some useful information.

In the July issue of the Archives of Neurology, researchers out of Chicago performed a prospective study on 815 residents between the ages of 65 and 94 that were initially unaffected by Alzheimer's disease. This study was conducted between the years of 1993 through 2000. These individuals were followed for the next few years. A total of 131 participants subsequently developed Alzheimer's disease. It was found that those individuals who consumed fish once per week or more had a 60% reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease compared to those who rarely or never eat fish. In addition, intake of DHA (omega-3 essential fatty acid) was associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease. Interestingly, EPA, a primary omega-3 fatty acid component of fish, was not associated with a reduced incidence of Alzheimer's disease. The results of this study are not surprising. There have been multiple animal studies in medical literature indicating that those animals treated with supplemental omega-3 fatty acids performed better in mazes and showed overall improvement in brain function. The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids have also been demonstrated to carry over into offspring.

In a randomized, double-blinded placebo-controlled study reported in the journal Pediatrics in January 2003, pregnant women were given supplementation of omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA). The children of those women who were given supplemental EFA showed an increased IQ over children born to mothers who were not given supplemental EFA. DHA is a key contributor to good brain health.

More than half of the brain consists of fats, with most of it being DHA. DHA is essential to the brain's synapses where nerve impulses pass between neurons, and to the neuron's energy-producing mitochondria. Brain cells need adequate levels of DHA; otherwise they are unable to function optimally as a result of being forced to use inferior fats. In infants and young children, DHA plays a critical role in brain development. Low levels of DHA are associated with increased risk of memory loss.

Studies show that people with low levels are more likely to develop dementia and other cognitive disorders. One study in Canada found that elderly people suffering from Alzheimer's and other cognitive impairment had lower DHA levels than elderly people with normal cognitive function.

Low levels of DHA have also been linked to psychological disorders including depression. Studies suggest that some patients with these disorders may not be able to metabolize certain fats. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted at the Harvard Medical School found that patients with manic-depression that were taking omega-3 supplements had no symptoms for a longer period of time versus the patients taking the placebo. It has also been suggested that the high consumption of "bad" fats such as saturated fats and trans fatty acids (e.g., margarine) may play a role in psychological disorders. One big concern is the link between low levels of omega-3 fatty acids and child behavior and development.

Unfortunately, one major problem when taking supplemental fish oil and eating fish is the potential for ingesting mercury and other toxic contaminants.

An article recently appeared in The New York Times indicating that in multiple samples of farmed salmon bought on both the east and west coasts had fish contaminated with PCBs. The farmed salmon, which accounts for about 60% of all salmon consumed in the United States, are fed ground up small fish that tend to have high concentrations of PCBs. PCBs are considered highly toxic, cancer causing and may impair fetal brain development. I found it gratifying when the White House recently issued a directive to encourage higher consumption of omega-3 fatty acids in an attempt to reduce disease rates in the population. Although omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA) are extremely important for brain function and healthy heart function, choosing the right EFA is vitally important.

Nutraceutical Sciences Institute offers an EFA supplement formulated using molecularly distilled fresh, deep sea, cold water fish body oils - not fish liver oils. [Offered through this site: see Wholesale Vitamins] The product is ultra distilled and contains no heavy metals or PCBs. Each softgel is less than half the size of many other brands, which make it easy to swallow, and has a pleasant strawberry scent. NSI's EFA contains 400 mg of active omega 3 fatty acids, of which 250 mg is DHA. Most other fish oil products are not as concentrated and pure. They are hard to swallow, have a fish odor and only have 120 mg of DHA. For people that cannot swallow the small NSI EFA softgel, we now offer a pleasant orange flavored omega-3 cream Coromega option.

In last week's newsletter I happily announced that my daughter gave birth to our first grandchild. Thus far the baby is doing extremely well and seems quite alert and active. My daughter did take, at my insistence, two NSI EFA softgels daily throughout her pregnancy. She recently asked me if she should continue and I have strongly encouraged her to do so, as she is breastfeeding. I explained to her that a developing baby's brain is almost entirely fat and consuming the proper fats can be critically important in optimizing overall brain function. So whether you are 85, 35 or have a child in preschool, it is never too early or too late to start supplementing your diet with EFA.

By Alan Josephs, M.D.
Board Certified Neurologist and Internist
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 Post subject: Re: Benefits of Fish Oil
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Omega-3 EFAs are beneficial for:

Allergies
Cardiovascular Health
Nerve Problems
Cholesterol Control
Circulatory Health
Weight Management
Eczema
Vision
Immune Deficiencies
Osteo-Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Viral Illness
Reduce Risk of Skin Cancer
Learning Difficulties




Omega-6 EFAs are beneficial for:

Acne
Cardiovascular Health
Allergies
Dehydration
Dry Skin
Fatigue
Food Sensitivity
Immune Deficiencies
Liver Health
Mood Swings
Osteoarthritis
PMS
Weight Management

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Fish oil increases longevity, mental health, skin health, reduce inflammation, muscle health, blood and heart health, immune system health, and weight loss. It's basically the most incredible thing ever discovered.

Remember 1g = 1 pill. Some experts say you cannot over do fish oil, please check w/ your LLMD as to what doseage is best for you.

Fish oil facts:

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• Since asthma, like heart disease, is also a disease characterized by inflammation, functional fatty acids could help.

• FFA help improve digestion and elimination.

• FFA may help increase sex drive.

• FFA can help in the treatment of dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain).

• Omega-3s in fish oil protect the eye from two serious eye diseases: age-related macular degeneration and dry-eye syndrome.

• FFA have been shown to prevent heart damage caused by smog.

• FFA may help boost the immune system.

• FFA supplements were found to protect the skin from harmful UV rays and reduce sunburn.


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• Some recent research has shown that taking a daily fatty acid supplement may boost the effectiveness (or even replace) antidepressants in some people. Depressed people who added omega-3s to their treatment showed less anxiety, fewer sleeping problems, less overall sadness, and fewer sexual problems.

• Even for non-depressed people, FFA may offer mood elevating properties.

• Other research has shown that a daily dose of FFA can dramatically improve the behavior of unruly children and help develop their concentration and language skills.

• FFA have been shown to reduce tension and stress in adults.

• The "mood stabilizing" effects have such potential that omega-3s have been used in the treatment of bipolar disorder.

• After seeing some hopeful results, researchers are now studying how FFA can be used in the treatment of postpartum depression and in the recovery process of meth addicts.

• FFA may help improve memory.

• FFA may also help in the treatment of Alzheimer's, ADHD, and autism.

• Researchers in Scotland have found that people who take FFA score 13% higher on IQ tests.


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Omega-3 fatty acids make the blood less likely to form clots that cause heart attacks. They can also protect against irregular heartbeats that cause sudden cardiac death. Omega-3s can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease through these mechanisms too: decreased triglyceride levels, decreased growth of atherosclerotic plaque, improved arterial health, and lower blood pressure.


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What about the Grim Reaper's other favorite henchman, cancer? Well, omega-3s might be able to zap existing cancer cells by starving them of linoleic acid. They can also upregulate the genetic material necessary for the destruction of cancer cells andblock adhesion of cancer cells to other healthy cells.


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The people who replaced fats in their diet with fish oil lost 2 pounds over three weeks while the non-fish oil group lost 0.7 pounds. That may not seem like a lot at first but you need to consider that these people didn't do anything different except for replacing fat in their diet with fish oil — they didn't exercise and they were on a high carbohydrate diet.



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Not only does fish oil feeding actually improve antioxidant enzyme activity and reduce reactive species in rodent research (18), but it has other effects. Aside from the pro-oxidation theory of ageing, there are other things to consider... things that are improved by DHA.

Inflammation is so strongly implicated in ageing that the term "inflamm-aging" has been coined.(24) And we all know how anti-inflammatory DHA can be. The benefits range beyond just prostaglandins and cytokines. So you see, whether or not fish oils are a bane or a boon regarding pro-oxidative effects, this anti-inflammatory effect should be doubly interesting to heavy weight slinging, tendonitis-enduring, osteoarthritic, chow hound strength athletes that may also want to age more slowly and maybe even prolong their careers.

Carefully chosen fatty acid intake has also been linked to improved glucose tolerance — a state that's rather contrary to our longevity concerns regarding elevated insulin and glycolysis. New data suggest a greater flux of ingested carb (blood glucose) toward glycogen (7), which bodes well for less immediate glycolysis or lipogenesis.

Finally, fish oils have been shown in the past to increase muscle lipoprotein lipase (LPL), an enzyme that's responsible for cellular uptake of circulating fat. Adipose tissue LPL apparently is not granted such an increase.(3, 10)


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Data from the University of Western Ontario shows that fish oil supplementation increases lean body mass (during non-dieting conditions), increases BMR (by up to 400kcal/day), decreases inflammation, and improves the ratio of fat/carb oxidized (sparing carbs, burning fat).


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Another interesting hypothesis is that fish oil can positively impact Leptin concentrations and Leptin action. While all of the current data is in rats, it appears that dietary fish oil can acutely increase plasma Leptin concentrations, increasing metabolic rate and decreasing hunger.

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From Public Health Alert

Nature's Safest Most Effective Anti-Inflammatory: FISH OIL

by Marjorie Tietjen

A book review:


Title: Nature's Safest Most Effective Anti-Inflammatory: FISH OIL

Authors: Joseph C. Maroon, M.D., and Jeffrey Bost, P.A.C.

ISBN: 13:978-1-59120-182-3

Chronic inflammation, in its many expressions, is one of the main causes of physical suffering in our modern society. In their book ....Nature's Safest Most Effective Anti-Inflammatory: FISH OIL, the authors, Maroon and Bost, thoroughly explain how certain deficiencies in our diet may be at the root of our emerging epidemic of inflammation. The title of this book points to what just may be one of the best preventatives and remedies for this increasing problem.


The authors explain that in many instances inflammation is normal and provides a protective function. However, I would like to include a quote, from page 1, which expresses the down side of inflammation. "But the news on inflammation is not all good. Although it helps the body protect and heal itself, over the long term inflammation can produce chronic pain, breakdown of cartilage and muscle, and increased blood clotting, and it may cause genetic changes leading to various cancers. In fact, recent medical research now confirms that the root cause of many chronic diseases, ranging from arthritis, heart disease, and cancer to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, asthma, eczema, and depression, is inflammation."


This book goes into depth concerning the different types of fatty acids and how we must try and achieve the proper balance between them. Increasing the amount of fish oil in our diet helps us to gain this balance. The authors discuss studies which show that omega 3 fatty acids (fish oils being the most reliable source) are very effective in blunting or preventing the inflammatory response. When the inflammatory response is lessened or eliminated, this can prevent progression into degenerative disease.
Maroon and Bost share information with us involving the role of inflammation in numerous diseases and explain how fish oil can help in the following conditions. Some of the medical problems included are: Heart disease, Diabetes, Autoimmune illnesses, ADD, Alzheimer's, Autism, and Cancer.


Another important subject discussed, was the dangers of anti-inflammatory drugs compared to the safety of fish oils. It is so important for us to try to regain balance through using natural substances rather than to add a drug to an already struggling system. Our bodies can become inflamed due to different imbalances; lack of omega 3 oils being one of them. Adding drugs will certainly promote this imbalance while only covering up the symptoms. We need to find the different causes of inflammation and treat those causes. It would also be very important to determine if there are any latent viruses or bacteria at the root of the inflammatory problems.


The authors mention normal fish oil dosages and the amounts recommended for specific conditions, such as pregnancy. They tell us to be sure our oils are fresh and that we don't want them to smell fishy. This is an indication that the oil has become rancid. When we consume rancid oils, this can do more harm than good.


Because vitamin D is an oil soluble vitamin, this means that it can accumulate to toxic levels in the body. One of our main sources of vitamin D is the sun. For this reason it is suggested that cod liver oil ( also a good source of vitamin D) be consumed in the winter months when our exposure to the sun is minimal. In the warmer months, when we are saturated with sunshine, it is suggested that we consume other fish oils which are not rich in vitamin D, but which still contain plenty of the omega 3 oils which we require.


In our modern polluted society, fish have accumulated many toxic heavy metals. It is for this reason the authors suggest that we consume a minimal amount of fresh fish. It is thought that a better alternative is purified fish oil. When fish oil is purified the heavy metals are removed. When we do eat fish we need to be aware of what types contain the most omega 3 oils....and how to prepare these fish. A quote from page 51 helps us out concerning this issue.


"Herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, trout and blue fin and albacore (white) tuna contain the highest amounts of omega 3 EFA's. The method of preparation is also important. If these fish are cooked under high heat, the amount of EFAs they contain is seriously affected; deep fried fish, for example, usually only has tiny amounts of Omega-3EFAs, because the frying process transforms the polyunsaturated fatty acids into trans or saturated fatty acids."


While this book may be a bit "scientific" for some folks, it is certainly understandable and is packed with very valuable information, which is scientifically backed. We have come a long way from a natural balanced diet and our nation's poor health is a reflection of this imbalance. We desperately need to understand the basic causes of our ill health and the authors of this book have made a valuable contribution towards this end.

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