New Study: Vitamin D and Fish Oil Linked to Prevention of Cancer Death and Heart Attacks

fish oilIn a new study, vitamin D and omega-3 (fish oil) show promise in prevention of cancer death and heart attacks. The study involved 25,871 people in the U.S., who took part in this 5-year clinical research, VITamin D and OmegA-3 Trial (VITAL). Some participants took only vitamin D or fish oil; others took both; and some acted as the control by consuming neither supplement.

Although the results are mixed, they show promising outcomes in lowering the risk of cancer death and heart attacks. The findings showed that taking vitamin D was linked Continue reading “New Study: Vitamin D and Fish Oil Linked to Prevention of Cancer Death and Heart Attacks”

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New Studies: Fish Oil Reduces Heart Attacks

fish oilTwo studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine have found that healthy people who eat fish with omega-3s or take fish oil supplements suffer fewer heart attacks than people who do not have omega-3s in their diet.

One study called The Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial (VITAL) found that healthy people who took a fish oil supplement suffered fewer heart attacks, particularly if they were African American or did not regularly eat fish. The fish oil supplements reduced risk of heart attack by 28% over a 5-year follow-up period. Continue reading “New Studies: Fish Oil Reduces Heart Attacks”

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Media Hype Takes a Shot at Fish Oil

A study published earlier this week linking fish oil to prostate cancer has triggered a minor frenzy in the news media. In recent years, fish oil has been the proverbial “golden boy” of the supplement world, winning bout after bout and racking up benefits related to conditions from depression to heavyweights like cardiovascular disease. No surprise then that the moment a contender threatens the crown, the media is all over the opportunity to smear this truly valuable dietary component.

The study examined associations between blood omega-3 fatty acid levels and risk of prostate cancer in men. Men with higher blood levels of omega-3’s had a 71% higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer than men with lower blood levels. Study authors conclude that findings suggest that these blood fats are likely involved in prostate tumor development.

I know of no other single study for which the drawn conclusions have been more wrongly stretched, strengthened and extrapolated than this one. Media outlets twisted the result to mean that supplementing with fish oil and even eating fish could cause prostate cancer!

There are two pieces to the problem here.  Continue reading “Media Hype Takes a Shot at Fish Oil”

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New Study: Omega 3 Improves Function in Heart Failure Patients

A small study has shown that fish oil has benefits for heart failure patients. “Adding n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, even in patients that had a major improvement [on standard treatment], showed a further improvement in heart function and exercise capacity,” said study co-author Dr. Mihai Gheorghiade, a professor of cardiology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

This shows that even in patients who respond to therapy, “we can make them much better,” he added. “This opens the door for the potential of a natural therapy – so-called macronutrients – in the management of heart failure.”

For more about fish oil, contact Village Green Apothecary at 800-869-9159

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Support Your Immune System: Fish and Flax

Omega-3 fatty acids are good for almost every aspect of health. Abundant in cold water fish, it can also be found in flax and walnuts. Clinical studies have shown that omega-3s are especially supportive of healthy immune system function. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and help modulate the immune system. This means that people with Crohn’s, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, lupus, and colitis may benefit from a daily dose of this essential fatty acid.

If you have a hard time squeezing walnuts and flaxseeds into your diet, and if you aren’t a big fan of sardines and mackerel, an over-the-counter supplement may be what you need. The British Journal of Nutrition reported that doses as low as 600mg per day had a positive effect on the immune function of elderly subjects.  Most people can benefit from taking 1000mg per day. There are fish oil and flax sources available, for those who want a vegetarian version.

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