Omega-3 & Fish Oil

EWG’s Consumer Guide to Seafood

I often talk about the importance of eating fish high in omega-3. And I also recommend that fish high in mercury be avoided. To optimize omega-3 intake and also minimize mercury intake, there are three main fish that I have recommended over the years: salmon, sardines, and herring. If you don’t happen to like these three fish, you are not…

Fish Oil Supplementation Favorably Alters Markers of Vascular Function

Endothelial dysfunction (dysfunction of the endothelium, or the inner lining of the arteries), involves damage to the artery lining that triggers inflammation and the development of lesions characteristic of atherosclerosis, the accumulation of plaque buildup in the arteries. Endothelial dysfunction (ED) occurs very early and throughout the atherosclerotic process. ED indicates an imbalance between endothelial damage and repair, which can…

Omega-3 Supplementation Improves Behavior Problems in Children

Antisocial personality disorder is a mental disorder in which the individual often lacks empathy and tends to be callous, cynical, and contemptuous of feelings, rights, and sufferings of others. Poor nutritional status during pregnancy has been linked to the development of antisocial personality disorder in adulthood.1 Poor nutrition is a possible risk factor for the development of antisocial behavior due…

Regular Fish Oil Use Linked to Better Brain

I regularly blog about the brain benefits of fish oil because the science behind them is so extensive and I want to pass the knowledge on to others. When you have the knowledge to heal your body, you become your own health advocate, and you realize how much power you have to change your health. In yet another study highlighting…

Drink Too Much? Fish Oil May Help Offset Damage

Long-term heavy use of alcohol can lead to brain damage and increased risks of dementia, so the search is on for treatments that offset this damage. In a recent study published in the Public Library of Sciences ONE journal, researchers tested the effects of fish oil on brain cells exposed to high levels of alcohol. The fish oil was found…

Omega-3 Joint Benefits for Osteoarthritis

You may have heard that omega-3 fats are good for your joints—and you’re right, particularly when it comes to inflammation. Most studies investigating omega-3 for joint health have looked at rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints. Omega-3 supplementation has been shown to reduce the need for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and reduce symptoms and inflammation…

Omega-3 DHA Improves Periodontal Health

Omega-3 fatty acids are most widely known for their heart and brain benefits. Taking an omega-3 supplement high in EPA and DHA every day can protect against heart disease and improve brain health, certainly, but you might not realize that these healthy fats are also good for your gums—DHA in particular. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, affects up to 50…

Seafood Intake, Mercury, and Cognitive Function

We have all heard about the nutritional benefits of fish, especially those fish high in beneficial omega-3 fats. But a diet high in fish has one often-overlooked downfall—mercury exposure. Mercury is a heavy metal that accumulates in fish up the food chain. Small fish are eaten by medium-sized fish, which are then eaten by large fish, all the while mercury…

Diet & Sleep Habits Linked to Inflammation – 4 Important Diet Tips

Clinical studies continue to link chronic, low-grade inflammation—also known as silent inflammation—with a growing number of health conditions and diseases. Because it can be present without being felt, this type of inflammation is particularly dangerous and can be harmful to the body over time. Recently, a team of scientists from Texas A&M University found a link between our internal “body…