Tag: DHA

Omega-3 Supplements Reduce Cigarette Cravings

Cigarette smoking causes almost half a million deaths each year in the United States alone. One in every five deaths in this country are attributed to smoking. Smokers are more likely to develop heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer than are nonsmokers. And smoking is responsible for one-third of cancer deaths in the United States. With all these scary statistics,…

Fish Intake Linked to Better Antidepressant Response

The mental health benefits of high fish intake are well known, particularly when it comes to fatty fish high in the omega-3s EPA and DHA. For this reason, some researchers have investigated the effects of fish and fish oil intake on mental health conditions, including depression. The main medication to treat depression—selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)—does not work in about…

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…

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 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…

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…

US Adults Not Getting Enough Omega-3

The protective effects of omega-3 fats against heart disease are well known. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends healthy people consume a minimum of two servings of seafood (oily fish are preferred) per week, to provide an average 250 mg per day of EPA and DHA. They recommend supplementation with 1 gram EPA + DHA daily for people with…

Omega-3s Wrongly Blamed for Being Ineffective

In a recent meta-analysis published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers selected 72 individual studies on the effects of polyunsaturated and saturated fats on coronary disease (heart disease).1 They concluded, “Current evidence does not clearly support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats.” As you can imagine, the…

Omega-3 Supplements Reach the Brain in People with Alzheimer’s

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements have been found to increase the amount of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in spinal fluid from the central nervous system of people with Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting that these beneficial fatty acids cross the blood brain barrier, according to a new study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. Previous studies have found that…