DHA

Taking EFA pays off for heart patients

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are widely believed to help prevent heart disease, and two recent studies show why. In a joint clinical study, US researchers explored the possible benefits of EFAs for patients with heart disease. In this study, 18 white males with a history of heart disease were randomized into two groups. The groups [...]

Taking EFA pays off for heart patients 2015-09-09T13:49:26+00:00

Is Omega-3 Anticancer? Study finds breast cancer benefits when combined with drug

Omega-3, the fatty acid found in oily fish, could be combined with a commonly used anesthetic to develop drugs to treat breast cancer, according to researchers. Compounds of omega-3 fatty acids and propofol reduce the ability of breast cancer cells to develop into malignant tumours, inhibiting cancer cell migration by 50% and significantly reducing their [...]

Is Omega-3 Anticancer? Study finds breast cancer benefits when combined with drug 2015-09-09T13:49:28+00:00

Help for Epilepsy? EFAs reduce seizure frequency

Scientists from England report that omega-3 fatty acid supplements may help epileptics reduce seizure frequency and help attenuate inflammation. “Animal studies and a preliminary clinical observation suggest that nutritional supplementation" with long chain omega-3 supplements "may be useful in the nonpharmacological treatment of patients with epilepsy," neurologists from University College London noted. "Omega-3 fatty acids [...]

Help for Epilepsy? EFAs reduce seizure frequency 2015-09-09T13:49:29+00:00

Vision Aid: Fatty acid shown to help eye disease

A healthy fat found in fish oil (docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA), may slow the rate of vision loss in people with an eye disease known as retinitis pigmentosa (RP). RP is a group of diseases that affect the retina, leading to night blindness, tunnel vision, and possible total blindness. DHA is necessary for proper vision [...]

Vision Aid: Fatty acid shown to help eye disease 2018-02-15T15:53:09+00:00

More Fish for Better Behaviour? Study links low omega-3s and hostility

Researchers report that adolescents who have a higher intake of fish oils tend to be less hostile than those who have a low intake. And since hostility has been shown to predict both the development and manifestation of coronary disease, fish oil may also reduce heart disease risk. Scientists from five different universities and institutes [...]

More Fish for Better Behaviour? Study links low omega-3s and hostility 2015-09-09T13:50:28+00:00

Smart Fats: brain food for all ages

The human brain is mostly fat, and good fat at that! To develop, grow and protect itself properly, the brain relies on us to give it a steady supply of this good fat, which cannot be made by the body but must come through the diet. However, most of us don’t give our brains enough [...]

Smart Fats: brain food for all ages 2015-09-09T13:50:29+00:00

Moms can lower kids’ diabetes risk

Cod liver oil is an important source of vitamin D and the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which aid in the prevention of type 1 diabetes. At Ulleval University Hospital in Norway, researchers investigated whether cod liver oil or other vitamin D supplements could reduce the risk of type [...]

Moms can lower kids’ diabetes risk 2015-09-09T13:50:30+00:00

Fish oils ease asthma symptoms

Asthma is one of the most common illnesses, affecting 13% of Canadians aged 5 to 19 years. Since the body uses the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) found in fish to produce anti-inflammatory compounds, it is believed that fish oils can benefit asthma sufferers. In fact, studies show that in populations eating large amounts [...]

Fish oils ease asthma symptoms 2015-09-09T13:50:31+00:00

Fish oils may improve behaviour

Adolescents who have a higher intake of fish oils tend to be less hostile than those who have a low intake, say researchers. And since hostility has been shown to predict heart disease, fish oil may also reduce heart disease risk. Scientists from across the US examined the association of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids [...]

Fish oils may improve behaviour 2015-09-09T13:50:32+00:00

Fatty Acids and Epilepsy: DHA levels often low in patients

Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial to the proper development and function of cell membranes in the brain. But one particular fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), is found at abnormally low levels in patients with uncontrolled epilepsy, according to researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The study was based on 41 persons with a common [...]

Fatty Acids and Epilepsy: DHA levels often low in patients 2018-02-15T15:53:23+00:00

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