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Mental health: the nutritional links

By | August 13th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Researchers in The Netherlands have discovered a link between nutrient deficiencies and schizophrenia. In a study on 61 schizophrenia patients, those not taking a daily multivitamin had low vitamin B12 and high homocysteine (a marker for heart disease). The majority had high levels of saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, but low levels of healthy omega-3 [...]

EFAs aid behaviour, language skills

By | August 13th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Taking a combination of high-EPA fish oil and evening primrose oil can improve the behaviour of rowdy kids and help language skills, say researchers from England. In a five-month trial, 65 children with behavioural problems were given the essential fatty acid (EFA) combination. They had a seven month delay in language skill development. “Children taking [...]

Omega fats prevent bone loss

By | July 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

The average North American gets too many omega-6 fatty acids and not enough omega-3 fatty acids, at a ratio of approximately 10:1. However, a much lower ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids —a ratio of 5:1 — is believed to promote cardiovascular health, improve memory and, as the following study published in the Journal [...]

ADHD: New research is promising

By | July 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) now affects between five and 10% of our school-aged children, most of them boys. It is characterized by hyperactivity, distractedness and difficulty with problem solving that can cause learning and behavioural problems in the classroom. The standard medical treatment for ADHD is Ritalin or similar amphetamine drugs. Because of the [...]

Help for Epilepsy? EFAs reduce seizure frequency

By | July 25th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 [...]

Good Fats Good for Prostate: Omega-3s appear to slow tumour growth

By | July 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Researchers investigating the role of fatty acids in the aggressiveness of early stage prostate cancer have found that higher concentrations of polyunsaturated fat, such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, were linked to less aggressive tumour growth. “Research has shown that populations with a low-fat diet have lower rates of prostate cancer, although studies about [...]

Depression Linked to Fats Ratio: Low omega-3, high omega-6 may be responsible

By | July 23rd, 2015|HNU Archive|

A group of researchers from Israel has discovered that rats exhibiting the signs of depression have increased levels of the omega-6 fatty acid, arachidonic acid, in their brains. There is also evidence that depression may be associated with a dietary deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids. This "phospholipid hypothesis" of depression has been supported by research [...]

Smart Fats: brain food for all ages

By | June 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 [...]

Schizophrenia Therapy: Omega-3s, antioxidants appear to help

By | June 13th, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

Many studies confirm the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for psychological disorders including depression, bipolar disorder and Alzheimer’s disease. Omega-3s are abundant in fish oils and flax seed oil. A new study suggests that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids, along with antioxidant vitamins, has benefits for patients with schizophrenia. Researchers from the National Chemical Laboratory [...]