Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, December 11, 2013 by Bill Sardi (OMNS Dec 11, 2013) Just seven months ago National Eye Institute researchers claimed fish oil “doesn’t seem to help macular degeneration,” (1) a sight-robbing eye disease that plagues adults in their senior years.
Fish oil supplements and regular exercise both reduce body fat and improve cardiovascular health. Could combining the two work better than either one alone? “Only two studies have previously investigated these two interventions in combination,” says Professor Peter R.C. Howe, director of the Nutritional Physiology Research Center, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, and supervising author of the new study. But because of the study design it wasn’t clear whether this combined intervention effectively reduced cardiovascular risk and improved body composition in overweight participants.
As you will see from the article below, which I feel is really well summed up by Dr Daniel Weber (Australia), the whole thing is a farce really. I have written about this in my newsletter and this article will be included later. The so-called ‘Study’ on Prostate Cancer Implicating Omega-3: Comment from Daniel Weber: “As you may be aware, an article (below) published in the July 2013 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests there are associations between elevated plasma omega-3 fatty acid levels and a heightened risk of prostate cancer.
NEVER TAKE FLAXSEED OIL IN PREGNANCY – FISH OIL IS SUPERIOR A newsletter of mine a while ago warned of the dangers of flaxseed oil in pregnancy – here’s a new reminder. Flaxseed oil does have omega-3 in it (but in the form of ALA, not the required DHA and EPA) and is preferred by some people however some doctors say flaxseed oil should not be taken by pregnant women. The reason is that flax seed, like soy or even more so, seems to have an effect on estrogen and hormones and might interfere with your body during pregnancy. Ask your doctor.
Krill oil is beneficial to take (if you can afford it in the right huge dosages), and certainly better than any plant-based oil. However it is not a viable alternative to Omega-3 fish oil for a number of reasons: The level of DHA is extremely low at only 9% compared to over 40% in fish oil. It is no purer than fish oil because of the purifying process used in pharmaceutical grade or ultra- refined fish oil. The fish used comes from the very same “pristine waters” spoken of in their marketing, and very small fish are used, which have virtually no contaminants – all of which are removed anyway.
Introduction There is no question that one of the major advances in nutritional medicine has been the introduction of highly purified fish oil products. Very sophisticated distillation and filtration processes can now eliminate virtually all of the toxic compounds such as mercury, lead, and pesticides from crude fish oil. There are several different methods to “molecularly distill” crude fish oil into these purified forms. To say a fish oil is molecularly distilled has become synonymous with the highest quality in the mind of many consumers, but the term really does little to assign quality any more than the term automobile tells a consumer the difference between a high priced luxury.
BETHESDA, MARYLAND. There is considerable evidence that fish and fish oils are beneficial to heart health, reduce the risk of cancer, and benefit mental health. The “active” components of fish oils are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), a polyunsaturated fatty acid with 20 carbon atoms in its backbone, and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a polyunsaturated fatty acid with 22 carbon atoms. Both are members of the omega-3 group of essential fatty acids. EPA and DHA are found exclusively in marine animals; fatty fish such as herring, sardines, salmon and fresh tuna are the best sources.
If there is one supplement that we can all benefit from, it would have to be Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil. Eskimo people have proven this over the ages with their diet comprising of over 50% of their total calorie intake from fish and fish oil – which is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vitamin A. The interesting thing about the Eskimo people is that they enjoy good health with no cardiovascular diseases or cholesterol concerns.
In order to represent itself as pharmaceutical grade a fish oil product must possess the following characteristics: It must be manufactured in a certified good manufacturing process (GMP) facility approved for pharmaceutical products.
Taking fish oil supplements when pregnant could protect our offspring from developing allergies, suggests new research from an Australian team. Allergic diseases such as asthma have dramatically increased in Western countries over the last 20 to 30 years, often attributed to changes in lifestyle, such as diet. The researchers theorized that the Western world tends to eat much less oily fish.