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Omega-3 Supplements May Not Aid Aging Brain

Posted 13 Jun 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 13 – Taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements, such as fish oil capsules, doesn't seem to help older people maintain their brain health, researchers report. A number of studies have suggested that omega-3 fatty acids may help keep nerve cells in the brain healthy into old age, but there is limited evidence for the role of these fatty acids in preventing dementia or decreased mental abilities – known as "cognitive decline." To examine this issue more closely, Emma Sydenham and colleagues at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in England reviewed evidence from three studies that compared the effects of omega-3 fatty acids taken in capsules or margarine to the effects of placebo capsules with sunflower oil or olive oil, or regular margarine (the "control" group). The studies included a total of more than 3,500 people over the age of 60 and lasted between six and ... Read more

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Eating More Foods Rich in Omega-3s May Lower Alzheimer's Risk: Study

Posted 2 May 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 2 – Consuming foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may guard against Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. The finding stems from work conducted among roughly 1,200 dementia-free patients over the age of 65. All underwent blood tests to assess levels of a key Alzheimer's-associated protein after providing the study authors with a dietary breakdown dating back more than a year. "Past research has shown that, in this population, higher levels of the beta amyloid protein appear related to a higher risk for developing Alzheimer's disease," said study author Yian Gu, an associate research scientist with the Taub Institute for Research in Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University in New York City. "So we wanted to try and figure out if what we eat can affect these levels." "We considered only the omega-3 nutrient content in [study participants'] diets," ... Read more

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Fish Oil Doesn't Cut Failure Rate of Hemodialysis Grafts

Posted 1 May 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 1 – Taking fish-oil supplements does not significantly lower the failure rate of grafts used for hemodialysis, a new study finds. The study included about 200 North American kidney-failure patients with a synthetic tube grafted between an artery and a vein, which provides access to the bloodstream for hemodialysis, a process in which waste products are removed from the blood. The patients were randomly assigned to take fish-oil capsules or a placebo daily for one year, starting one week after the graft was created. During that time, there was no statistically significant difference between the two groups in the proportion of grafts that failed to remain open, according to researchers at the University of Toronto and Toronto General Hospital. Patients taking fish oil were less likely to develop blood clots, however, and went a longer time without developing blood clots. The ... Read more

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Study Explores Fish Oil's Healthy Effect on Heart

Posted 24 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 24 – A small new study may rule out one possible mechanism behind omega-3 fatty acids' healthy effects on the heart. It's been established that omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods such as fish oil, help prevent cardiovascular disease (conditions of the heart and blood vessels), as well as heart attacks and strokes in people who already have cardiovascular disease. The evidence is so strong that the American Heart Association recommends eating fish or taking fish oil as a preventive measure both for healthy people and cardiovascular-disease patients. The ways in which omega-3 fatty acids provide these heart-healthy benefits, however, aren't known. In the new study, researchers from the Penn State College of Medicine investigated if omega-3s might improve cardiac diastolic function – the ability of the heart to relax and refill with blood at each beat. This ability ... Read more

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Fish Oil Supplements Won't Help in Multiple Sclerosis: Study

Posted 16 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16 – Omega-3 fatty acid supplements don't appear to have any benefit on multiple sclerosis (MS), according a study by Norwegian researchers. Multiple sclerosis affects about 2.5 million people worldwide. Some prior research has indicated that omega-3 fatty acid supplements might have anti-inflammatory effects that could benefit those with the disease, according to background information in the study. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in cold-water fish, such as salmon, and in fish oil supplements. "Our study provides evidence that omega-3 supplementation has no beneficial effect on MS, neither given alone nor in combination with interferon treatment," said lead researcher Dr. Oivind Torkildsen, from Haukeland University Hospital, in Bergen. Interferon is a standard drug given to MS patients. "Our data do not suggest that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation was harmful or that ... Read more

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Omega-3 Supplements No Help Against Repeat Heart Trouble: Review

Posted 9 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 9 – Taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements won't protect against repeat heart attacks, strokes or other cardiovascular problems, a new analysis indicates. "I was not surprised at these findings because I assumed that there was no benefit of omega-3 supplements," said lead researcher Dr. Seung-Kwon Myung, chief of the carcinogenesis branch of the National Cancer Center, Republic of Korea. The study is published online April 9 in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Instead of taking supplements, people trying to prevent heart disease or repeat problems should eat oily fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel, which are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids, Myung said. "It is effective against cardiovascular disease to eat fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, not supplements," he said. Many studies have demonstrated that eating fatty fish two or more times a week is linked with a lower ... Read more

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Protect the Aging Brain

Posted 27 Feb 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 27 – Middle-aged and elderly adults who regularly eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may slow the mental decline that leads to dementia, according to a new study. Researchers found that people with the highest blood levels of these essential fatty acids – found in fish such as salmon and tuna – were more likely to perform well on tests of mental functioning and to experience less age-related brain shrinkage. "We feel fatty acid consumption exerts a beneficial effect on brain aging by promoting vascular health," said study lead author Dr. Zaldy Tan, an associate professor in the Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research and the division of geriatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles. This might include reducing blood pressure and inflammation, he added. Previous research linked dementia risk with the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in blood plasma, which ... Read more

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No Cancer Benefit From Vitamin B, Omega-3 Supplements in Heart Patients

Posted 13 Feb 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13 – Patients with a history of heart disease will most likely not reduce their risk for developing cancer by taking vitamin B and/or omega-3 fatty acid supplements, a new French analysis suggests. "In the population we studied, we found no beneficial effects of either B vitamins or omega-3 fatty acids taken over five years on cancer occurrence or cancer-related death," noted study author Valentina Andreeva, who is with the nutritional epidemiology research unit at the University of Paris XIII in Bobigny, France. Andreeva and her colleagues report their findings in the Feb. 13 online edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine. To explore the protective potential of B vitamins and fatty acid supplements, the authors did a secondary analysis of data that had been collected in a previous study involving almost 2,000 French men and 500 women. All were between 45 and 80 years ... Read more

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Diet Might Have Some Effect on ADHD

Posted 9 Jan 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 9 – There's limited evidence that any particular diet or supplement helps kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but at least some research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may help while fatty "Western-style" diets do these children no favors. Researchers from Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago reviewed previous studies on diets and supplements that have been tried in children with ADHD. Among the diets tested: restricting sugar, which some parents believe worsens hyperactivity; avoiding food containing additives and preservatives, known as the "Feingold diet"; an "elimination diet" that avoids foods most often implicated in food allergies; and supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil capsules. Little research supports the idea that sugar or artificial sweeteners affect children's behavior, according to the review. Nor is there ... Read more

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Vitamins, Omega-3s May Keep Brain From Shrinking: Study

Posted 28 Dec 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28 – Older adults with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B, C, D and E in their blood performed better on certain measures of thinking abilities, and also tended to have larger brain volume, a new study finds. Seniors with high levels of trans fats in their blood fared worse on certain thinking tests than those with lower levels of the unhealthy fats, and also had more brain shrinkage. Researchers said the findings suggest that nutrients work "in synergy" with one another to be protective of brain health. "For people with a vitamin profile high in B, C, D, E, those particular nutrients seem to be working together on some level," said lead study author Gene Bowman, an assistant professor in the department of neurology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. "Having high scores for those vitamins was associated with better cognitive function and ... Read more

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Fish May Cut Threat of Heart Disease in Young Women

Posted 5 Dec 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 5 – Eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as cod and salmon, may significantly lower a young woman's risk of developing heart disease, Danish researchers report. The researchers found that women of childbearing age who never ate fish had 50 percent more cardiovascular problems than women who ate fish often, and a 90 percent higher risk than women who ate fish weekly. "We found that even women who ate fish only a couple of times a month benefited," said lead researcher Marin Strom, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Fetal Programming at the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen. "Women who eat fish should find the results encouraging, but it is important to emphasize that to obtain the greatest benefit from fish and fish oils, women should follow the dietary recommendations to eat fish as a main meal at least twice a week," she said. However, the report, ... Read more

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Omega-3 Supplements Don't Help, May Hurt ICU Patients

Posted 5 Oct 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5 – Nutritional supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids or antioxidants don't help patients with severe lung problems in the intensive care unit, a new study indicates. According to the researchers, supplements may actually harm patients with pneumonia or sepsis. Patients given the supplements were on ventilators for more days, stayed in the intensive care unit (ICU) longer and were at a slightly higher risk of dying than their counterparts who didn't get supplements. "Not only did it not help, but it may be worse," said Dr. Todd W. Rice, lead author of a paper published online Oct. 5 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, to coincide with a presentation at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine meeting in Berlin. The trial was stopped early because the results were so disappointing. "Pharmaconutrition" has attracted increasing interest in ... Read more

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Prenatal Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements May Cut Babies' Colds

Posted 1 Aug 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 1 – When women take a supplement of the omega 3 fatty acid DHA during pregnancy, their babies have fewer cold symptoms and shorter illnesses, new research indicates. At 1 month and 3 months of age, about 38 percent of babies exposed to docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the womb experienced cold symptoms, compared to about 45 percent of the babies whose mothers were given a placebo supplement while they were pregnant. "The data suggested that for most of the symptoms we looked at, duration of symptoms was less when mothers received DHA. And, in the case of colds, the probability of a cold was slightly less. The effects seemed to be strongest early on after birth," said study senior author Usha Ramakrishnan, an associate professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. Ramakrishnan said it's probably too ... Read more

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help Heart Patients With Stents

Posted 26 May 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 26 – Combining omega-3 fatty acids with blood-thinning drugs may reduce the risk of heart attacks in patients who've had stents placed in their coronary arteries, a new European study suggests. While other research suggests that foods rich in omega-3s, including fatty fish such as salmon, help reduce the risk of heart problems in those with existing coronary artery disease, the new study is thought to be the first to look at the effect of the omega-3s on those treated with blood-thinning medications after stent placement. In people with heart disease, a stent is a small tube placed in a coronary artery to keep it open and to allow the normal flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. But if a blood clot forms at the stent site, it can block blood flow and result in life-threatening problems such as a heart attack. "Our results demonstrated improved clot properties and ... Read more

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Heart-Healthy Omega-3s Not Healthy for Prostate: Study

Posted 26 Apr 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 25 – High levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in the blood may be associated with an increased risk for developing aggressive prostate cancer, while elevated levels of unhealthy trans-fatty acids may lower the risk, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from a U.S.-wide study of more than 3,400 men, and found that those with the highest blood percentages of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) were two-and-a-half times more likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer than those with the lowest DHA levels. DHA is an inflammation-reducing omega-3 fatty acid commonly found in fatty fish. In the study, the men consumed the DHA primarily from fish rather than fish oil supplements. The study also found that the risk of aggresive prostate cancer was 50 percent lower in men with the highest blood levels of trans-fatty acids, which are abundant in processed foods and ... Read more

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