If you listen to our docs long enough you will note that a very common theme in our office is “take your Omega 3’s, they pretty much have some benefit for everyone”. With the new information presented in the YouTube video embedded above, the University of Waterloo has again helped the public health world proving more of what we already suspected. In this case, some fairly new research has shown that Omega 3 supplementation in expecting mothers greatly reduces the prevalence of childhood asthma down the road. Here at the office our docs fairly reguarly, if not daily take Clincal Omega 3’s from Anabolic Labs due to a handful of reasons.
So why should most of us who CAN take Omega 3’s take a HIGH QUALITY Fish Oil supplement?
First off, one of the very few preventative suggestions for possibly avoiding or preventing the amyloid plaques present in Alzheimer’s is DHA supplementation (one of the two most important contents inside a HIGH QUALITY FISH Oil supplement) Look at the statement below,
From the NIA Website:
“Some scientists have focused on DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid found in salmon and certain other fish. Studies in mice specially bred to have features of Alzheimer’s disease found that DHA reduces beta-amyloid plaques, abnormal protein deposits in the brain that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s. Although a clinical trial of DHA showed no impact on people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, it is possible that DHA supplements could be effective if started before cognitive symptoms appear.”
Moving on, there is a growing body of evidence that when expecting mothers should supplement regularly with DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid found in salmon and other cold water fish and measured accurately in all high quality supplements, good things happen for the babies in those pregnancies.
From a research paper published in the journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology stated the following:
“Recommendations: There is little doubt that pregnant women need at least as many omega- 3 fatty acids as nonpregnant women, and likely need more DHA. The recommendations for dietary omega-3 fatty acids should be adopted at the onset of pregnancy, but there may be benefits for all women who are considering becoming pregnant. Given concerns for mercury toxicity with overconsumption of certain fish, in order to meet these recommendations, pregnant women will need to consume omega-3 fatty acids from 3 sources: vegetable oils, 2 servings of seafood per week, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements containing EPA and DHA or DHA alone. Intake of omega-6-rich oils found in sunflower, corn, and cottonseed oils should be minimized because they are converted to substrates that compete with EPA. Pregnant women should reduce their intake of these oils and substitute others that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids like flaxseed, canola, and soybean oil.”
One of the best, concise, medically referenced uses of Omega 3 information is located at the University of Maryland Medical Center hosted at UMM.edu, some of the topics covered on this site are high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), osteporosis, depression, as well as others.
The following is taken from the UMM.edu supplementation of Omega 3’s website:
“Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. In fact, infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems. Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.”
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