(Natural News) New Zealand researchers have found that pregnant mice who took fresh fish oil protected their offspring from developing diabetes later on in life. Pups born to mothers whose diets included omega-3 fatty acids were observed to have higher levels of insulin resistance — a good indication, the team said, of a reduced diabetes risk. Still, the Auckland team noted that these findings need to be confirmed among human mothers. Pregnant women should still source their fish oil from fatty fish, they recommend. The results of the study, which were published in Scientific Reports , investigated the potential omega-3 found in fish oil supplements had on diabetes risk and other obesity-related diseases. The team was particularly interested in the hypothesized effects the fatty acids had on babies. For the purpose of the study, researchers fed pregnant rats either a high-fat diet to make them overweight, or a standard diet. Fresh fish oil was given to half of the rats … [Read more...] about Fish oil supplements during pregnancy found to reduce diabetes risk in offspring
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1) from the diet, and many Americans fail to get the right balance of omega-3s and omega-6s. The Standard American Diet is a key factor in this imbalance because the average American consumes too many foods high in omega-6s such as fried foods, fast foods, meats, dairy, and vegetable oils, and not enough omega-3s. What type of omega-3 fatty acids should be a part of the diet? Among the main sources of omega-3s are flaxseeds and flaxseed oil, and fish and fish oil. When it comes to flaxseed oil vs. fish oil, which omega-3 source is best? Flaxseed oil and fish oil contain different types of omega-3 fatty acids, so they each have different effects on the body. Fish and fish oil contain omega-3s known as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). On the other hand, flaxseed and flaxseed oil contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) (2). The human body does not make EPA, DHA, or ALA, so we have to get these nutrients from our diets. There are pros and cons to taking both … [Read more...] about Flaxseed Oil vs. Fish Oil: Which is the Best Omega-3 Source?
Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and has been known to improve cognitive abilities and protect the heart—but do you know about the amazing benefits fish oil has for the joints in the body? In 2009, a study was published in the Italian journal La Clinica Terapeutica and it indicated that omega-3 fatty acids can improve symptoms that are associated with rheumatoid arthritis (which causes joint inflammation and pain in the knees, feet, hands, and hips) and reduces the need for pain medication. And you don’t have to be an athlete to receive these benefits—seniors who enjoy walking as a way to keep healthy will also find the reduced pain and inflammation beneficial while exercising. • Decreases inflammation: Inflammation is just one of the symptoms of arthritis—inflammation can also occur if you sprain your knee, stretch it incorrectly, or even dislocate it. Inflammation makes it extremely difficult to bend the knee, and research shows that consuming … [Read more...] about Take Fish Oil to Help Maintain Your Joints
Chicago, IL May 1, 2014 Aqua Health Labs, a Chicago based nutritional supplement company, is taking direct aim at the Omega-3 essential fatty acid (EFA) supplement market currently dominated by processed fish oils. Launched in late 2013, the company’s flagship product PhytOriginal is the only EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid, an essential fatty acid) supplement on the market today containing live marine phytoplankton. Abundant scientific evidence demonstrates the health benefits of essential fatty acids, including improved cardiovascular health, lower cholesterol and reduced joint pain. The American Heart Association recommends meeting our need for EFA by eating a 3.5 oz serving of fatty fish at least twice a week, which while preferable from a nutrition standpoint is for many people not a practical or affordable option. Additionally, individuals with coronary artery disease or high triglycerides may not be able to get enough EFA through diet alone. The solution is EFA … [Read more...] about Sustainable Alternative EPA Supplement Targets Billion Dollar Fish Oil Market
So what’s in your fish oil? Is it made with Chinese fish oil? And why does the bottle not say ‘Made in China’ if the fish oil pills were made in China? It’s easy for supplement companies to find loopholes in labeling rules. And most do. In all my years in the dietary supplement industry, I have never heard of any supplement company getting in trouble for country-of-origin issues. 80 year old regulations The laws governing country-of-origin declaration is 80 years old. It was put in place when Herbert Hoover was in the White House and when China was a poor farming society. Things have changed. Regardless, the law says where ever the products underwent ‘substantial transformation’ is the country of origin. That’s a loophole big enough to drive a Hummer through. Theoretically, if the pills inside the bottle cost $2, and the packaging costs $3, then wherever the bottle was packaged is where there was a ‘substantial … [Read more...] about Is Your Fish Oil Made in China?
Millions of Americans and Canadians take fish oil supplements on a daily basis, in hopes of maintaining good cardiovascular health. In 2013 these supplements generated $1.2 billion in sales in the U.S., which goes to show that it’s in high demand. Fish oil supplements contain omega-3s, which are wonderfully healthy fatty acids that are beneficial for brain and nervous system health, protective against heart disease, have anti-inflammatory qualities, and may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and other chronic diseases. It all sounds great, except that many of these supplements might not contain exactly what their labels claim. LabDoor is a testing company that examined the 30 top-selling brands of fish oil supplements in the U.S. Researchers assessed the supplements’ omega-3 content, their mercury levels, and whether the supplements showed signs of rancidity. First, they found that 6 out of the 30 supplement brands contained omega-3 levels that were, on average, 30 … [Read more...] about Do you know what’s in your fish oil supplement?
Another day, another round of headlines about China’s butchering of rare species. Today’s bloodbath bulletin concerns whale sharks, which feed on phytoplankton and can grow up to 40 feet (12 meters)—about the length of four station wagons. The shark is so vulnerable to extinction that most countries forbid fishermen from catching them. That’s not stopping a factory in China’s Zhejiang province from slaughtering 600 whale sharks per year, according to Hong Kong-based conservation group WildLifeRisk. The factory pays up to 200,000 yuan ($31,000) per whale shark (pdf), as WLR reports, and there’s now a global network of fishing boats that will sell them to the factory that WLR investigated. Why? Whale sharks feed the growing market for fish oil used in supplements and cosmetics sold in the US and Canada (paywall), reports the New York Times. The plant exports at least 300 tons (272 tonnes) a year in oil leached from … [Read more...] about America’s health craze for fish oil is wiping out the world’s rarest shark
(NaturalNews) Quackity quack, the quacks are back, and this time they’re targeting fish oil supplements, claiming that taking fish oils raises your risk of prostate cancer. Hogwash. This is just another case of pure fearmongering quackery by the anti-vitamin crowd. Remember: All these people attacking vitamins are the very same people who are on the take from Big Pharma. Remember, too, that companies like GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have already been convicted of multiple felony crimes by the U.S. Department of Justice. And today in China, GSK was caught yet again engaging in widespread bribery and criminal fraud. See the Natural News story: GlaxoSmithKline admits to criminal pharma fraud in 3 billion dollar case Do you honestly think these companies wouldn’t fake a bunch of studies (and pay off a bunch of researchers) in order to try to discredit vitamins, superfoods and fish oils? So here’s how they do the quackity quack dance: Seven ways … [Read more...] about Quackity quack: Eight evil genius ways to fake a vitamin study (and scare consumers into being afraid of fish oils)
SANTA CRUZ – People buying certain fish oil supplements to get the benefit of omega-3 fatty acids are ingesting chemicals banned in 1979, according to environmental advocates who filed a lawsuit Monday aimed at forcing manufacturers to warn consumers. The lawsuit names five makers of supplements found to contain polychlorinated biphenyl compounds, drugstores CVS and Rite Aid, which sell those products, and Omega Protein Inc., of Houston, which touts itself as the world’s largest producer of omega-3 fish oil. Attorney David Roe filed the suit in San Francisco Superior Court contending Proposition 65, a law he helped write, requires consumers to be warned when products contain toxic ingredients above the limit deemed safe by regulators. Some of the tested supplements exceed California’s daily limit for PCBs by a factor of 10 in terms of the cancer risk, Roe said. A limit has not been set for the risk of birth defects. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has … [Read more...] about Lawsuit claims PCBs found in 10 fish oil supplements; product labeling sought
A study published in Aug 2014 stated that fish oil in your dietary will help protect your blood vessels. It involved 84 subjects totally with moderate risk of CVD – cardiovascular disease, who were taking fish oil supplement (contains 1500 mg Omega-3 fatty acid) daily and lasted for 8 weeks. Researcher compared the fish oil group to those in placebo group in this double blind trial, there is no significant improvement on blood pressure, or plasma lipid or glucose function – maybe the testing period is not long enough. But they found that the EMPs (endothelial microparticles) were reduced and EPCs (endothelial progenitor cells) were increased, which meant the omega-3 had a protection against the endothelial damage, meanwhile the blood vessel were repaired. Other researches had shown the use of high dose fish oil help reduce the triglyceride levels among the subjects with severe hypertriglyceridemia. Although no study supports the intake of fish oil supplement can prevent … [Read more...] about Fish Oil Protect Your Blood Vessels