This article was originally published on Men's Health.Maybe we haven’t struck oil after all. Omega-3 fatty acid supplements were thought to deliver the same cancer-fighting, heart-saving, brain-preserving benefits as real fish but without the stinky hassle. That’s why when these dietary supplements hit the U.S. market, we were immediately hooked. Today, in fact, fish oil outranks herbal supplements in popularity among American men.Unfortunately, there may now be a catch. While research in the 1990s initially suggested benefits from dietary fish oil supplementation, new studies, including several high-profile reviews published in trusted journals, no longer support many of the original health claims.The Health Effects Of FishThe Bible has anecdotes of people using fish gallbladders to treat blindness. The Spaniards believed fish bile cured madness. And when your grandpa was a pup, he probably had to swallow cod-liver oil to prevent rickets—a bone disorder caused by … [Read more...] about Why You Probably Don’t Need To Take Those Fish Oil Supplements You’ve Been Swallowing Every Day
Burp less fish oil
You may think of asthma as a childhood illness, not one that’s much of a problem for adults. Yet of the 22 million Americans who have asthma, only 9 million are children. Every day in America, 5,000 people visit the emergency room, 1,000 are admitted to the hospital, and 11 die due to asthma. Of course, asthma doesn’t always require hospitalization. It may cause only occasional and short-lived symptoms, such as breathlessness, coughing, or wheezing. (Here are common asthma symptoms.)Unless your asthma is well controlled, it may subtly interfere with normal activity and get out of hand quickly. In fact, a person with “mild asthma” can have a fatal attack. Asthma occurs when the main air passages in the lungs, called bronchioles, become inflamed and overly sensitive to “triggers.” During attacks, the lungs produce extra mucus and the bronchiole walls narrow, making breathing difficult.No cure exists yet, but nearly everyone can dramatically … [Read more...] about 29 Expert Strategies For Asthma Treatment
When Randal McCloy was rushed to West Virginia University Ruby Memorial Hospital's intensive-care unit, he was practically dead. The 27-year-old coal miner had spent 41 hours buried 21/2 miles underground after an explosion in the Sago, West Virginia, mine where he'd been working. His 12 oxygen-starved colleagues had all perished. "As far as we know, he survived the longest exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning," says Julian Bailes, M.D., the neurosurgeon assigned to the case. McCloy was in a coma and in deep shock, his heart barely beating, one of his lungs collapsed, his liver and both kidneys shut down. Even if he somehow managed to pull through, doctors predicted McCloy would be severely brain damaged, since the carbon monoxide had stripped the protective myelin sheath from most of his brain's neurons. "It's very difficult to come back from a brain injury," says Dr. Bailes. "There's no drug that can help that." While McCloy was being given oxygen infusions in a … [Read more...] about The Government’s Big Fish Story
Soy has long been the prostate-protection poster food, but new findings from the University of Colorado show it's even more effective when it has help from an unlikely plate partner: Research suggests that, in moderation, meat may help convert soy into equol, a compound that reduces the growth of malignant prostate cells. In tests of 45 healthy men, those who regularly consumed one glass of soy milk with a small portion of beef, pork, or chicken produced nearly 4.7 times more equol than men who drank the soy milk but skipped the meat. What's more, their equol levels were nearly the same as those found in men who followed a high-soy diet. Need to beef up your meals? Probably not. "Most of the men who produced equol ate meat only a few times a week, versus two to three servings a day for most Americans," says study author Tammy Hedlund, Ph.D. The bottom line: Instead of cutting out meat----as some experts suggest--add a glass of soy milk daily to complement it.Your a.m. java jolt really … [Read more...] about Equol Opportunity
Stan Jones could have used a supplement guide like this one. In 1999, Jones, then a Libertarian candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from Montana, began taking colloidal silver. He feared that Y2K would result in a shortage of antibiotics, and he'd apparently heard that colloidal silver has antibacterial and immunity-boosting properties. What he didn't hear was that it also has a possible (and permanent) side effect called argyria. Today, Stan Jones has blue skin. __________________________________________RELATED CONTENTDownload: Your 8-page guide to The Best__________________________________________ The lesson: Supplements are serious medicine, and how smart you are about what you swallow will largely determine whether you end up healed or hurt. Or a different hue. But where do you go for that knowledge? To an expert like me. As a professor of pharmacotherapy at Washington State University and the answer man for Men's Health's "Pills of Wisdom" column, I eat, sleep, and breathe … [Read more...] about Best & Worst Supplements
Dutifully down your omega-3 fatty-acid supplement every day? You may want to take a closer look at your capsules. Recent tests done by ConsumerLab.com found that 31 percent of the omega-3 fatty acid supplements tested failed to live up to their label claims. What researchers found could mean that pill-poppers' efforts to channel the supplement's benefits--decreasing the risk of heart disease, cancer, arthritis, macular degeneration, and more--have been useless, and even dangerous.Labels That LiedOf the thirty-five kinds of omega-3 fatty acid supplements researchers examined, including those containing fish oil, krill oil, calamari oil, cod liver oil, and algae oil, several products missed the mark on how much of the healthy fatty acids the supplements actually contained, and some even posed health hazards. • Four packed less fatty acids than than their labels claimed.• Three had up to 267 percent more fatty acids than their labels claimed.• Two exceeded safe … [Read more...] about Is Your Supplement Label Lying?
Maybe we haven’t struck oil after all. Omega-3 fatty acid supplements were thought to deliver the same cancer-fighting, heart-saving, brain-preserving benefits as real fish—but without the stinky hassle.That’s why, when these dietary supplements hit the U.S. market, we were immediately hooked. Today, in fact, fish oil outranks herbal supplements in popularity among American men.Unfortunately, there may now be a catch. While research in the 1990s initially suggested benefits from dietary fish oil supplementation, new studies—including several high-profile reviews published in trusted journals—no longer support many of the original health claims.The Health Effects Of FishThe Bible has anecdotes of people using fish gallbladders to treat blindness. The Spaniards believed fish bile cured madness. And when your grandpa was a pup, he probably had to swallow cod-liver oil to prevent rickets, a bone disorder caused by vitamin deficiency.Research into the … [Read more...] about Why You Don’t Need to Take Fish Oil Supplements
Your ears, nose and throat are not only in close proximity to each other. They are, in fact, intimately connected. When things are going well, this trio elicits no complaint. But if an infection, inflammation or allergic response occurs, they are no slouches at expressing discomfort. Sinus cavities in the skull are not only for filtering and warming air before that air reaches the lungs. They also lighten the skull and act as resonance chambers for sounds. These air pockets are connected with your throat and ears. When the passages become congested through inflammation or mucus accumulation, our ears hurt. The open connection between nose, ear and throat allows for the exchange of fluids, permitting the transformation of a cold into an excruciatingly painful ear infection. For any of us, child or no, infections and inflammations in one area can often be readily communicated to another. However, there’s a plus side to this: the herbs and nutrients that tone and protect the … [Read more...] about Ear, Nose And Throat Connection
You’re unlikely to see krill or krill oil on a restaurant menu near you, although it’s eaten in Japan under the name Okiami. Krill is a small, nondescript crustacean, so what are the uses of krill oil? If researchers are correct, krill provides oil that can assist in treating everything from arthritis to erectile dysfunction, as well as making your eyes and brain work better. Krill’s the catch-all name for 85 or so species and has probably the largest biomass on earth: hundreds of millions of tons. In other words, all the krill in the sea weigh more than any other species. That’s astonishing when you consider, for example, all the cows and sheep in the world. If you’ve seen the movie Happy Feet Two, the krill are Will and Bill, the shrimp-like critters bickering and biting seals’ butts in their search for enlightenment. Movie buffs will recognise the voices of Matt Damon and Brad Pitt, but in the real world, these invertebrate crustaceans have an … [Read more...] about Krill Oil: Stop That “Krilling” Pain From Your Arthritis
There are three common forms of Omega-3 fatty acids you are likely to encounter in your food and your supplements. Those are: triglyceride, ethyl ester, phospholipid and free fatty acid. If you remember, the structure and breakdown of those various forms of essential fats are quite different, yielding the same Omega-3s, but very different when it comes to how efficiently the body can utilize them. Essentially, I’m talking about their bioavailability. The term “bioavailability,” in this case, is important because it generally refers to the capability of the orally ingested Omega-3 fatty acids to be digested in the gastrointestinal tract and cross the intestinal wall, thereby entering the bloodstream and, subsequently, transported to the various body tissues and organs. The efficiency of this process, relevant to each form of fatty acid determines how much of the Omega-3s in the capsule you swallow ends up arriving at a target organ or body structure, i.e. … [Read more...] about Which form of Omega 3 is most Bioavailable?