Archive for June, 2011

There is a growing  body of evidence about using omega 3 for depression treatment

Depression is a major and quite debilitating psychological condition. Depression in it’s various forms can affect the lives of sufferers to a huge degree, and for this reason there is great interest in recent studies that have suggested that using dietary supplements containing Omega 3 for depression sufferers may well help reduce the incidence of this condition.

And it seems that there is a growing body of evidence that those who suffer from depression may well have powerful reasons to increase their intake of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids DHA and EPA.

The Omega 3 fat called DHA is the most prevalent fat in your brain. There is evidence that a low level of intake of DHA in the very early years, or even before birth, can slow the development of mental function as well as slow the development of cognition.

Of course this doesn’t mean that low levels of DHA cause depression, or even that increasing your intake of DHA will help reduce its incidence, but it does mean that there is evidence that your brain requires, for full and proper function, an adequate supply of DHA.

And there is also evidence from scientific studies in support of the conclusion that there is a solid link between low levels of Omega 3 and depression.Omega 3 and depression

A study quoted in Science Daily suggests that the use of supplements containing Omega 3 essential fatty acids can be effective for people with major depression, if they do not have anxiety disorders as well.

This study was undertaken by a professor at the University of Montréal and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and was at the time the largest study conducted on the effect of increasing the intake of Omega 3 as a strategy to help treat depression.

In fact there have been a range of studies about using Omega 3 for depression treatment, not all of them supporting the conclusion that using the essential fatty acids called the Omega 3 fats for treating depression is effective.

As, according to the study, somewhere around roughly 15 percent of people will suffer from an episode of major depression at some point in their lives, this is a serious health issue for many people, and is according to some one of the major health issues facing our society.

It is also estimated that depression is the worlds 4th leading cause of death and morbidity.

And so the effects of major depression cannot be underestimated.

Clearly more research needs to be done, however given that there is now solid evidence linking low intake of Omega 3 and depression, and also given that there are now studies suggesting that increasing the intake of Omega 3 may well help with such other conditions as ADD and ADHD, it is quite clear that, if you suffer from depression, there are powerful reasons to start eating more fish or to start taking fish oil supplements.

Even if increasing your intake of the Omega 3 fats doesn’t significantly improve your depression there is also no doubt that there is a wide range of other health benefits which may well be attracted from a better supply of Omega 3 in your diet.

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More Omega 3 fatty acids my have a role in treating the symptoms of arthritis

“There’s no secret to it…it’s all in the wrist.”

That is all the explanation you give your flabbergasted next-door-neighbor as you swagger away. What is this about? Oh, nothing…nothing other than the fact you have just beaten him again in your annual community tennis league—for the third year in a row.

“There’s no secret to it…it’s all in the wrist.”

You have been getting used to it, though, because you have been saying that a lot lately. Whether it is a casual game of golf, or a friendly bowling match, or a rigorous 40 minutes of basketball, or (for goodness’ sake) even a round of poker…you are in a winning streak. And you give the same explanation each and every time: “There’s no secret to it…it’s all in the wrist.”

So, if it is all in the wrist, then you would certainly want to take care of that wrist, right? And while you are at it, you might as well take care of your other joints, too. After all, how much good will your wrist do you without your elbow…and shoulder…and so on. Will it still be “all in the wrist” if it (or your other joints) ever becomes arthritic? Probably not.Omega 3 in beef

Arthritis! Who, me?

I think it is safe to say that no one ever wants to have to pass up on the best that life offers simply because of arthritis. Yet the fact is millions have had to sit in the sidelines because arthritis would not let them participate. And the count continues as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention gives this gloomy forecast: “The number of adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis is projected to increase to 67 million by 2030, and more than one-third of these adults will have limited activity as a result.” You read it right, 67 million by 2030. It is a good bet you do not want to be part of that statistic 20 years from now.

Understanding Arthritis

Arthritis—from the Greek word arthron (meaning, “joint”) and the Latin itis (meaning, “inflammation”)—is an umbrella term that covers over a hundred types of inflammatory joint diseases (the most common is osteoarthritis). Taken together, these make up the most common chronic illness in the United States.

The etiology (disease origin) of arthritis varies with the different types, but there are common signs and symptoms and risk factors:

Common Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis

  • The four indicators of inflammation:
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Warmth
  • Redness
  • Discomfort
  • Stiffness
  • Fatigue

Common Risk Factors for Arthritis

  • Advancing age: With a few exceptions (juvenile idiopathic arthritis, for example), incidence of most types of arthritis increase with age.
  • Gender: Women are more prone to most types of arthritis than men (gout is an exception).
  • Genetic factors: Some genes have been specifically associated with certain types of arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus are very good examples).
  • Obesity: Excess weight tends to put more pressure on weight-bearing joints (the knees, in particular).
  • Joint infection: Various microbial joint infections have been known to contribute to the progression of arthritis.
  • Occupational factors: These may include occupations that regularly put stress on joints, poor ergonomics in the workplace, and the like.

You will notice that among the risk factors, only the first three are beyond your control; the rest you can do something about.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Arthritis

While omega-3 fatty acids are not a sort of “umbrella prescription” for arthritis (they do not actually cure arthritis), they have nonetheless been known for their anti-inflammatory benefits, and these have been the focus of several clinical studies. Consider the following excerpt from an article by the University of Maryland Medical Center:

A number of small studies have found that fish oil helps reduce symptoms of RA [rheumatoid arthritis], including joint pain and morning stiffness. One study suggests that people with RA who take fish oil may be able to lower their dose of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). However, unlike prescription medications, fish oil does not appear to slow progression of RA, only to treat the symptoms….

New Zealand green lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus), another potential source of omega-3 fatty acids, has been reported to reduce joint stiffness and pain, increase grip strength, and improve walking pace in a small group of people with osteoarthritis. For some people, symptoms got worse before they improved.

If these words are to be trusted, then we can perhaps say that while the therapeutic effects of omega-3 fatty acids on certain types of arthritis have yet to be established empirically, the trend nonetheless appears to be pointing in that direction.

Considering the incredible number of people who suffer from arthritis, it is no wonder that many have jumped into the “Omega-3 band wagon”. Health professionals continue to look for the piece that will complete the “arthritis/Omega-3 puzzle”, entrepreneurs continue to maneuver for good position in the health industry, and sufferers continue to be happy to oblige them for the sake of that elusive long-term relief.

As for you, take care of that wrist, will you? After all, there is no secret to it….

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