Respected medical journals like The New England Journal of Medicine and Circulation have reported on the ever-growing list of benefits from a high intake of the essential fatty acids found in fish oil. Experts have found that fish oil helps the heart by lowering total serum cholesterol, elevating HDL (good) cholesterol, decreasing triglycerides, lowering blood pressure, and reducing platelet aggregation.
Beyond heart health, fish oil may boost mental and emotional function, treat arthritis and other inflammatory disorders, improve dry skin conditions and acne, decrease headaches and enhance mood. Some studies have documented the benefits of purified fish oil in treating aging skin, bipolar disorder and depression. Purified fish oil helps lubricate aching joints, results in healthier looking skin and protects against macular degeneration.
Old News – But News We Should Know? The journal Cancer Letters published a very positive article in its October 2008 edition noting that both omega-3 and omega-6 highly unsaturated fatty acids are necessary for human health. Presently, our western diet contains a disproportionate amount of omega-6 and a relatively low amount of omega-3, resulting in a high omega-6/omega-3 ratio that is thought to contribute to poor cardiovascular health, inflammation and abnormal cellular growth. The article explained that studies in human populations have linked high consumption of fish or fish oil to reduced risk of abnormal cellular growth in the prostate, colon and breast. Unfortunately, self appointed experts are marketing fish oils with omega’s 6’s and 9’s.
*Eat Fish and Lose Weight? Secret Ingredient: Omega-3 fatty acids
By altering levels of a hormone called leptin in your body, you can increase your fat burning. Several recent studies suggest that leptin directly influences your metabolism, determining whether you burn calories or store them as fat. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that mice with low leptin levels have faster metabolisms and are able to burn fat more quickly than animals with higher leptin levels. The best way to lower
your leptin? Eat fish.
Mayo Clinic researchers studying the diets of two African tribes-one of which frequently ate fish and one of which didn’t-found that fish eaters had leptin levels nearly five times lower than the levels found in tribes that primarily ate vegetables. The good news, if you don’t like fish: fish-oil supplements may work just as well as the stuff with scales. French researchers found that men who replaced 6 grams of fat in their diets with 6 grams of fish oil were able to boost their metabolisms and lose an average of 2 pounds in just 12 weeks.
Are you taking a purified, molecularly distilled fish oil?
The benefits identified herein assume that the fish oil you are getting is a quality fish oil and is taken in sufficient quantities. Unfortunately, most consumers are purchasing inferior fish oils, often containing significant amounts of contaminants and small amounts of actual fish oil (omega 3’s). At NBH Lifetime Health, we recommend that you only purchase the highest-potency ultra-pure fish oil containing at least 70% omega-3 fatty acid content.
*Our Marine Fish Oil supplies extra-strength amounts of both EPA and DHA to allow for maximum intake of omega-3s in the fewest number of soft gel capsules. Our fish oil liquid is even more potent and one teaspoon gives you almost 5,000 mg of purified marine fish oil. It has a lemony, mild taste. This exceptionally pure fish oil concentrate undergoes molecular distillation and a series of other refining processes to ensure that it is essentially free from heavy metals, dioxins, and PCBs.
Each batch is third party tested and guaranteed to be sure that it meets the strictest quality standards for freshness and purity. Added vitamin E and rosemary serve as antioxidants to protect the lipid components from oxidation. Natural lemon flavor provides a light citrus taste. Following is a description of the process method used for the preparation of the Marine Fish Oil Rx.
- Raw material access and control: The manufacturer has direct access to the best fisheries in the world for manufacture of Omega-3 fish oil. At the time of harvest, the manufacturer actively selects the species and grade of raw material that will yield the optimal level of EPA & DHA in its finished products. Species selected include deep marine sardine, mackerel and anchovy.
- Extraction: Removes raw oil from the fleshy meat of the fish.
- Winterization: Removes saturated fats present in the raw oil, leaving a clear-colored oil with more long-chain fatty acids and no saturated fat.
- Deodorization: Removes heavy metals, PCBs and other unwanted elements for cleaner, scent-free oil with no aftertaste.
- Molecular distillation: Completely refines the oil and ensures removal of man-made pollutants such as PCBs in both standard and concentrated oils.
- Completion: The result is the purest Omega-3 fish oil on the market.
- Every batch includes a comprehensive independent laboratory analysis of the encapsulated product including fatty acid profile, heavy metal, other contaminants, and peroxide value. This includes a comprehensive independent laboratory analysis of the encapsulated product including fatty acid profile, heavy metal, other contaminants, and peroxide value.
- Greater omega-3 fatty acid intake associated with protection against advanced age-related macular degeneration
Researchers from Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University report in the December, 2010 issue of the journal Ophthalmology the finding of a protective effect for fish that contain abundant amounts of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA against the development of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The disease is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans of European descent and the number of individuals with advanced AMD is expected to rise by 50% by the next decade.
The finding adds evidence to that of other research, including the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), concerning the benefit of nutritional components against macular degeneration. High amounts of omega-3s have been measured in the retina of the eye, and may be essential to eye health
*Beneficial fatty acids help relieve PMS symptoms
On January 17, 2011, researchers from the University of Pernambuco in Brazil reported in the journal Reproductive Health the finding of improvements in premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in women given supplemental fatty acids. Premenstrual syndrome is a cluster of symptoms experienced during the half of the menstrual cycle prior to menses, which can affect up to 80 percent of all women of reproductive age.
Although the effects of PMS can be severe enough to warrant treatment with hormones or antidepressant drugs, many women fail to seek medical therapy and continue to suffer monthly until menopause occurs. “The results of the current study present some evidence in support of the use of essential fatty acids in PMS patients,” they conclude.
*“Fatty acids play a role in mediating prostaglandins (Horrobin DF 1983). Supplementation with the right proportions of fatty acids can maximize the production of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins (E1 and E3) while suppressing pro-inflammatory prostaglandin E2 and leukotriene B4. In addition to avoiding saturated fats and high glycemic foods that contribute to chronic inflammation, eating omega-3 foods, which provide eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), can help control inflammation by bringing balance to the essential fatty acids. In clinical studies, supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids reduced symptoms associated with PMS, including cramps (Sampalis F et al 2003; Harel Z et al 1996).” Life Extension, 2011.
NBH, Director of Education & Research, NBH Lifetime Health