Tips for Better Bone Building, Part 7: Fish Oils

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Tips for Better Bone Building, Part 7: Fish Oils

Relationships between dietary fatty acids and bone health are only recently becoming appreciated. A role for the fish oils in bone certainly is suggested by their appearance within bone tissue. In the presence of the fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), bone cells display a healthy normalization of the immune response and secrete less of the bone resorption-promoting prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) when stimulated by the chemical messenger interleukin-1. Feeding rats fish oils decreases the rate of bone loss that results experimentally from a calcium-deficient diet. The bone mineral density of the hip in men and of the hip and spine in women were reported to be directly proportional to the average daily intake of fish oils.13 Although the results of dietary supplementation studies in humans have not yet been reported, the available evidence all points toward an important bone health-enhancing effect of fish oils.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Tips for Better Bone Building, Part 8: Saturated Fat

References:
13. Weiss LA, Barrett-Connor E, von Muhlen D. Ratio of n-6 to n-3 fatty acids and bone mineral density in older adults: The Rancho Bernardo Study. Am J Clin Nutr 2005;81:934-938.

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Fish oil supplements help individuals increase omega-3 consumption

If you are like most Americans, chances are you do not consume adequate amounts of omega-3s. Yet health experts say that these are among the most important nutrients a person can include in their diet. So how do you go about getting more?

Molly Kimball, a registered dietitian in New Orleans, recently wrote in the Times-Picayune that fish oil derived from cod liver is among the richest sources of omega-3s available. This substance has the two primary varieties of omega-3s, DHA and EPA.

She wrote that a person could get adequate amounts of omega-3s simply by eating more fish like cods or salmons, but few people have the taste for fish to allow them to eat enough to satisfy their bodies' needs for omega-3s. For these individuals, fish oil can fill the void.

Aside from cod liver oil, individuals who are looking to increase their consumption of omega-3 supplements may benefit from looking into krill oil. These supplements have the added benefit of containing high levels of the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin, which may provide strong support for heart health.  

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Eating fish is key to supporting heart health, experts say

Fish may not be the first food people think of when they consider their favorites. However, research continues to suggest that when it comes to heart health and brain health, it may be their body's favorite foods.

The reason is that most varieties of fish contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients have been shown to have a range of health benefits, most importantly in the cardiovascular system. Short of taking nutritional supplements, eating more fish may be one of the best ways to get more of these beneficial nutrients.

"I think overall, fish does provide a beneficial package of nutrients, in particular the omega-3s, that could explain this lower risk," Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a Harvard University researcher, recently told Reuters Health. "A lot of the evidence comes together suggesting that about two to three servings per week is enough to get the benefit."

The American Heart Association makes the exact same recommendation. The group says two or more servings of fish per week is an excellent way to boost omega-3 levels and support heart health.
 

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Essential Brain Nourishment: Fish Oils

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Essential Brain Nourishment: Fish Oils

The fish oil, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), is the major polyunsaturated fatty acid in the brain. Between 25% and 50% of all the fatty acids in the brain, optic nerve and retina are DHA. One of the functions of DHA in the brain is to stimulate brain neurons to maintain strong cell-to-cell contacts so that they may communicate with ease. When DHA is added to the diet it enters the brain and is incorporated into those areas of neuron cell membranes where cells are in proximity and exchange messages. When the neuronal membrane DHA content is increased in rats, they learn more quickly and exhibit increased curiosity about their environment – all signs of enhanced cognitive functions. In elderly men and women, the ability to retain cognitive functions may increase as daily fish oil intake increases.8 DHA and other essential fatty acids support several structural components of brain tissue.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Essential Brain Nourishment: Phosphatidylserine

References:
8. Kalmijn S, Feskens EJM Launer LJ, Kromhout D. Polyunsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants, and cognitive function in very old men. Am J Epidemiol 1997;145:33-41.

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Critical Tools for a Healthy Liver: Fish Oils

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Critical Tools for a Healthy Liver: Fish Oils

Healthy fats, as those found in fish oil, may support the liver’s normal metabolic functions. Taking healthy fats also beneficially changes the ratio of healthy fats to unhealthy fats in the diet. Unhealthy fats, as mentioned above, bog down the liver’s ability to detoxify harmful chemicals. As reported in a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, healthy amounts of fish oil supplements (3000 mg to 5000 mg daily) support fat metabolism in the liver, as well as bile production and liver function.3 In addition, unlike unhealthy fats, fish oils are not stored within the liver. Replacing sources of other dietary fats with fish oils or fatty fish can further promote liver health.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Critical Tools for a Healthy Liver: Milk Thistle (silymarin)

References:
3. Jonkers IJ, Smelt AH, Princen HM, Kuipers F, Romijn JA, Boverhof R, Masclee AA, Stellaard F. Fish oil increases bile acid synthesis in male patients with hypertriglyceridemia. J Nutr 2006;136:987-991.

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Krill oil supplements grow in popularity

With all the hype surrounding the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, individuals are increasingly looking for food sources of these important nutrients. To a growing extent, that means krill oil supplements.

Nutra Ingredients recently reported that sales of krill oil supplements have been growing at about 20 percent year. Furthermore, experts believe the trend will continue, with the products seeing annual growth rates of about 10 percent for the next few years.

Experts from the industry told the news source that they are beginning to see a greater demand from consumers for krill oil products in the past few years. The growth they are seeing is far beyond what was expected.

Numerous studies have shown that omega-3 concentrations in krill oil supplements are far greater than other sources and this may be the main reason for the increase in demand for these products.

Over the years, omega-3s have been shown to support brain health and heart health. The University of Maryland Medical Center characterizes the nutrients as "essential" because they play a key role in health but the body cannot make them.
 

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Krill oil helps heart health in mice

A study published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism on July 13th indicates that krill oil (which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids) may promote heart health and assist in weight management. The study was conducted on mice by Italian and Australian researchers. The mice were placed on a high-fat diet and then given supplements.

After 8 weeks, the mice had improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels and other health indicators. One researcher noted that krill oil, due to its omega-3 content, had the potential to support metabolic health which can be harmed by conditions like obesity.

The study examined the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on endocannabinoids, which can affect appetite, fat accumulation and other factors. The high-fat diet increased endocannabinoid activity in the mice studied, and the effects decreased after the mice consumed the krill oil. The favorable results have lead to further study, this time with human participants.

The CDC notes that unsaturated fats (including omega-3 fats) may boost health better than saturated fats. In addition to krill oil, good sources of unsaturated fats include fish oil, soybean or canola oil and walnuts. omega-3 fatty acids are frequently available through fish oil or other nutrient supplements.

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Conflicting studies only agree on positive benefits of fish oil

The medical world is full of conflicting studies and it may seem as though it is impossible to stay ahead of the curve.

Several of these studies came out recently as an affront to omega-3s like fish oil supplements. People tend to read the headlines and skip the meat of the article, which can lead to confusion about the drugs and vitamins that are mentioned.

A recent study that was conducted by the National Cancer Institute noted that the risk of prostate cancer did not decrease when fish oil was taken. The article did not mention clearly that the men, aside from a select few, received their omega-3s through actual fish, not supplements, nutritionist Molly Kimball told Nola.com.

Kimball also pointed to the study's researchers, who claim that the heart health benefits of taking fish oil supplements far outweigh any possible increase of risk for prostate cancer. This was just one of many studies that have been released recently, the nutritionist said, quoted by the news source.

A week earlier, Healthnews.com examined a similar study and concluded that public health organizations recommend eating fish twice a week. They added that supplements are an alternative way to get the essential nutrients that contain omega-3.

Taking fish oil supplements has been linked to improving heart health and general wellness. 

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Studies show fish oil can support eye health

New findings indicate that omega-3 fatty acids can positively affect ocular health. A research team at the Children's Hospital in Boston found that omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in fish oil, promote the growth of healthy blood vessels while simultaneously hindering the development of abnormal vessels.

A previous study of the impact of omega-3, which was conducted by the same researchers, examined the effects of omega-3 on mice. The study revealed that the pathologic vessel growth in the retinas of mice that were fed an omega-3 diet was 50 percent lower than in the mice that were fed diets rich in omega-6. Western diets are more likely to contain omega-6 than omega-3.

In the recent study, the researchers isolated the compounds and enzymes within omega-3 that caused the positive outcome observed in the mice. An examination of the components of omega-3 revealed that its benefits are not inhibited by taking aspirin or non-steroid anti-inflammatory medication.

Lois Smith, a senior researcher and an ophthalmologist at the Children's Hospital, is also collaborating with the National Eye Institute to study the effects of omega-3 on ocular diseases.

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