Regular use of fish oil supplements (FOS) was associated with a significant reduction in cognitive decline and brain atrophy in older adults, according to a study published early online ahead of the print edition of the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia.[1]

The study examined the relationship between FOS use and indicators of cognitive decline during the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI)

Fish oil rich in DHA and EPA is widely believed to help prevent disease by reducing inflammation, but until now, scientists were not entirely sure about its immune enhancing effects. A new report appearing in the April 2013 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology,[1] helps provide clarity on this by showing that DHA-rich fish oil enhances B cell activity, a white blood cell, challenging the notion that fish oil is only immunosuppressive. This discovery is important as it shows that fish oil does not necessarily reduce the overall immune response to lower inflammation, possibly opening the doors for the use of fish oil among those with compromised immune systems.

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There has been over the last 2-3 years a progressive awareness that another source of essential fatty acids – other than fish and algae, may be useful for supplementing the diet.

Krill oil has attracted food supplement companies and some health care practitioners to consider its use as a replacement for fish oils.  A Recent paper in Lipids Health Dis – suggests that there is a difference.[1]

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Anxiety and Fish Oil

Monday, 25 July 2011 by

The use of fish oils to mediate anxiety in a selected group of intelligent and healthy young people has suggested a positive correlation. The implications are that other groups, especially the elderly and individuals with complex disorders may also benefit. For over thirty years the relationships between stress and immune function have been explored and this is one of the latest papers published in the leading cross discipline journal Brain Behaviour and immunity.[1]

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When faced with the question what do I need fish oils for and what dose should I be taking for the management of pain and stiffness, it is always handy to be able to refer to a reliable third party source. This open access paper describes just ‘what the prescriber needs to know’.  This manuscript speaks directly to practitioners and patients who would like to experience fish oil benefits. It was published in 2006 by researchers from Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, Australia. It is worth downloading and keeping on your computer for ease of reference.

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There is considerable interest in the impact of (n-3) long-chain PUFA in mitigating the morbidity and mortality caused by chronic diseases. In 2002, the Institute of Medicine concluded that insufficient data were available to define Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) for eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) or docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), noting only that EPA and DHA could contribute up to 10% toward meeting the Adequate Intake for alpha-linolenic acid. Since then, substantial new evidence has emerged supporting the need to reassess this recommendation.

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