Fish Oil and Alzheimer’s

Dr. James Augustine, D.C. – BioVeda of Cerritos, CA writes in response to the article published on CNN.com, Fish Oil Ingredient Doesn’t Slow Alzheimer’s, which explores a study that asserts that omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) does not slow mental decline once it’s began: Several points here: Isolating DHA from it’s food source never works, as most nutritional supplements have been synthesized in a lab, the active ingredient from the food removed and concentrated. This is given as a food supplement, but isolated, fractionated vitamins / minerals / amino acids do not work. It would be like breaking off a piece of your car key and attempting to start your car. No…you need the entire key and hence you need the entire vitamin as it occurs in food. Treating disease or preventing disease? Once a significant degenerative process has set in like Alzheimer’s, it takes a dramatic effort to reverse it and heal. Fish oil should be preventative, not a treatment for Alzheimer’s. What wasn’t discussed – toxicity levels that can cause degeneration in nervous system tissue. Also..the blood thinning effect that fish oil has, which therefore can improved blood flow to the brain. I wonder who funded the research? What was the agenda? “Ah…vitamins are a hoax…they don’t really affect the body” If that were the case, try to stop eating food for a week and see if you notice any differences in your health! Dr. Augustine,...

October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

From the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: People with cancer want to do everything they can to combat the disease, manage its symptoms, and cope with the side effects of treatment. Many turn to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices. Some studies suggest that CAM treatments can help for management of symptoms for chemotherapy-related nausea, fatigue, pain, and other symptoms. If you are considering using CAM, be sure to talk to your health care providers to ensure safe and coordinated care. People with cancer may use CAM to: Help cope with the side effects of cancer treatments, such as nausea, pain, and fatigue; Comfort themselves and ease the worries of cancer treatment and related stress; Feel that they are doing something more to help with their own care; Try to treat or cure their cancer. Selected Publications by NCCAM Grantees NCCAM has funded many basic and clinical studies related to breast cancer. These articles are examples of the breadth of research the Center supports. To find more articles by NCCAM grantees, search PubMed®. Acupuncture and Cancer Diet and Cancer Prevention: Contributions from the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Study Non-hormonal Interventions for Hot Flushes in Women With a History of Breast Cancer Pineapple Bromelain Induces Autophagy, Facilitating Apoptotic Response in Mammary Carcinoma Cells Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Patients During Chemotherapy and Concurrent Therapy With a Mistletoe Extract Randomized Clinical Trial of Chinese Herbal Medications to Reduce Wound Complications After Mastectomy for Breast Carcinoma Related News Fish Oil Linked to Reduction in Breast Cancer Risk A recent study suggests that regular use of fish oil...

Nutritional Protection: Free Radicals and Aging (Part 3 of 3)

The following is the third and final piece of a three part series that comprises a white paper report on Nutritional Protection Against Excitotoxins.  In this series we explore the importance of nutrition in protecting the body and brain from harmful toxins and free radicals.  To read the complete report on Nutritional Protection, click to download. This is for reference only, all rights are reserved. Free Radicals: Research now shows us that as we age our cells, including neurons, lose a significant amount of their ability to generate energy. Most cells generate the majority of their energy from electrons passing through a series of enzymatic reactions within the mitochondria, known as the electron transport chain. These electrons are derived from the breakdown of glucose in the kreb’s cycle. The various steps in energy generation by the electron transport chain have been designated Complex I through V as listed in the table below: Electron Transport Chain: Complex I-NADH – Ubiquinone oxidoreductase Complex II – Succinate: ubiquinone oxidoreductase Complex III – ubiquinonl: ferricytochrome c oxidoreductase Complex IV – ferrocytochrome c: oxygen oxidoreductase Complex V – ATP synthease Anything that blocks one of these enzymatic steps severely interferes with the cells’ ability to produce energy, primarily in the form of ATP. But to better understand how energy deficits occur we must go back one more step. Even before energy production declines another process begins to develop as we age — the cells begin to accumulate free radicals in larger amounts. We know that free radicals can damage cell membranes, intracellular components, and even the DNA itself. One reason for all of this increase...

Fish Oil – Can it help you conceive a baby?

-Guest Columnist, Liz Hopwood, BioVeda Health and Wellness Center I have been trying to conceive another baby for over three years now.  After several miscarriages, I started researching natural ways to increase my chances of having a baby.  Through this research, I have learned a great deal about the connection between fertility and fish oil.  I started taking fish oil in January and have had regular periods ever since! So, what does fish oil do?  Researchers are finding that omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil may enhance fertility.  Findings show that concentrated fish oil can be helpful in inflammatory conditions and mood disorders.  Both of these conditions often play a role in fertility.  If you are having trouble getting pregnant, both you and your partner should start taking omega 3 fish oil with EPA and DHA. Fertility may vastly improve! According to Dr. Berry Sears, President of Zone Labs: “A primary cause of female infertility is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This condition is linked to increased insulin levels. In women with PCOS, the ovaries release an egg from a follicle sporadically, if at all, instead of the usual every 28 days. These irregular cycles can be corrected once women with PCOS lower their elevated insulin levels; At this point their fertility almost magically reappears. Unfortunately, even after women with PCOS become pregnant, they still have higher rates of miscarriages. Thus, simply reducing insulin levels alone is not the total answer. The other important factor appears to be an imbalance of eicosanoids that can be treated with the increased consumption of fish oil. Epidemiological studies of pregnant women who consume...

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