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Omega 3 fatty acids help major depression

A trial reported in 2016 indicates that supplementation with omega 3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) can help improve major depression. The study shows that both high levels of EPA+DHA at baseline and supplementation with these two omega 3 fatty acids result in favorable post-treatment outcomes in major depression patients. Previous studies have revealed that EPA and DHA levels in red blood cells are low in patients with major depression suggesting that supplementation with these omega 3 fatty acids may help treat major depression. For the trial, EPA, DHA and omega 6 fatty acid arachidonic acid...

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Mediterranean diet better for the heart than taking statins, major study suggests

New research suggests that eating a Mediterranean diet may prolong the lives of heart patients. “Adherence to the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of overall mortality, not only in the general population — which is already known, but in patients who already suffered a heart attack,” said study researcher Dr. Giovanni de Gaetano. He is head of the department of epidemiology and prevention at the I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed Institute in Pozzilli, Italy. “All-cause death was significantly reduced both in the people following the medium-level Mediterranean diet, but especially in people who followed faithfully the Mediterranean diet,” Dr. de Gaetano added. “The...

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Probiotics: Health Benefits, Facts, Research

Probiotics are microorganisms that offer some form of health benefit to the host – they can be found in various different foods. Probiotics are believed to play very important roles in regulating proper intestinal function and digestion – by balancing intestinal microflora. These ‘good bacteria’ are considered to be “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”, according to the World Health Organization1. Probiotics are normally consumed in fermented foods with active live cultures such as yogurt. Probiotics are also available in supplement form as capsules, liquid and chewables. There are many different strains...

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Fish Oil Has Benefits After a Heart Attack: Study

A new study provides clues about how omega-3 fatty acids can slow or even prevent damage from a heart attack Many heart doctor will tell you that one of the best ways to keep your heart healthy is to include more healthy oils, such as omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, in your diet. Studies have shown that people in parts of the world who eat more fish have lower rates of heart disease, and fewer heart attacks. One thing that has been less clear is what role fish oil plays in people who have already had a heart attack. Can omega-3 fat...

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Reduce Risk of Fatal Heart Attack

Consuming  omega-3 fatty acids may significantly lower your risk of dying from a heartattack, according to the most thorough study to date on this contested nutritional topic. Previous research on fish oil supplements and other sources of omega-3 fatty acids has shown mixed results, with some studies revealing heart-healthy benefits and others finding no benefit at all. The latest research, reported on June 27 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, was the largest of its kind to measure the actual levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the participants’ blood, as opposed to relying on questionnaires in which people report what they eat. Results based on diet questionnaires are prone to...

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