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February 2, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Americans seem to be falling for fish oil supplements -- and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. A new survey suggests fish oil pills are the most popular dietary supplement in the country, even over multivitamins. Fish oil matters because it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, specifically DHA and EPA. If you've been paying attention (and the survey indicates that you have), you know fish oil can help maintain a healthy heart and better brain function for starters.
November 15, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
If you have been taking fish oil supplements in an effort to smooth out erratic heart beats caused by atrial fibrillation, you can save your money, researchers said Monday. The largest study of the supplements ever conducted showed that a prescription form of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids called Lovaza is worthless for treating atrial fibrillation, providing no benefit whatsoever. "This is data that we've needed sorely," Dr. Christine Albert of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, who was not involved in the study, said at a news conference.
October 20, 2010 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
Claims touting a component of fish oil as a mood enhancer and a spur to infant brain development may be a bit fishy, a new study suggests. DHA, an increasingly common ingredient in prenatal vitamins and baby formula and taken as a supplement by pregnant women, failed to prevent postpartum depression or to enhance babies' cognitive development or language acquisition, a large study has shown. The finding, reported Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., casts new doubt on a dietary supplement whose promise as brain food has been aggressively marketed despite inconsistent results.
September 2, 2010
You’ve probably heard of omega-3 fatty acids , the nutrients that make fish oil so healthy. You may even have heard of particular ones, such as DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) or EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). But unless you’re one of the scientists who worked on a study being published in Friday’s edition of the journal Cell , you surely have no idea why omega-3 fatty acids are so good at tamping down inflammation and enhancing sensitivity to insulin.
August 27, 2010
Fish oil has long been touted as one of nature's heart-helping natural compounds, but is it worth popping that jellied pill as part of your nutrition regime?  Might depend on who you are. A Dutch study found that people who had already suffered heart attacks did not significantly reduce their risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure and other cardiovascular events by eating about 400 mg of fish fatty acids per day. But the supplement did help those patients who had diabetes in addition to a past heart attack.
July 25, 2010 | By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times
George Bao felt like a rich man the first time he flew back to China from America. He had so many gifts for his family and friends, he was lugging eight cardboard boxes in addition to his suitcase. That was in the 1980s, when flights weren't crowded. The airline didn't even charge him for the extra luggage. As for what the gifts were, the memory makes him laugh. He had brought secondhand clothes scavenged from yard sales. "My father was so happy," said Bao, who watched the elderly farmer put on his first Western suit, beaming even though it didn't fit well.
March 15, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
Q: Which is better, fish oil or flax oil capsules? Both contain omega-3 fatty acids, but it is much harder for the body to utilize the fats from flaxseed oil. If your goal is to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, fish oil is preferable. During a recent stay in the hospital, while swallowing pills I mentioned to the nurse that I had a dread of having a large pill get stuck in my throat. She explained that the right way to swallow is to lower your chin down toward your chest.
February 8, 2010
Results haven't been unanimous, but a good deal of research suggests that healthy doses of potassium can help lower your blood pressure. A 2001 study based on data from more than 17,000 U.S. adults, for example, found that people who ate 8.5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables (about 4,100 milligrams of potassium) had lower blood pressures than people who ate 3.5 servings (1,700 milligrams) -- by an average of 7.2 mm Hg systolic and 2.8 mm Hg diastolic units. (One contributing factor in the success of the DASH diet may be potassium-rich fresh fruits and vegetables.
May 5, 2008 | Chris Woolston, Special to The Times
The products: All over the world -- Japan, the Arctic, Anaheim, wherever -- people who eat a lot of fish seem to enjoy unusual protection from heart disease. Not everyone can manage a plate of salmon or sashimi every night, but there's another option: fish oil capsules, the fatty extracts of anchovies, sardines or salmon poured into a package of gelatin. Fish oil is loaded with two omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
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