Increasing Your Omega-3 Index – Part 1: Foods

16 Mar 2017 | Under News, Omega-3 Index, Research, Uncategorized | Posted by | 0 Comments

March is National Nutrition Month, so a natural topic for our blog is to cover the best dietary sources of omega-3s. We and others have shown that dietary intake of omega-3s EPA+DHA is the main driver of Omega-3 Index levels, both in observational and intervention studies (Block et al. 2008; Harris 2007). But, as with […]

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Research Update: Omega-3 Index is related to a longer life… again!

22 Feb 2017 | Under News, Omega-3 Index, Research | Posted by | 0 Comments

Another research study has confirmed that people with higher Omega-3 Index levels have a longer lifespan. In fact, 12 of 13 studies looking at this relationship have come to the same conclusion. Dr. Bill Harris, the President of OmegaQuant, co-authored this paper which looked at the Omega-3 Index levels of participants in the Women’s Health […]

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The Birth of the Omega-3 Index

8 Feb 2017 | Under Heart Health, News, Omega-3 Index | Posted by | 0 Comments

If you have searched the depths of our website, you will be able to find a publication list that provides ample evidence for the use of the Omega-3 Index as a marker of omega-3 intake and disease risk. However, you may not have had time to scour the scientific literature and we don’t blame you! […]

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Blood fatty acid signature may predict ALS progression

24 Jan 2017 | Under Omega-3 Index, Research | Posted by | 0 Comments

A particular blood fatty acid pattern may help diagnose or predict the prognosis of individuals with ALS [amyotrophic lateral sclerosis], a devastating condition wherein a person slowly loses the ability to control his or her body. ALS was made famous by Lou Gehrig (as shown on the left, next to Babe Ruth), who acquired the […]

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Research Update: Increasing blood omega-3 levels in pregnant women reduces the child’s risk for asthma      

Increasing a pregnant woman’s blood omega-3 levels may reduce their child’s risk of developing asthma, according to a new study from Denmark. This evidence adds to the growing support for universal DHA supplementation of pregnant women. According to CDC asthma affects 8.6% of children under age 18 (6.3 million) and costs ~$56 billion in the […]

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A Lower Omega-3 Index Increased the Risk of Having Cognitive Impairment

2 Nov 2016 | Under Mental Health, Omega-3 Index, Research | Posted by | 0 Comments

Why do zombies eat BRAINS? Because they are chock-full of omega-3s! OK, that’s the extent of the Halloween-theme for this blog, but we are going to talk about something really scary – aging. Being able to age well depends greatly on brain health, and as we have seen in more and more research studies, omega-3 […]

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Increasing blood omega-3 levels helps relieve arthritis symptoms in older dogs

14 Sep 2016 | Under News, Omega-3 Index, Research | Posted by | 0 Comments

We love our dogs. Seeing them in pain with arthritis at 7 or 8 years of age is as painful to us as it is to them. With years of life ahead of them, we want to help them continue to run, hike, walk, chase and jump up on the bed. Many people turn to […]

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Increasing the Omega-3 Index helps a damaged heart recover

10 Aug 2016 | Under Omega-3 Index, Research, Uncategorized | Posted by | 0 Comments

After someone has had a heart attack, some of their heart tissue has been damaged or is dead (“myocardial infarct”). The ability for the heart to “remodel” itself in order to compensate for the dead tissue or even revive said tissue is imperative for the heart to be able to function again; if the heart […]

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Confirmation of Omega-3 Index Target Values from New Study in JAMA-Internal Medicine

5 Jul 2016 | Under Heart Health, Omega-3 Index, Research | Posted by | 0 Comments

There has been controversy in recent years about the relationship between omega-3 fatty acids and risk for heart disease, fatal and non-fatal. A new paper published in JAMA (June 2016) by Del Gobbo et al. pooled individual patient data from 19 cohorts, which included over 45,000 patients, and compared their risk for fatal and non-fatal […]

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DHA Deficit in Bipolar Disorder

21 Jun 2016 | Under Mental Health, Omega-3 Index, Research | Posted by | 0 Comments

Bipolar disorder is a disorder of the brain that is characterized by periods of depression and mania. Like many brain-related diseases such as depression and ADHD, there is a hypothesis that omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA, may play a role in its pathophysiology and possibly its treatment. Drs. McNamara and Welge of the University of […]

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