RESEARCH UPDATE: Taking trans fats out of food supply resulted in fewer cardiovascular-related hospital admissions

5 Oct 2015 | Under Heart Health, News, Research, Trans Fat Index | Posted by | 0 Comments

RESEARCH UPDATE Today, we are updating a blog we wrote about the decline of trans fats in our food supply and the subsequent drop in blood levels of trans fats [see original blog post below]. What should follow this change in the food supply is a drop in cardiovascular disease… which is exactly what researchers […]

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Fall, football and … fish?

14 Sep 2015 | Under Heart Health, News, Omega-3 Index, Research | Posted by | 0 Comments

It’s football season again! In honor of the real start of football season (sorry, college football, but it’s not fall until NFL football is blaring from our TVs on Sunday afternoons… and Monday Nights… and Thursday nights!), we are blogging today about a typical kind of study done with omega-3 supplements.  The catch is the […]

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Staring at a screen all day? Omega-3s may be able to help those dry eyes

2 Sep 2015 | Under Omega-3 Index, Research | Posted by | 0 Comments

Between mobile phones, tablets, and the increasing number of jobs that require people to sit at a computer all day long, research is showing that “screen-related” eye problems are becoming more common.  These include dry eye, eye strain, tired eyes, headache, vertigo/dizziness, difficulty refocusing, burning, redness, blurred or double vision, backache and neck pain.  Evidence […]

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New research: Staying stronger for longer with omega-3s

27 Jul 2015 | Under Omega-3 Index, Research | Posted by | 0 Comments

  Loss of muscle mass in aging is a natural process but also leads to some of the worst aspects of aging such as the loss of independence due to falling and breaking bones.  Exercise and adequate protein intake are important for maintaining or lessening the reduction in muscle mass, but is there more we […]

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The Omega-3 Index and Inflammation: Results from the Framingham Study

1 Jun 2015 | Under Heart Health, Omega-3 Index, Research | Posted by | 0 Comments

  Omega-3 fatty acids are often referred to as “anti-inflammatory” fatty acids.  The studies in animals are convincing but measuring inflammation in humans in notoriously difficult.  Here we review a paper (Fontes JD, et al. 2015, Atherosclerosis) that was recently published by Dr. Bill Harris, the President and CEO of OmegaQuant, and colleagues from Boston University. […]

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Fish Oils Block Cancer Drugs? Really?

9 Apr 2015 | Under News, Omega-3 Index, Research | Posted by | 0 Comments

A recent report that attracted significant press claimed that taking fish oil “may” render some cancer chemotherapeutic drugs less effective. That’s scary! But is it true? Below is a summary of the study with some reasoned caveats that somehow got missed in the press reports. Study 1: Mice Cisplatin is a cancer drug that shrinks […]

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OQ response to NYT Article: “Fish oil claims not supported by research”

3 Apr 2015 | Under News, Research | Posted by | 0 Comments

Earlier this week, The New York Times published an article entitled, “Fish oil claims not supported by research.” Below is a response to the article written by Bill Harris, the president of OmegaQuant and long-time omega-3 researcher. — As a long-time researcher in omega-3s, I’ve watched the fish oil rollercoaster since the mid 1980s. This […]

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Omega-3s help boys both with and without ADHD pay better attention

26 Mar 2015 | Under Mental Health, Omega-3 Index, Research | Posted by | 0 Comments

We usually blame the seemingly increasing prevalence of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) of children in school on lack of exercise, too much technology, lack of structure, environmental pollutants, or even too much sugar. While there are multiple factors contributing to ADHD, omega-3 fatty acids have been studied as a possible treatment or addition to traditional […]

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Fish during Pregnancy – Friend or Foe?

6 Feb 2015 | Under Mother's Milk DHA Testing, Research | Posted by | 0 Comments

The decision for a pregnant woman to eat fish is not easy. They may hear: “Avoid fish high in mercury,” or “only eat oily fish,” or “NO SUSHI!” The reason there are so many stipulations on fish intake for pregnant women is because fish are a source of both methyl mercury (which can be damaging […]

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How to Pick Your Fish Oil Supplement

16 Jan 2015 | Under News, Omega-3 Index | Posted by | 0 Comments

There are an overwhelming number of omega-3 supplements from which to choose.  Here is a quick overview of what to look for to help guide your omega-3 supplement decisions.  For more information, please check out our “Omega-3 Sources” page. 1. Read the label! In fish oil, krill oil, or any other kind of “omega-3-rich” oil […]

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