omega-3 fatty acids

  1. Statins can't cut clot risk

    Don't take cholesterol meds to prevent blood clots

    Statins aren't even the best way to accomplish the main thing they're approved for, and that's lower cholesterol levels -- so I certainly wouldn't trust them with anything even more important.

    Yet these meds are touted for everything from heart protection to cancer prevention, and some people even take them because they believe the drugs will lower the risk of a blood clot.

    But if you're at risk for this potentially deadly condition, the last thing you want to do is put your faith in a statin.

    One new look at data on some 100,000 patients who took part in one of 29 published and unpublished trials finds absolutely no difference in clot risk between those who took the meds and those who didn't.


    The only "study" to find a clot benefit was the one that isn't worth anything despite all the attention it gets -- the 2009 JUPITER trial, which had more conflicts than I can list here and found that statins can increase the risk of diabetes.

    The study was funded by a statin maker and cut off years too early, pretty much as soon as they got the positive results they were looking for.

    What's more, the study used healthy patients -- patients who by definition aren't even at risk of a clot in the first place, which is why just 94 of the 17,800 patients in the trial developed one.

    That's simply not enough people to draw any conclusions from, and I'd question any doctor who uses the JUPITER trial to push statins for any reason at all.

    But that doesn't mean you're powerless to prevent clots.

    The condition is often caused by high blood levels of the protein fibrinogen. Lower those levels, and you can lower your risk -- and if you're taking one of the most popular supplements in the world today, you're already one step ahead on this.

    The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can cut fibrinogen levels by as much as 10 percent. The enzyme nattokinase can also help here. And if you want to add a little zip to your meals and boost your heart health at the same time, eat more garlic.

    Garlic can slash fibrinogen, prevent platelets from clumping, and improve overall circulation. The only downside is you might want to stock up on breath mints.

    Also make sure you drink enough water during the day and get regular exercise so your blood doesn't thicken and increase your risk of clots.

    But let me get back to statins here. Like I said earlier, they're not even the best way to lower cholesterol levels. In fact, you're better off with a simple piece of fruit.

    Keep reading to find out more!

  2. More than half of all seafood is mislabeled

    Something fishy about your seafood

    If you've paid big money for wild-caught salmon, you may have paid too much -- because salmon isn't always what it appears to be.

    In too many cases, that "wild-caught" salmon is a finned fraud... farmed salmon deliberately mislabeled in an attempt to rob you of your hard-earned grocery money.

    It doesn't end with salmon, either.

    In a series of recent DNA tests carried out across the country, the Oceana organization found fish such as salmon, grouper, snapper, and cod mislabeled with alarming frequency in restaurants and supermarkets.

    In Los Angeles, 55 percent of the fish were fakes. In Boston, it was 48 percent. It was 36 percent in Monterey and 31 percent in Miami.

    This isn't just a matter of getting what you paid for, although that's certainly part of it. There are health issues involved here, too -- big ones.

    For example, king mackerel is often sold as grouper. Just one problem: King mackerel is known for its high mercury content and shouldn't be eaten at all. So they just call it grouper and hope no one notices.

    With a little lemon butter, they taste pretty much the same.

    And that salmon I mentioned earlier? Farmed salmon can be loaded with drugs such as antibiotics and chemical contaminants like PCBs.

    If that's not enough, farmed salmon isn't even as healthy as wild salmon -- it has higher levels of fat, but much lower levels of the omega-3 fatty acids that help make salmon such a great choice.

    And because the farmed fish are higher in fat, they're lower in healthy lean protein.

    Short of catching the fish yourself, it's tough to know what's what -- but if you know your fish, you can cut down on some of the fraud by buying whole fish instead of filets.

    Grouper and king mackerel, for example, don't look anything like each other.

    And when it comes to salmon, do your homework. Make sure you know where your shop is getting its fish from, and don't make assumptions just because you've been shopping at the same place for years.

    If they say their fish is wild caught, ask them to prove it -- and if they can't, shop someplace else.

  3. Pradaxa quickly climbs the list of dangerous drugs

    The blood thinner Pradaxa is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous drugs on the market, and is now at the center of a growing number of lawsuits.
  4. Walnuts can boost sperm quality

    It's the nutty way to boost fertility: Men given walnuts for 12 weeks had better sperm quality than men told to avoid all nuts.
  5. Intravenous immunoglobulin may halt Alzheimer's related decline

    A new treatment is showing incredible promise in the war on dementia, putting the disease on hold for three years. New treatment could put Alzheimer's on hold.
  6. Omega-3 fatty acid DHA can protect your vision

    The omega-3 fatty acid DHA can protect your eyes from age-related vision loss by sweeping toxins out of your retina.
  7. Selenium and CoQ10 work together to reduce heart risk

    The natural supplements selenium and coenzyme Q10 are shown in a new study to cut the risk of death by heart disease in half.
  8. Eggs can help you stay fuller longer and eat less at lunch

    The best breakfast is a plate of eggs as researchers find that they can help you stay fuller longer and even eat less at lunch.
  9. Easy and inexpensive ways to boost your brainpower

    Want to be smart? Follow your mother's advice and don't forget to take your vitamins -- because even the basics can deliver noticeable and almost immediate benefits.
  10. Feed your brain some fat

    There are plenty of places on the body where you definitely don't want fat building up. But there's one place you want as fat as can be, and that's right inside your skull.
  11. Fish oil and vitamin A can save your vision

    Some two million people around the world suffer from a serious degenerative eye disease that literally has no treatment at all beyond "cross your fingers and hope for the best." But if you're suffering from the gradual -- and ultimately total -- loss of vision that marks retinitis pigmentosa, you don't have to cross your fingers anymore.
  12. Fish oil can slash A-fib risk

    Fish oil isn't just the best natural way to fight the ravages of heart disease -- it's also the best way to avoid problems with your ticker in the first place.
  13. Power your sperm with seafood

    Gentlemen, if you want to keep your sperm swimming -- and who doesn't? -- head on over to the nearest fish market and load up on tuna and salmon.
  14. The key vitamins that will protect your brain

    Some brains, however, shrink faster than others -- and since this rapid loss of gray matter is often a warning sign of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, you want to limit your own shrinkage as much as possible. And the best way to do that is with the vitamins you should be getting anyway.
  15. Nothing fishy about it: Seafood will boost your brainpower

    "Fish is brain food" is the kind of age-old folk wisdom that's been proven time and again by cutting-edge science -- and the latest research confirms that the best way to keep your brain swimming in gray matter is with a steady diet of fish.
  16. Eyes linked to heart risk

    When it comes to heart disease, it looks like the eyes have it. Researchers say they can spot who's more likely to suffer the life-threatening condition by simply checking for yellow spots on the eyelids. People who have them face a 50-percent increase in the risk of a heart attack.
  17. Brain stents kill stroke patients

    Six years ago, the feds rushed the approval of brain stents for patients facing a high risk of stroke, claiming they needed to act quickly on "compassionate" grounds.
  18. Heart risk for aspirin quitters

    Despite what you've heard from decades of TV commercials, the last thing your heart needs to help it keep beating is a daily dose of aspirin.
  19. Diabetics can go nuts

    Well whaddaya know -- it turns out small changes in your diet can lead to small changes in your health. Researchers asked diabetics to replace a little of their daily carbs with either more carbs or nuts... and found that those who went nuts had slight improvements in blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
  20. The real secret to saving your eyes

    At some point in the next month, the feds are expected to approve a new drug to help treat macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in seniors.

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