omega-3 fatty acids

  1. Omega-3s may slash diabetes risk

    The mainstream will tell you the only way to prevent diabetes is to cut down on fat -- which only proves they haven't been paying attention.

    Carbs are the real enemy.

    Some fats, like omega-3 fatty acids, can actually protect your heart -- and two new studies confirm yet again that these essential oils can slash your diabetes risk.

    In both studies, researchers say the lowest risk was among patients who had the highest levels of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), a short-chain fatty acid found in walnuts, flaxseed and canola.

    In a new examination of data on 3,088 U.S. adults who took part in a heart study, researchers found that patients with the highest ALA levels were 43 percent less likely to get diabetes than those with the lowest.

    In the second study, researchers in Singapore found that high ALA levels slashed diabetes risk by 20 percent.

    The researchers in that one didn't find any link between fish oil and a lower diabetes risk -- but it was also a weaker study, using interviews on dietary habits to estimate levels of fat intake.

    The U.S. study, on the other hand, measured actual blood levels of fatty acids -- and in addition to the link between ALA and diabetes risk, they found that patients with the highest levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) were 36 percent less likely to get diabetes than those with the lowest.

    EPA and DHA, of course, are the fatty acids found in fish as well as grass-fed meats and dairy.

    Now, you should be getting your omega-3 fatty acids in any case -- but let's not kid ourselves here: If you're eating fast food and gulping down soda, all the salmon in Alaska won't keep diabetes at bay.

    There's just no magic pill for that.

    Instead, make omega-3 fatty acids a key part in a healthy lifestyle low in sugars and refined carbohydrates -- and that's true even if you're not at risk for diabetes, because everyone needs these essential oils.

    Studies have found that omega-3s can boost levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol, lower triglycerides, protect your heart, keep your eyes sharp, and even ward off gum disease.

    One recent study found that fish oil can slash levels of homocysteine, an inflammation marker linked to heart disease, dementia, and more. (Read more here.)

    Another found that these fatty acids can help seniors beat depression. (Read more here.)

    Forget low-fat -- go full-fat instead... especially when those fats are the omega-3s.

  2. Next wave of meds aimed at HDL cholesterol

    The mainstream is so hung up on lowering levels of "bad" cholesterol that it might seem like they've forgotten all about the good stuff.

    But they haven't--and that's not a "good" thing.

    Right now, trials are under way on the next wave of meds Big Pharma hopes everyone will take, including you: Drugs designed to raise levels of HDL cholesterol.

    One drug currently under study, called anacetrapib, managed to raise those levels by 138 percent--but don't sign up for that trial yet.

    Just look at how the last promising HDL drug trial ended.

    Back in 2006, Pfizer thought it had found the magic formula for raising levels of good cholesterol--its experimental med raised HDL levels by 72 percent in a clinical trial.

    So far so good, right? I'm sure it seemed that way--right up until the moment researchers realized patients who combined the experimental new drug with a statin were actually dropping dead at an alarming rate.

    A recent article in the Los Angeles Times looked inside the race to create an HDL cholesterol drug--and, amazingly, not once in 861 words did it mention that you can raise your levels easily and effectively, right now, without drugs.

    Eating fatty fish--or taking a fish oil supplement--can dramatically boost HDL cholesterol levels and lower triglycerides.

    It's so widely accepted that Big Pharma is trying to get in on the action with a prescription fish oil "drug"--but you can get the same results from any high- quality over-the-counter omega-3 supplement.

    Statin-loving docs may not talk about HDL cholesterol as much as LDL, especially since there's no real drug for it yet (aside from that prescription fish oil). But don't let that silence fool you: This stuff is critical.

    Low HDL can boost your risk for heart disease, stoke, depression, and some forms of cancer.

    One new study finds that low HDL could even boost your risk of Alzheimer's disease.

    Researchers examined data on 1,130 seniors, and found that patients with the highest levels of HDL cholesterol were 60 percent less likely to be diagnosed with the condition than the others, according to the study in Archives of Neurology.

    Since the same omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil that can raise HDL are also essential to brain health, the link isn't exactly a stunner--so make sure you get in on some "brain food" today... before your doctor has a chance to push the next generation of cholesterol meds on you.

  3. How fish oil helps your teeth

    The latest research finds that fish oil isn't just terrific for your brain and your heart--it can also help your smile.
  4. Eyes on omega-3 fatty acids

    Here's a quick and easy way to dramatically lower your risk of the top age-related sight disorder... go fishin'!
  5. Eyes on omega-3 fatty acids

    Here's a quick and easy way to dramatically lower your risk of the top age-related sight disorder… go fishin'!
  6. Hearts & minds: The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids

    Do you want to keep your mind in top shape and lower your risk for dementia? The answer is simple: Eat more fish.
  7. Don't fear seafood during pregnancy

    In recent years, pregnant women have been scared to death of seafood because of the possibility that some of it may have high mercury levels.
  8. Omega-3 for your eyes

    The latest research shows that omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent a top cause of blindness among older folks: age-related macular degeneration.
  9. Super study a super waste

    Here's what happens when you let Washington bureaucrats decide the fate of medical research: They pick a project guaranteed to get us nowhere.
  10. More good news on Omega 3

    A new study shows that those wonderful omega-3 fatty acids – the ones we no longer get enough of – may play a role in fighting heart disease in diabetics.
  11. War on fat is killing Americans

    We have more evidence that mainstream medicine's war on fat is not just misguided – it's killing us.

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