Archive for August, 2010

Fish are dying. Why, and how does it affect you, (and your Omega three capsules)?

You may, or may not have noticed recently that there is a phenomena occurring off the eastern shore of the US. And it may be of concern to anyone who takes their Omega three capsules.

You see there are millions of fish dying all along the east coast of the US. If this comes as news to you spend a little time on Google and find out a little more.

What is killing these fish and what does this have to do with anyone who takes their Omega three capsules?

The answer to the first question is that nobody is 100% sure what is killing the fish. Like everything there are plenty of theories, but no one is exactly sure.

Is it natural? Is it man made? Who knows. But it is a little scary that the seagulls are refusing to eat the fish. Do they know something that we don’t?

However it does seem a little coincidental that over the last few weeks, since the Gulf oil spill began, there has been much publicity about the use of Corexit to disperse the oil. And there is serious doubt about whether or not we should be putting Corexit in the sea at all.

There is evidence that the use of Corexit may well be seriously harmful to sea creatures. That in itself is a little worrying however it is also clear that Corexit doesn’t make the oil go away. What it does is break it up into very small pieces so that it disperses in the ocean rather than washing onto the shore.

Is it Corexit killing the fish? Is it the oil itself doing so? No one seems to know, though it does seem coincidental that this fish kill comes right after the worst oil spill in history and use of a highly questionable chemical to disperse it.

But what does this have to do with people taking Omega three capsules? In fact it raises some serious issues for anyone taking fish oil capsules unless they know exactly where the fish is caught from which the oil is extracted.

You see a lot of fish used for extraction of the oil for the purposes of use in Omega three capsules are caught in the waters between Europe and America. Now have a look at an image that shows you how the Gulfstream shall transport both the oil and the Corexit over time right into the waters of the North Atlantic.Dead fish and Omega three capsules

We have written extensively about the risks of contamination in fish and fish oil used in Omega three capsules. However this poses even more questions.

Do you think it’s likely that oil taken from fish caught between Europe and America will be tested for Corexit? No we don’t think so either. And if you’re taking Omega three supplements which source their oil from fish caught in this region you may well be eating Corexit, or oil residue.

Personally we prefer to take fish oil capsules which use oil from fish caught way down in the Southern Ocean south of New Zealand. There is no oil spill, or Corexit there. To see which we prefer click the banner on the right.

So if you don’t know where the fish comes from that is used for the extraction of oil that goes into your Omega three capsules maybe it’s time to do a little research on the source of the fish that provide the fish oil for use in the capsules that you take.

There’s no reason why you can’t email the company that makes your supplements and ask them the question. There’s absolutely no reason why you, as a customer or potential customer, can’t ask any question you want to about their products.

And if they won’t tell you where their fish, or fish oil comes from, then we, for one, would run a mile.

And if they do answer, and their fish comes from the Atlantic Ocean, then we wouldn’t be too keen on that either.

(Oh, here’s what we take. Completely safe)



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If you’ve got bad hearing studies are showing that Omega 3 supplementation may help

If you’ve read our website you’ll know that increasing your intake of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids can benefit a wide range of health problems. But did you know that eating more essential fatty acids can benefit those with bad hearing?

Yes you read that right. 2 recent studies, one in Australia and one in Holland, have concluded that increasing your intake of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids over the course of your life may reduce the likelihood of people suffering from poor hearing.

It is not entirely clear why this would be so, however there is one theory suggesting that just like in other areas of our health, the positive effect of Omega 3 essential fatty acids in improving the circulation can also increase circulation in the ear, which can have an impact on the hearing.Got bad hearing?

The study in Holland measured the hearing of the participants in the study at both high and low frequencies and then asked the participants in the study to fill in a questionnaire about their diet. This questionnaire was used to assess the level of fish consumption of each participant.

And 3 years later the same people were again measured and their Omega 3 intake status examined, and the resultant conclusion was that those who were suffering the greatest hearing loss were those with the lowest consumption of Omega 3 essential fatty acids, in other words the lowest consumption of seafood.

In a study in Australia it was found that those with the highest consumption of Omega 3 essential fatty acids were roughly 10 percent less likely to suffer from hearing loss compared to those with the lowest Omega 3 intake. This study was conducted over 5 years.

The progression of hearing loss was roughly half for those who ate fish once or twice a week when compared to others who ate fish rarely.

Of course two studies do not prove that increasing your consumption of Omega 3 essential fatty acids reduces hearing loss, though it certainly suggests further study, in particular to assess the mechanism by which this may occur.

However it is entirely clear that there are a wide range of other health benefits, many of which are now fully substantiated, attached to increasing your intake of essential fatty acids. If those with bad hearing can also benefit then this is good news indeed.

Hearing, along with eyesight, is one of the most important senses. Lose your hearing and you’ve got some real issues to deal with. Whilst we’re not saying that taking more Omega 3 in your diet will necessarily prevent you from losing your hearing, it’s too early for that, it may certainly be one of the many possible health benefits that come from more Omega 3 fats in your diet.

A daily fish oil capsule, or two, will do your health a world of good. And if you have bad hearing you may also find some benefits to your hearing.

It never ceases to amaze us how science is gradually uncovering a wide range of health conditions which can be benefited by daily Omega 3 supplementation. Whilst many, if not all, warrant further study it now seems clear that virtually all of us should take our daily dose of fish oil, including those with, or at risk of, hearing loss.

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Supplying Omega 3 for kids is very important. But how do you get them taking those capsules?

More and more adults are beginning to understand the importance of taking fish oil supplements containing the important essential fatty acids, known as Omega 3. Kids need Omega3 in their diet as well, however there are sometimes issues getting kids to take those capsules.

Today we want to consider consider fish oil for children, and in particular how to get kids to take fish oil capsules.

Science has clearly demonstrated over the last couple of decades that the essential fatty acids DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) are extremely important to our diet and our health and that most of us are lacking in these fatty acids because we’re eating less fish and the principal source of these fats is fish oil. Children too need more Omega3 fats in their diet.Omega 3 for kids

Evidence is showing that right from conception, and in particular in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy, Omega3 fats, and in particular DHA, are extremely important for the development of the fetus, and in particular the brain.

The same applies during childhood. An essential component of the diet for young children is the essential fatty acids called Omega3. Kids develop better and do better at school with an adequate supply of Omega3 essential fatty acids in the diet according to the studies.

But supplying fish oil for children in their diet isn’t necessarily easy. When they are young they are unable to take capsules, and so we suggest opening each fish oil capsule and pouring the oil onto their food.

However at a certain age you should be teaching your kids to take fish oil capsules. Here’s some tips on how you can help your kids learn to take fish oil capsules.

It’s much easier for them to swallow capsules if they do so with a liquid to help. However a thin liquid such as water or milk is not as effective as a thicker liquid, for example a smoothie.

If you give them a big gulp of a liquid such as a smoothie this will help them swallow the capsule. It also helps if you place the capsule on the back of the tongue, lengthways so that the point is facing down the throat.

Make sure that they are sitting up straight, and they should hold their head horizontally because tipping too far forward or back narrows the throat.

There is now little doubt that all of us need Omega3, kids being no exception. Initially opening the capsules and pouring the oil on their food works fine, but at a certain age you will need to start training them to take their own fish oil pills. Try it and if it doesn’t work try it again in year or so. Eventually they’ll learn.

Follow the instructions above and you should be able to help your children learn how to take Omega3 capsules relatively effortlessly. Providing fish oil for kids is important to their general health and development, and you need to do everything to ensure that taking their Omega3 is as easy as possible.

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Can Omega 3 supplements benefit hyperactive children?

There is a debate raging at the moment about the use of drugs to treat a hyperactive child. It seems from the debate that a diagnosis of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is very quick to be made and drugs are very quick to be prescribed.

We aren’t here today to buy into the debate about describing drugs for hyperactive children, or about the definitions of ADHD or when it should be diagnosed.

What we are here to do is to bring to your attention the results of studies which have shown that increasing a child’s intake of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids, and in particular DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid), the 2 most important of the Omega 3 fatty acids, may well have a role in reducing the incidence of hyperactivity in children, and may well have a role in improving the results that a child with a range of conditions may well experience at school.

Hyperactive child

Studies have clearly shown that over the last century our intake of the essential fatty acids has gradually declined and that now most of us, including children, are deficient in these important fats.

Research is also finding that increasing our intake of the Omega 3 fats has a wide range of health benefits, and in particular that it can improve our mental function from birth or even before that, right through to old age. DHA makes up a large part of our brain and therefore it would seem to make sense that if our intake of DHA in particular is low our brain may not function as well.

Studies are also now showing that a hyperactive child may well benefit from increasing his or her intake of the essential fatty acids. And in particular studies are showing that this increase in intake of the Omega 3 fats may well make a significant positive impact on the ability of the child to perform at school.

In a trial in Durham in the UK this was extensively studied. A group of children were selected on the basis that they were not doing particularly well at school, but not as a result of poor ability. Half the children selected were given Omega 3 supplements in the form of capsules and the other half were given a placebo, and as is the case in the studies none of the children knew which they were getting.

Results showed a significant improvement in the ability of the children receiving the Omega 3 fats to do better at school.

Whilst this does not prove that Omega3 supplements are a treatment for ADHD it certainly suggests that this should be studied further. And it’s not only ADHD, there are a number of other conditions that can be diagnosed in a hyperactive child which may also benefit including dyslexia and dyspraxia.

If you’re interested in reading much more about the study you can do so on the website of the BBC.

There seems to be a growing body of evidence that increasing the intake of Omega 3 essential fats is of benefit to all of us, including children and even the unborn. The health benefits of an increased essential fatty acid intake extend to a much wider range of health conditions than just ADHD, dyslexia or dyspraxia.

Whilst parents should not necessarily start their children taking Omega 3 supplements purely as a treatment for ADHD it is clear that there are other health benefits as well as this, and that there are a wide range of health reasons for increasing the essential fatty acid intake.

And of course this range of health benefits can be attracted to the parents as well as the children, provided the parents also supplement their diet with Omega 3 supplements.

If you have a hyperactive child you should always consult your doctor. However it is now clear that there is a growing recognition that most of us are deficient in Omega 3 fatty acid intake, and that all of us, including a hyperactive child, can benefit from increasing their intake of these fats.

But remember, not all Omega 3 supplements are the same, you should choose wisely is the best Omega 3 capsules offer significantly more health advantages than the worst

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