Omega-3 May Reduce Heart Patients’ Hospital Stay

Omega 3 reducyses hospital staA new analysis suggests Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids supplemented beforehand reduced cardiac surgery patients hospital stay over 2 days.  Complications of post operative cardiac complications, like irregular heartbeats, were also reduced with supplementation of Omega-3 essential fatty acids.

Data from over 1000 patients participating in 11 randomized controlled trials was reviewed in this meta-analysis.  Although primary outcomes (length of stay (LOS) in the intensive care unit (ICU)) were not affected with Omega 3 supplementation, secondary outcomes (LOS and postoperative atrial fibrillation) were affected.

Reductions in hospital stays were associated with the Omega-3 group having reductions in postoperative atrial fibrillation and Omega-3’s anti-inflammatory and anti-arrhythmic properties.

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Heightened Liver Cancer Risk Linked to Low Selenium Levels

SeleniumA recent study found an increased risk of developing cancer of the liver may be linked with low levels of the trace mineral selenium.  Western diets and lifestyles were blamed for this selenium deficiency.

Data from the EPIC cohort study was analyzed to provide data for this study.  Over 500,000 men and women between the ages of 25 and 70 participated in the EPIC cohort study between the years 1992 and 2000.  Study participants filled out questionnaires regarding lifestyle information like activity levels, medical and smoking histories and education.  Blood levels of selenium were also collected.  A control group was established by utilizing data from 121 individuals with liver cancer and 140 individuals with biliary tract and bladder cancer.  Equal numbers of individuals who were cancer free were matched against the first group.

Observational and experimental evidence found low intakes of the trace mineral selenium contributed to the development of many cancers.  Selenium is known to protect cells from oxidative stress and this role may account for the outcome of this study.

A growing body of data shows increasing rates of liver cancer in industrialized countries due to unhealthy lifestyle and dietary habits.  Treatment options may be limited since liver cancers are usually diagnosed at later stages.

Further research is planned.

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Low COQ10 Levels Linked With Neurodegeneration

neurodegnerationA new study has found people with multiple system atrophy have low levels of CoQ10 and could be helped with supplementation of this important cell oxygenator.  Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a rare neurological disorder.  The body’s autonomic (involuntary) functions like bladder function, digestion, heart rate and blood pressure are impaired.  MSA formerly called Shy-Drager syndrome shares many symptoms with Parkinson’s disease.

Over 40 patients with MSA, with an average age of 64, and 39 control patients, with an average age of 60, participated in this study.  Blood samples from the MSA patients where compared with the control group who had no neurodegenerative diseases.

Plasma levels of CoQ10 were significantly lower in the participants with MCA regardless of age, sex and COQ2 genotype.  COQ2 is a protein coding gene which is involved with the biosynthesis of CoQ10.  3 of the MSA participants had a mutation in their COQ2 genotype and had even lower plasma levels of CoQ10 than other individuals who did not carry the mutation.

A Phase II clinical trial is planned for the early part of next year to assess the efficacy of CoQ10 in patients with MSA.  Researchers believe that high doses of CoQ10 will be needed to deliver adequate amounts of this nutrient into the brain.  A Phase I clinical trial to determine the safety of supplementation with high dosages of CoQ10 on healthy participants has just been completed.

Prior studies suggest CoQ10 may increase blood flow to the brain.

ATP or adenosine triphosphate is the main molecule that serves as an energy source for all biochemical and physiological processes in the body. ATP is manufactured via a complex process in a tiny part of the cell known as the mitochondria. Within the mitochondria, CoQ10 plays a major role as part of the electron transport chain, the major metabolic pathway for making energy in every cell. The process of electron transport produces free radicals that may cause damage to healthy cells. CoQ10, as an antioxidant helps neutralize these free radicals helping to support continued function of the mitochondria and other important cellular components. CoQ10 has been extensively studied for its ability to support cardiovascular function.  It has been shown to help support the heart muscle, normal, healthy blood pressure a well as provide benefit to individual’s taking cholesterol lowering medications. These medications have been shown to reduce blood levels of CoQ10.

 

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Omega-3’s Shows Potential for PTSD

omega3-ptsd-jpegA new study shows individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may benefit from Omega-3 supplementation on a daily basis.  PTSD is known to produce symptoms like a pounding heart which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD).  Additionally Omega-3’s are effective for psychiatric disorders like depression which also is associated with PTSD.

Over 80 accident survivors participated in this randomized, placebo-controlled study.  Participants were randomly assigned to receive either 1,470 mg of DHA and 147 mg of EPA or a placebo daily.  The study lasted for 12 weeks.

Heart rates at the start of the study were comparable between all participants.  Results showed individuals who were taking the Omega-3 supplements had reductions in their heart rates both at rest and during script-driven imagery when compared with the placebo group.

This adds further evidence that the Military’s interest in Omega-3 is growing.  The Military has shown interest in Omega-3 for mood enhancement, reduction in suicide rates among current and former personnel, improvements in recovery from traumatic brain injury as well as improvements in reaction time for fighter pilots.

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B Vitamins and Omega-3’s The Ultimate Cognitive Cocktail

Brain supplements-jpegIn a recent study adding Omega-3’s to B vitamins provides a synergistic benefit for aiding in slowing the mental decline in older people with mild memory problems.

Over 250 people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) participated in this placebo-controlled study which lasted two years.  MCI is a condition where the brain functions at levels lower than what is usually expected for a person’s age.  Brain function although lower than expected is not low enough to interfere with a person’s daily life.  MCI can however progress to dementia.  Blood levels of DHA and EPA as well as cognition were tested throughout the study period.

Researchers found that for individuals with higher baseline Omega-3 levels the B vitamins were helpful for preventing cognitive decline when compared to the placebo.  Individuals with low levels of Omega-3 had little or no effect from the B vitamin supplements.

Further studies to see if B vitamins and Omega-3 supplementation can slow the transition from MCI to Alzheimer’s are planned.

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Chromium May Lower Diabetes Risk

 

Illustration of the element Chromium
Illustration of the element Chromium

Chromium May Lower Diabetes Risk:

According to new research people supplementing with chromium, a trace mineral, may be less likely to develop Type-2 Diabetes.

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey was analyzed.  Researchers concluded that the odds of having Type 2 diabetes were reduced in people who had consumed supplements containing chromium within the last 30 days.

According to the Centers for Disease Control approximately 9% of the more than 29 million Americans have diabetes.  One in three Americans are considered to be prediabetic.  Adults with diabetes have a 50% higher risk of death when compared with individuals without the disease.  Type-2 diabetics make up the majority of people diagnosed with diabetes and are unable to use insulin properly.

According to published studies, people who supplement with the mineral chromium are less likely to have Type-2 diabetes.  Many cases of Type-2 diabetes are preventable according to the Centers for Disease Control.

In the past chromium was popular with diabetics who believed this mineral helped lower blood sugar levels.  However research backing up these beliefs was limited.  This new research renews interest in this mineral.

Further studies are planned.

Can’t Sleep?

sleeplessness-jpegGABA Ingredient Shows Sleep Benefits:

A new study finds GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) may aid people in falling asleep faster.  Researchers also found longer, successive deep, non-REM, stages of sleep, known to be the most beneficial portion of the sleep cycle, with GABA supplementation.

What is GABA?  According to Web MD :

GABA, technically an amino acid, is a neurotransmitter that blocks impulses between nerve cells in the brain. Low levels of GABA may be linked to:

  • Anxiety or mood disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Chronic pain

Researchers suspect that GABA may boost mood or have a calming, relaxing effect on the nervous system.

10 people participated in this study.  Participants had an average age of 37.7 years of age.  According to the PSQI (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index) all participants were determined to have a high probability of sleep disorders.  The study lasted three weeks.  Blood analysis showed a rapid absorption of the GABA supplement usually within 30 minutes of being administered.  The remaining trace levels of GABA dropped off rapidly after that time.  Participants reported waking up feeling alert and refreshed after supplementation.

According to a 2014 Consumer survey Insomnia was tied as the fourth most prominent health concern for Americans.  Stress, tiredness and fatigue and allergy ranked higher.

Currently most over the counter sleep aid products contain analgesics (Tylenol PM, Advil PM and Excedrin PM).

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