Could EPA Omega-3 Supplements Help With PTSD?

ptsdA new paper points to increased levels of the EPA Omega 3 essential fatty acid being associated with reductions in the severity of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.

A secondary analysis of data generated from a placebo-controlled trial was done.  Participants were assigned to randomly receive either an Omega-3 supplement containing 1,470 mg of DHA and 147 mg of EPA or a placebo daily.  The study lasted 12 weeks. For the participants in the Omega-3 supplement group the  severity of their PTSD symptoms were related to their levels of EPA+DHA, EPA only and the ratio of EPA to AA (Arachidonic Acid, an Omega 6 essential fatty acid).  Higher levels of EPA+DHA, EPA only and EPA to AA were associated with decreases in the severity of PTSD symptoms.

Researchers theorize that EPA’s anti-inflammatory properties may explain the results of this most current review.  Additionally they believe that EPA supplements may have a benefit in preventing depression and PTSD.

The military began showing interest in Omega-3 back in 2014 when they focused on the fatty acids as “nutritional armor” in their November issue of Military Medicine.  They looked at Omega-3 and its ability to improve mood, reduce suicide rate of both ex-military and active military, speed up recovery of individuals suffering from traumatic brain injury and improving reaction times of fighter pilots.

More studies are needed.

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Omega 3 and 6 May Improve Reading for Children

Omega-3 Children's ReadingAccording to a recent study improved reading skills in mainstream schoolchildren was seen with daily supplementation with both Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids.

Over 150 schoolchildren in grade 3 (9 and 10 years of age) participated in this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial.  Participants took the Logos test (A computer based test) that measures their skills in reading in various ways, including vocabulary, ability to read nonsense works and reading speed.  The children received either an Omega 3 and Omega 6 supplement or a placebo containing palm oil.  The study lasted 6 months.  Parents, children and the researchers were unaware of which participants received the supplement and which received the placebo until the study was completed.  After an initial 3 month period all of the children began receiving the actual Omega 3 and Omega 6 supplement for an additional 3 months.

Researchers could see an improvement in the participants reading skills for the supplement group in comparison to the placebo group even after the first 3 month period.  Particularly obvious was the ability to read nonsense words aloud and phonologically decode the word so that the word was pronounced correctly.

No children who had been diagnosed with ADHD participated in this study but parents were able to identify children with milder attention problems.  These children saw even larger improvements in many tests including faster reading times.

 Further studies are needed according to researchers.

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Kids with Vitamin D Deficiency More Likely to Develop Asthma

asthmaA new study has found children who are deficient in Vitamin D are more likely to develop asthma as well as allergies and eczema.

According to researchers this study was the first of its kind to track Vitamin D levels from birth to the onset of the asthmatic condition.  A clear link between prolonged Vitamin D deficiencies in early childhood and asthma was shown.

Children’s Vitamin D status was assessed at birth and follow ups were performed at ages ½ year, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, 5 years and 10 years.  Children with low Vitamin D levels during their first few years of life were more likely to have allergic immune responses than children with normal Vitamin D levels.  Children with a Vitamin D deficiency at 6 months of age were more likely to have more harmful bacteria in their upper airways in addition to an increased tendency to have severe lower respiratory infections with a fever.  These are two conditions that have previously been associated with increased risks for the development of asthma.

Researchers believe that babies who are deficient in Vitamin D have an increased level of harmful bacteria in their upper airway and then become more prone to critical infections in the respiratory tract.  It is known that Vitamin D plays an integral role in supporting a healthy immune function and promoting the development of healthy lungs.

Further studies are needed.

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Vitamin E May Help Prevent Pneumonia in Non-Smoking Elderly Men

vitamin eA meta-analysis found a reduction in the risk of pneumonia in elderly male smokers after they quit smoking when supplementing with Vitamin E.

Data from over 7,000 participants in the Alpha-Tocopherol Beta-Carotene Prevention (ATBC) Study which began in 1985 and ended in 1993 was reviewed.  The participants in the ATBC randomized trial were males from the age of 50 to 69 years of age.  The age the participants started to smoke affected the results of the Vitamin E on pneumonia.  For the participants who began smoking at a later age, 21 years or older, Vitamin E supplementation reduced their risk of getting pneumonia by 35% and 69% for a subgroup of light smokers who exercised regularly.

For those who started smoking before the age of 21 there was no benefit seen in Vitamin E supplementation and reductions in the risk of pneumonia.

One third of the over 7,000 participants had quit smoking for a period.  In this group there was a 72% reduction in the incidence of pneumonia in the group supplementing with Vitamin E.  This benefit was also seen in those who smoked heavily or who did not exercise.

Further research on Vitamin E is needed.

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Red Wine Compound Can Reset Infertility Hormones

resveratrolAccording to a new study Resveratrol, a compound found in Red Wine, may help tackle a hormone disparity in women with a common condition that could cause infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).  PCOS causes an overproduction of the hormone testosterone and has been determined to affect between 6 to 8% of all women who are of reproductive age.  Other hormones like DHEAS (dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate) are also produced in excessive amounts.

Women with PCOS experience absent or irregular menstrual periods, infertility or increased facial and body hair.  Women with PCOS also have a higher risk of developing diabetes.

30 women with PCOS participated in this randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study.  The study lasted 3 months.  Hormone levels of testosterone and other hormones were determined by participants who gave blood samples at the beginning and at the end of the study period.  Tests to determine glucose tolerance were also given at the beginning and the end of the study to assess the risk factors for diabetes.

Resveratrol has been identified in prior studies to aid in regulating excess hormone production in the ovaries and in its ability to hamper cell multiplication and growth without any cytotoxic effects.  Additionally studies have shown Resveratrol may lower the risk of developing diabetes by aiding the body’s ability to utilize insulin.

Researchers found testosterone levels dropped by 23.1% in the participants supplementing with Resveratrol in comparison with those supplementing with the placebo who saw a 2.9% increase in testosterone levels.  DHEAS levels declined by 22.2% in the Resveratrol group and rose 10.5% in the group supplementing with the placebo.

Further studies are needed.

Resveratrol, a compound found in Red Wine, has been shown to support a healthy heart in addition to providing the anti-aging benefits associated with a reduced calorie diet which in turn aids in supporting the overall health of living cells.

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DHA Supplement Benefits Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment

Cognitive FunctionDaily supplementation with Omega-3 may improve IQ in older individuals with mild cognitive impairment, according to a new study.

Over 200 individuals age 65 and above, who had mild cognitive impairment, participated in this double-blind placebo controlled study.  Participants received either 2 grams of DHA daily or a corn oil placebo daily.  The study lasted 12 months.  Measures of cognitive function were measured at the onset of the study, at six months and at 12 months.

A significant difference (10%) in the Full-Scale Intelligence Quotient (IQ) was seen in the group supplementing with the DHA in comparison with the placebo.  In addition, significant increases in 2 IQ sub tests (Information and Digit Span) were seen in the group supplementing with the DHA.  These 2 tests are used to determine long term and short term memory.

Additional longer term studies are the next step.

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Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Protect Infants From Allergy

Baby AllergiesA new study shows daily supplementation of Omega-3 essential fatty acids during pregnancy may reduce the risk of allergies in children.

95 pregnant women from families with a history of allergies participated in this study.  Participants were randomly assigned to receive either a daily Omega-3 supplement (containing 1.6 grams of EPA and 1.1 grams of DHA) or a placebo which contained 2.7 grams of soy bean oil.  This supplementation began in the 25th week of pregnancy and lasted until the third month of lactation.

Results showed that increasing the intake of essential fatty acid (EPA and DHA) levels in colostrum and early mature milk corresponded with fewer allergies in children.  None of the children whose mothers were supplementing with Omega-3 developed IgE-associated allergic disease when there was enough EPA and DHA in maternal colostrum.  Although not certain, researchers believe the anti inflammatory benefits of Omega-3 might be responsible for this result.

The amount of allergic diseases is continuing to rise globally according to the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED).  This organization believes that given the results of this study highlighting the protective benefits of both EPA and DHA on IgE associated allergic disease in infancy and other proven benefits of Omega-3’s (Like the reduction in the risk of early preterm births) the question is now how much Omega-3 should we be supplementing not should we be supplementing Omega-3.

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