‘A compelling story’: Meta-analysis supports omega-3s for heart disease risk reduction

EPA and DHA omega-3s from food and supplements may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), according to results of a new meta-analysis.

Data from 18 randomized clinical trials (RCTs) indicated that EPA and DHA were associated with a non-statistically significant 6% risk reduction in CHD among all populations, while the risk reduction increased to a statistically significant 18% when data from 16 prospective cohort studies was assessed.

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Omega 3 fatty acids help major depression

A trial reported in 2016 indicates that supplementation with omega 3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) can help improve major depression.

The study shows that both high levels of EPA+DHA at baseline and supplementation with these two omega 3 fatty acids result in favorable post-treatment outcomes in major depression patients.

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Mediterranean diet better for the heart than taking statins, major study suggests

New research suggests that eating a Mediterranean diet may prolong the lives of heart patients.

“Adherence to the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of overall mortality, not only in the general population — which is already known, but in patients who already suffered a heart attack,” said study researcher Dr. Giovanni de Gaetano. He is head of the department of epidemiology and prevention at the I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed Institute in Pozzilli, Italy. Continue reading “Mediterranean diet better for the heart than taking statins, major study suggests”

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Reduce Risk of Fatal Heart Attack

Consuming  omega-3 fatty acids may significantly lower your risk of dying from a heartattack, according to the most thorough study to date on this contested nutritional topic.

Previous research on fish oil supplements and other sources of omega-3 fatty acids has shown mixed results, with some studies revealing heart-healthy benefits and others finding no benefit at all.

The latest research, reported on June 27 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, was the largest of its kind to measure the actual levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the participants’ blood, as opposed to relying on questionnaires in which people report what they eat. Results based on diet questionnaires are prone to error as a result of people’s faulty memory or exaggeration. Continue reading “Omega-3 Fatty Acids Reduce Risk of Fatal Heart Attack”

Diet and Cognitive Decline: Untangling the Evidence

When it comes to diet, brain health, and Alzheimer disease, what’s the deal? Is there evidence that you are what you eat when it comes to brain health?

Over the past several years, the development of evidence and scientific progress has been astounding. There are two different types of nutritional categories [that have been gaining attention]. One is the type of dietary pattern that someone follows—for example, the Mediterranean-style diet or ketogenic diet. Second, I’m sure you’ve heard about caloric restriction and even, most recently, the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet. Continue reading “Diet and Cognitive Decline: Untangling the Evidence”