Medical News Today: Schizophrenia: Could lack of nutrients in pregnancy be a cause?
Using mice, scientists identify a mechanism that links lack of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in pregnancy to schizophrenia-like symptoms in offspring. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Schizophrenia Source Type: news
A systems approach for discovering linoleic acid derivatives that potentially mediate pain and itch
Chronic pain and itch are common hypersensitivity syndromes that are affected by endogenous mediators. We applied a systems-based, translational approach to predict, discover, and characterize mediators of pain and itch that are regulated by diet and inflammation. Profiling of tissue-specific precursor abundance and biosynthetic gene expression predicted that inflamed skin would be abundant in four previously unknown 11-hydroxy-epoxy- or 11-keto-epoxy-octadecenoate linoleic acid derivatives and four previously identified 9- or 13-hydroxy-epoxy- or 9- or 13-keto-epoxy-octadecenoate linoleic acid derivatives. All of these me...
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - August 22, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ramsden, C. E., Domenichiello, A. F., Yuan, Z.-X., Sapio, M. R., Keyes, G. S., Mishra, S. K., Gross, J. R., Majchrzak-Hong, S., Zamora, D., Horowitz, M. S., Davis, J. M., Sorokin, A. V., Dey, A., LaPaglia, D. M., Wheeler, J. J., Vasko, M. R., Mehta, N. N. Tags: STKE Research Articles Source Type: news
Supplement warning: Overdosing on THIS nutrient can trigger diabetes
SUPPLEMENTS are already confusing enough - from knowing which ones to take, to differentiating between types with similar names. But popping the wrong one can have negative consequences, particularly when it comes to omega-3 and omega-6. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Studies link healthy brain aging to omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the blood
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Two new studies link patterns of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the blood to the integrity of brain structures and cognitive abilities that are known to decline early in aging. The studies add to the evidence that dietary intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can promote healthy aging, the researchers said. Further research is needed to test this hypothesis, they said. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
How Do I Know If I’m Eating Enough Healthy Fat?
“Dr. Hyman, how do I know if I’m eating enough fat?” a reader recently asked me. This is an excellent question and one of my favorite subjects because I wholeheartedly believe eating the right amount and type of fat plays a crucial role in shaping health and well-being. Doctors, patients and readers are often completely confused about fat, clinging to myths and misinformation that prevents them from understanding the latest science to lose weight and achieve optimal health. You’re familiar with many of these myths: Fat makes us fat, fat contributes to heart disease, and fat leads to obesity. ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Here’s How To Determine The Healthiest Fats To Cook With
“Dr. Hyman, I’m so confused about what fats to cook with,” a reader recently wrote. “For so long I’ve been using vegetable oils because I heard they were best to cook with, and now I hear that we can cook with butter or coconut oil.”I completely understand your confusion, especially with rampant misinformation about fats and nutrition in general. For instance, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends adults get no more than five percent of their calories from saturated fat, urging people to use vegetable oils instead.They also advise people to eat at least five to 10 percent of th...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Omega-3, omega-6 supplement improves reading for children
Supplement of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may improve reading skills of mainstream schoolchildren, according to a new study. Children with attention problems, in particular, may be helped in their reading with the addition of these fatty acids. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 14, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news
Biopsied Linoleic Acid Levels Tied to Lower Mortality in Elderly Men Biopsied Linoleic Acid Levels Tied to Lower Mortality in Elderly Men
Swedish researchers find linoleic acid in adipose tissue to be associated with lower all-cause mortality in older men and directly associated with dietary intake.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news
Polyunsaturated fat in adipose tissue linked to lower mortality
The fatty acid linoleic acid (Omega 6) in subcutaneous adipose tissue was linked to lower mortality among older men followed over a 15-year period. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 18, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news
How Much Omega-3 vs Omega-6
All the so-called “nutrition experts” telling us to eat unsaturated fats instead of saturated fats are missing the point. There are natural saturated fats that are perfectly healthy to eat… and manufactured unsaturated fats that are at the root cause of many of our health problems. That’s because it’s the ratio of omega-6 fats and omega-3 fats in our modern diet that’s actually the problem. Let me explain… Omega Fatty Acids In Our Diet Omega-6s are fatty acids commonly found in vegetable oils. That includes safflower, sunflower, corn, cottonseed, sesame and soybean. They’re...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - August 8, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Nutrition Source Type: news
7 Amazing Super Foods You Need to Know About
We keep reading about how important superfoods are to include in your diet. What exactly are superfoods? There is no scientific definition of a superfood but the term usually refers to foods containing high levels of vitamins and minerals that offer many health benefits such as boosting your immune system and natural weight-loss (1)(2). By consuming these superfoods on a regular basis, you are feeding your body large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, fiber, probiotics, and high levels of omega 3 fatty acids. Superfoods also contain few calories, are low in sugar and salt plus have lots of soluble fiber and health-boostin...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
The Secret To Flawless Skin? Learn To Protect Your Skin's Natural Barrier
From sun to wind to freezing cold, our faces are exposed to the most extreme of elements on a daily basis. To safeguard against this brutal treatment, our bodies developed a powerful first line of defense. We call it our skin's "barrier." This so-called barrier is made up of corneocytes (also known as dead skin cells) and a lipid bilayer that holds those cells together. This lipid bilayer works to envelop the corneocytes, keeping water and nutrients inside the skin and harmful bacteria and irritants out. These days, there are a handful of products out there, from sunscreens to face mists, which will claim to ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Experts Say Vegetable Oil May Not Be As Healthful As We Thought
The American Heart Association, U.S. Dietary Guidelines and most doctors and nutritionists say that if you eat more "healthy fats" from vegetable and seed oils and less "bad fats" from red meat and dairy products, you're on your way to better cardiovascular health. It turns out that may not be supported by the highest standards of scientific evidence. A new analysis of never-before-published trial data from the 1960s and '70s pokes holes at the notion that we can stave off heart attack and stroke by eating more polyunsaturated fat (the "healthy" kind). Instead, it suggests that some...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 13, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news
Study argues ditching butter for veg oil won't prevent heart disease
Conclusion This re-evaluation of some of the data from an old RCT has found that both diets reduced cholesterol levels, though the effect was greater for the diet with vegetable oil. In both groups, lower cholesterol levels were associated with an increased risk of death for people aged 65 or over. It is not clear that this was due to the diet, as it occurred in both groups, and as this was just based on 149 deaths over a relatively short follow-up period, this limits the reliability of the findings. Cholesterol levels can reduce due to illness, and there was a lack of information about what other illnesses any of the par...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Heart/lungs Source Type: news
High serum omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid concentrations linked to lower risk of type 2 diabetes
High serum omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid concentrations are linked to a significantly reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. The study found that high serum omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid concentrations were associated with a 46% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes during the follow-up. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 24, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news
Organic milk 'is healthier' than conventional milk, study says
ConclusionThe arguments over whether organically-produced food is better for human health are unlikely to be resolved by this study. While the researchers have shown that some potentially beneficial fats are higher in organic milk than conventional milk, we don't know how much of an effect this would have on people's health. Omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-linoleic acid have been associated with improvements in heart health, though causation has yet to be established. Indeed, the latest guidance from NICE does not recommend supplements of omega-3 for prevention of heart attacks, although it acknowledges that taking them does...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Source Type: news
The “organic” Way to Younger Skin
What do you think when you hear about stem cells? Perhaps you think they are “experimental” or you’re concerned about what you’ve read or heard in the news media about stem cells from embryos. But there is a better way to view this therapy. Stem cells are part of your body and its own natural healing mechanism. In my view, they are probably the ultimate natural healer. We began offering stem cell treatments last month at the Sears Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine — and the results have been just amazing. I now use stem cells right across the anti-aging medical spectrum — from cosmetic pr...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - November 19, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging anti-aging treatment fat transfer linoleic fats omega 3 omega diet organic skin stem cells Source Type: news
A Nutty Approach To Beating Cancer
Are you getting enough omega 3 essential fatty acids? Probably not … but you should be. Most people don’t know that omega 3s are necessary for almost every part of your body to function properly – Including your heart, lungs, nerves, joints, eyes and brain. And as I’ve told my patients for years, omega 3s are also effective at keeping cancer away. That’s not something you’ll ever hear from your doctor. But while your body desperately needs these essential omega 3 fatty acids, it can’t produce them by itself. That’s why it’s critical to add omega 3s to your diet. But no...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - June 17, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr. Al Sears Tags: Nutrition Cancer nutrients omega-3s Source Type: news
4 Easy Ways To Beat Aging
I’ve been hearing it nearly all of my life: Save your money for your “old age.” I’m sure that well-meaning friends and relatives have been telling you the same thing for years, too. But more than 2,100 years ago, the Roman philosopher Virgil hit the nail on the head when he said: “The greatest wealth is health.” And these aren’t just fancy words of philosophical wisdom. They are very good practical advice. You should be saving something much more important than money – no matter what your age. I’m talking about saving your telomeres, those tiny “countdown clocks&r...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - June 3, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr. Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging DNA telomerase telomeres Source Type: news
A guide to balancing our omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid intake
(NaturalNews) There's a good reason why nutritionists consider omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to be "essential" acids. These polyunsaturated fats, which are responsible for building cells and maintaining nerve and brain function, cannot be manufactured by our bodies. This means that... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Human genetic research uncovers how omega-6 fatty acids lower bad cholesterol
Research based on the genetic information from over 100,000 individuals of European ancestry has uncovered a gene that affects blood cholesterol levels through the generation of a compound from omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, called lipoxins. The new study also provides additional evidence that aspirin assists in preventing heart attacks by promoting lipoxin production. These insights could change the way doctors care for patients at increased risk for heart disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 16, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news
Omega-3s boost brain health by improving neuron cell membrane functionality
(NaturalNews) Most Americans have an omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid imbalance due to the prevalence of unsaturated omega-6 fatty acids from polyunsaturated processed oils in processed foods.It should minimally be three to one omega-6 to omega-3, while one to one is considered ideal... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Reduce inflammation with the ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids
(NaturalNews) Chronic inflammation at the cellular and systemic level is the major underlying factor in all chronic disease. Fatty acids make up the cell membrane and have an intimate role in the hormonal responses throughout the body. The ideal ratio of essential omega-6 to omega... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Transgenic mice produce both omega-3, omega-6 fatty acids on carbohydrate diet
A transgenic mouse has been developed that synthesizes both the omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids within its tissues on a diet of carbohydrates or saturated fats. Significant evidence suggest that the ratio of dietary omega-6 to omega-3 has important implications for human health, further increasing interest in the development of foods rich in omega-3s. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 17, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news
Transgenic mice produce both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids on carbohydrate diet
(Massachusetts General Hospital) Massachusetts General Hospital investigators have developed a transgenic mouse that synthesizes both the omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids within its tissues on a diet of carbohydrates or saturated fats. Significant evidence suggest that the ratio of dietary omega-6 to omega-3 has important implications for human health, further increasing interest in the development of foods rich in omega-3s. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 16, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news
Antioxidants can protect against omega 6 damage -- or promote it
Given omega 6 fatty acid's reputation for promoting cancer -- at least in animal studies -- researchers are examining the role that antioxidants play in blocking the harmful effects of this culprit, found in many cooking oils. After all, antioxidants are supposed to prevent DNA damage. But employing antioxidants could backfire, say researchers. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 4, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news
Antioxidants can protect against omega 6 damage -- or promote it
(Georgetown University Medical Center) Given omega 6 fatty acid's reputation for promoting cancer -- at least in animal studies -- researchers are examining the role that antioxidants play in blocking the harmful effects of this culprit, found in many cooking oils. After all, antioxidants are supposed to prevent DNA damage. But employing antioxidants could backfire, say researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 4, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news
Saturated fats and heart disease link 'unproven'
ConclusionIn contrast to current recommendations, this systematic review found no evidence that saturated fat increases the risk of coronary disease, or that polyunsaturated fats have a cardioprotective effect.Similarly, there was no significant association between the levels of total omega-3 or omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids and coronary disease. This lack of association was seen in both cohort studies, which looked at dietary intake or circulating levels the in blood, and in randomised controlled trials that had looked at the effect of supplementation. There was also no significant association between total saturate...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Heart/lungs Source Type: news
More Helpful Fatty Acids Found in Organic Milk
The research was met with a mixed reaction, as there is disagreement among scientists about whether omega-6 fatty acids are harmful. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By KENNETH CHANG Tags: organic foods omega-3 fatty acids milk omega-6 fatty acids Source Type: news
You are what you eat: Low-fat diet changes prostate cancer tissue
This study is a follow-up to a 2011 study by Aronson and his team that found that compared to a traditional, high-fat Western diet, a low-fat diet with fish oil supplements eaten for four to six weeks prior to prostate removal slowed the growth of cancer cells in human prostate cancer tissue. That short-term study also found that the men on the low-fat fish oil diet were able to change the composition of their cell membranes in both the healthy cells and the cancer cells in the prostate. They had increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil and decreased levels of the more pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty aci...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 18, 2013 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news
Not All PUFAs Created Equal, Say ResearchersNot All PUFAs Created Equal, Say Researchers
Two researchers argue the "heart benefits" of polyunsaturated fatty acids lie with alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid, not linoleic acid, which is an omega-6 fatty acid. Heartwire (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 13, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news
Linoleic Acid Protection Against Death From CV DiseaseLinoleic Acid Protection Against Death From CV Disease
Is there a link between dietary linoleic acid intake and death from cardiovascular disease? Clinical Lipidology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news
Vegetable Oils Do Not Cause Inflammation
The consumption of vegetable oils which are rich in an essential nutrient called linoleic acid (LA) is not linked to an increased risk of inflammation, according to researchers at the University of Missouri (UM). We have known for years that linoleic acid helps lower cholesterol levels as well as reducing the risk of developing heart disease. However, there have been recent claims that Americans may be consuming too much vegetable oil. A previous study suggested that fish oils reduce inflammation but vegetable oils do not... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 10, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nutrition / Diet Source Type: news
Which Fats Really Are Good For Your Heart?
WebMD Medical News By Kathleen Doheny Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Feb. 6, 2013 — The standard advice about which fats are best for heart health is under debate again. Triggering it is new research, just published in BMJ, finding that a form of omega-6 fatty acid found in vegetable oils may actually boost heart disease risk. Omega-6 fatty acids are a type of polyunsatured fat, which has generally been considered heart healthy. The new findings could significantly alter the advice about which type of fats to eat, some experts say. The new research warrants another look at the current recommendations, says a spoke...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 20, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mreal197 Tags: WebMD News Source Type: news
Saturated fat is not the culprit in heart disease
Evidence mounts in favour of oxidation of fat and too much polyunsaturated fat being main culprits (Source: Alliance for Natural Health)
Source: Alliance for Natural Health - February 13, 2013 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Sophie Tags: atherosclerosis butter Chris Kresser Dr Dwight Lundell europe fats heart disease international LDL linoleic acid lipid hypothesis low-density lipoprotein margarine monounsaturated fat omega-6 fatty acids oxidation polyunsat Source Type: news
Discussing Dietary Fats
Replacing saturated animal fats with polyunsaturated fats rich in omega-6 linoleic acid may not be beneficial for heart patients, researchers have claimed. Linoleic acid is present in high amounts in some commonly used vegetable oils such as corn, sunflower, safflower and soybean. Â� Swapping saturated fats like butter or lard for polyunsaturated vegetable oils and spreads made from them is a common suggestion for those looking to switch to a heart healthy diet. Â� Researchers recovered missing data from the Sydney Diet Heart Study in the 1960s... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nutrition / Diet Source Type: news
NHS Choices 'Behind the Headline' assessment of BMJ dietary linoleic acid study
This study has several strengths. It was a randomised controlled trial, using just one type of oil to increase consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids. . The study also has its limitations. The dietary data collected during the original trial does not contain enough information to rule out the possibility that changes in other nutrients could have caused the effect seen. . In this trial, participants were advised to increase their intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids, mainly from omega 6-linoleic acid, ... (Source: NeLM - News)
Source: NeLM - News - February 6, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news
Could 'healthy' margarine fats be bad for you?
Conclusion Contrary to received wisdom, this research suggests that not all polyunsaturated fatty acids are good for the heart (the so-called "cardioprotective effect"). This study has several strengths. It was a randomised controlled trial, using just one type of oil to increase consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids. However, the study also has its limitations. The dietary data collected during the original trial does not contain enough information to rule out the possibility that changes in other nutrients could have been caused the effect seen. In this trial, participants were ad...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Wrong fat in pregnancy diet 'may make kids fatter'
Conclusion This study of 293 mother-child pairs finds that the mother’s blood levels of n-6 PUFA during late pregnancy influence her child’s body fat levels, with higher blood levels equalling higher child fat levels. The researchers say that n-6 PUFA, derived from plant oils are known to have an influence on fat development. Therefore, they say the observed association may suggest ‘prenatal PUFA exposure could be linked to risk of offspring obesity’. However, though this study has merits, including a representative population sample and carrying out detailed assessment of both the mothers and child...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Cancer Source Type: news