Originally published August 25 2015
STUPID: Washington Post claims omega-3s are useless; science shows they improve diabetes, brain health and more
by L.J. Devon, Staff Writer
(NaturalNews) Whenever there's an opportunity to mock and discredit the health benefits of nutrition, the mainstream media is right there, ready to pounce. If nutrition can be made out to be confusing and irrelevant to well being, then the public will dismiss it altogether, gravitating toward a life of junk food and pill popping that is advertised at every turn.
As expected, the Washington Post is attacking nutrition - specifically targeting essential omega-3 fatty acids. Trying to make omega-3 fatty acids out to be a health scam, the Washington Post is going after fish oil supplements, criticizing the growing industry. Americans now purchase $1.2 billion worth of fish oil supplements each year, but the Washington Post says the industry is running on "empty promises."
After reading their latest piece questioning the validity of fish oil supplements, it seems as if they are purposely trying to persuade the public from enjoying all the wonderful brain-building, heart-strengthening health benefits of omega-3 essential fatty acids. It almost seems like there is a plot to keep people in a state of brain fog, disillusionment, and depression.
Studies show that omega-3s assist the body and mind, curbing depression and memory loss. By design, omega-3s provide the brain with the crucial building blocks - DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).
DHA, EPA help curb depression and memory lossInstead of drowning out reality with SSRI anti-depressant drugs, one can instead opt for something their brain is really missing - omega 3s. Episodes of depression are often linked to low levels of DHA. With the right amount of DHA, one can stay level-headed because DHA helps increase serotonin levels naturally, alleviating depression symptoms.
"If you don't feed brain cell membranes enough of the right type of fat, the messages can be short-circuited and garbled. That may mean a disturbance in mood, concentration, memory, attention, and behavior," says Jean Carper, writing for Miracle Cures.
A 2011 study from Italy investigated the effect of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on depressed seniors. The study concluded, "The supplementation of n-3 LCPUFA in elderly female patients reduces the occurrence of depressive symptoms, improves phospholipids fatty acids profile and health-related quality of life."
DHA and EPA can even help Alzheimer's patients. Gary Null reveals more in Power Aging, "These fatty acids are also used as fuel for brain metabolism and they help control chronic inflammatory processes involved in degenerative brain disorders. One study found that DHA supplementation significantly decreased the number of reference memory errors and working memory errors in aged male rats and in young rats."
Dr. Julian Whitaker, writing in The Memory Solution, "Japanese studies have shown that supplemental DHA sharpens memory in patients with dementia and depression and improves behavior and speech in those with Alzheimer's disease."
Omega 3s boost adiponectin levels, preventing diabetes, heart diseaseA study published in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism revealed that fish oil supplements increase the hormone in the body that is responsible for lowering heart disease and diabetes incidence. That hormone, adiponectin, modulates metabolic processes such as glucose regulation and inflammation. The higher the adiponectin level in the bloodstream, the lower the risk of type-2 diabetes and heart disease. The 682 subjects in the study who supplemented with fish oil saw a drastic 0.37 ug/mL rise in adiponectin level compared to the 641 subjects who were given placebos.
Jason Wu, PhD, of the Harvard School of Public Health, says, "results from our study suggest that higher intake of fish oil may moderately increase blood level of adiponectin, and these results support potential benefits of fish oil consumption on glucose control and fat cell metabolism."
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