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Archive for the 'Omega-6 Fatty Acids' Category

Diets for multiple sclerosis

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Diets and dietary supplements are often used by people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

This updated Cochrane review reports on studies of dietary habits as an effective treatment for MS patients. (more…)

Omega-3 for cystic fibrosis

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

In this Cochrane review, researchers at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, in New South Wales, Australia, evaluated the evidence that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation reduces morbidity and mortality. (more…)

Does it matter if your tuna is packed in water or oil?

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, compared the fatty acid profiles of different commercially available US tuna products. (more…)

Benefits in type 2 diabetes of eating fatty fish

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Dietary advice is the basis of treatment of diabetes, but there’s uncertainty about the effects of polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Researchers at Uppsala University, in Sweden, compared the effects of diets rich in omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids on glucose and lipoprotein metabolism in these patients. (more…)

Effects of safflower oil and linoleic acid in diabetes

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Researchers at The Ohio State University, in Columbus, recorded the effects of conjugated linoleic acid (an unsaturated omega-6 fatty acid) and safflower oils on blood sugar levels, blood lipids, and inflammation. (more…)

Fatty acids and the risk of fracture in women

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Fatty acids may be important dietary components that modulate osteoporotic fracture risk.

Researchers at The Ohio State University, Columbus, studied fatty acid intake in relation to osteoporotic fractures. (more…)

The omega-6 to -3 ratio and survival in hemodialysis patients

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Mortality in long-term hemodialysis patients is mostly attributed to cardiovascular complications, and may be related to chronic inflammation.

Researchers at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, in Torrance, California, hypothesized that the anti-inflammatory benefits of higher dietary intake of omega-3 compared with omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids might lower inflammatory processes and decrease the risk of death. (more…)

Omega-3 and the risk of diabetes

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Two new studies are reviewed. (more…)

Fatty acids, vitamin D, and the risk of psychotic-like symptoms

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Low intake of fish, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and vitamin D deficiency has been suggested to play a role in the development of schizophrenia.

Researchers from Scandinavia evaluated the association between the intake of different fish species, PUFA, and vitamin D, and the prevalence of psychotic-like symptoms in Swedish women. (more…)

Omega-3 and -6 and the risk for depression

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

The associations between different sources of dietary omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and the risk of depression have not been prospectively studied.

So, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, examined these associations. (more…)

Is it possible to prevent prostate cancer with diet and supplements?

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle, Washington, reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Effect of vegetarian diets on mood

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Vegetarian diets exclude fish, the major dietary source of fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are critical regulators of brain cell structure and function.

Researchers at Arizona State University, in Mesa, examined associations between mood and polyunsaturated fatty acid intake in vegetarian and omnivorous diets. (more…)

Benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in people with HIV

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

hiv_aidsThe effect of a dietary omega-3 fatty acids supplementation on triglycerides and markers of insulin sensitivity was investigated by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine, in Boston. (more…)

Intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids and the risk of bowel cancer

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina evaluated the relationship between distal large bowel cancer and omega-3 intake in Caucasians and African Americans. (more…)

Oleic acid associated with lower risk of ulcerative colitis

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Getting more oleic acids from olive or peanut oils for instance, might lower the risk of this inflammatory disease of the colon and rectum by as much as 90%, reported researchers at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, during Digestive Disease Week. (more…)

Mum’s fatty acid profile and fetal growth

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

About 1 in 13 babies in the US is born weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces (2,500 grams). They’re considered low birth weight and at increased risk of serious health problems.

Might preventing low birth weight be another benefit of omega-3 fatty acids? (more…)

Three studies of fatty acids in the elderly

Monday, February 1st, 2010

They appeared in an issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition along with an editorial that helped put it all in perspective.

Let’s summarize the results. (more…)

Omega-3 to treat dry eye

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

dry eyeDry eye is a common complaint, but difficult to treat.

Researchers from Aston University, in Birmingham, UK reviewed the evidence for omega-3. (more…)

Omega-3 tested to prevent relapse in Crohn’s disease

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Maintenance therapy for Crohn’s disease includes immunosuppressive drugs, with an associated risk of infection.

Might omega-3 fatty acids be an alternative? (more…)

Do fatty acid supplements prevent allergic disease?

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

 Probably not, according to researchers at the University of Edinburgh, in the UK. (more…)