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Vision problems. Joint pain. Dementia... Is there anything fish oils can't beat?

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The current medical advice is to eat two portions of fish a week  Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, proven to help with many conditions EVE McGOWAN has spoken to experts to find out how Omega-3s work They've already been shown to ease arthritic joints and be beneficial to the developing brains of children.  Now research has shown that fish oils can also help smokers kick the habit. Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids.  Current medical advice is to eat two portions of fish a week, including one portion of oily fish such as tuna or mackerel. Omega-3s are also...

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12 Patient-Approved Natural Supplements for Depression.

Posted by Heather Campbell on

I hereby confess that it takes me a half hour each week to fill up my mammoth-sized pill container with the supplements and vitamins I take each week to give my brain every lift I can. It’s expensive, it’s time-consuming, it’s a pain in my arse, but I would rather spend my time organizing fish oil capsules than in front of a therapist explaining why I can’t shut off the negative intrusive thoughts. I’m doing much better today than I was seven months ago, the afternoon I first met with a holistic doctor to determine which supplements could help my...

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Omega-3 Strongly Linked to Behaviour, Learning in Children.

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Researchers at the University of Oxford have found that a child’s blood levels of long-chain Omega-3 DHA can significantly predict how well he or she is able to concentrate and learn.  The study, published in the journal PLOS One, is one of the first to evaluate blood Omega-3 levels in UK schoolchildren. “From a sample of nearly 500 schoolchildren, we found that levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in the blood significantly predicted a child’s behaviour and ability to learn,” said co-author Paul Montgomery, Ph.D., from Oxford University’s Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. “Higher levels...

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Omega-3 Supplements Help Treat Depression.

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Omega-3 fatty acid supplements may be useful in treating major depression. New research shows that when patients with major depression and no concurrent anxiety disorder were treated with omega-3 supplements, their symptoms were markedly reduced compared to patients treated with placebo. Major depression affects five to 10 percent of the population.  Symptoms include severely depressed mood, loss of interest in usual activities, loss of pleasure, and fatigue.  Sufferers can also experience marked weight loss or gain, insomnia or excessive sleep, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt, and recurrent thoughts of suicide.  Three to four percent of patients commit suicide. Diagnosis...

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