How to Slow Down Cancer Naturally

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The fatal nature of cancer lies doesn’t lie so much in the tumor that develops; it’s the spread of cancer throughout the body that’s most lethal. A new health breakthrough turned the tables a little bit and opted not to look at what natural substances can fight a tumor — but rather, which ones can slow the spread of cancer. And it’s led to some enlightening and positive news for treating cancer.

The unique study, Continue reading

Diet Rich in Fish Oil and Protein May Help Combat ADHD

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In the past few decades, there have been a growing number of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 9 percent of children between the ages of 4 and 17 have been diagnosed with the disease. Continue reading

Olive and Fish Oil Found To Potentially Prevent Pancreatitis

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There seem to be more and more reasons to consume oils that contain healthy fats. For example, researchers from the University of Granada in Spain have discovered that oleic acid and hydroxytyrosol, which can be found in virgin olive oil and fatty acids in fish, can prevent the development of acute pancreatitis. Continue reading

Natural Remedies Help Lymphedema

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The condition known as lymphedema is caused by the accumulation of fluid in the body’s interstitial tissues which surround the lymph glands. It occurs when lymph nodes are missing, removed or damaged – making it impossible for the lymphatic system to remove excess lymphatic fluid through the lymph vessels. Left untreated, lymphedema can cause serious complications including infection and interference with wound healing. However, there are natural lifestyle changes and remedies which can often offer substantial relief. Continue reading

Gluten Weakens Bones

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Years ago, a bread company boasted that its product “builds strong bodies 12 ways.” But if you’ve got a gluten problem, bread may actually be destroying your body, not building it. In particular, it may be weakening your bones. And unless you stop eating gluten-containing foods (made from wheat, barley and rye), the deconstruction of your bones may continue until you suffer debilitating osteoporosis. Continue reading

A Natural Remedy for Bipolar Disorder

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A look at how omega-3 fatty acids influence depression, with  a flurry of evidence concerning how they may treat major depression and depressive symptoms in bipolar disorders.

Nine double-blind controlled studies were found on how effective omega-3s can be for depressed patients, including those with bipolar disorder. Let’s take a look:

1999: A 16-week study of 30 bipolar patients used 6.2 grams (g) of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) plus 3.4 g of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) — both are fish oil — and tested it versus placebo (olive oil). Patients were also taking antidepressants, benzodiazepines, or mood stabilizers. The omega-3 fatty acid group had a longer remission period than placebo group did. The omega-3 group did better than placebo group in all measures of depression.

2002: A one-month study looked at 20 patients with major depression. It compared 2.0 g of EPA to placebo  Continue reading

Why You Should Consider Stopping Fish Oil Now

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In a study on rats that directly compared krill oil and fish oil supplementation, krill oil reduced liver triglyceride levels significantly more.

Scientists looked at three groups of rats — one group that consumed a control diet, one group that had its diet supplemented with 2.5 percent krill oil, and a final group that was given 2.5 percent fish oil in its diet. Both krill oil and fish oil significantly inhibited the activity of enzymes that metabolize fat in the liver, but the krill oil had a more pronounced effect.

Emax Health reports:

“According to the study’s authors, ‘these data suggest  Continue reading

Best Ever Home Remedies for Headaches

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More than 45 million Americans not only get headaches, but they also get them time and time again. Some people are born with biology that makes them headache prone. Most of these are tension headaches, which account for 90%of all headaches. The pain is typically generalized all over the head, and you may feel a dull ache or a sense of tightness.

But an estimated 28 million people experience migraine headaches, which are even worse. Migraine is a complex disease that causes severe and often disabling pain, usually located on one side of the head, often accompanied by nausea, light and noise sensitivity, and other symptoms. Lots of things can set off a migraine attack, including changing hormone levels, poor eating or sleeping habits, dehydration, stress, weather or altitude changes, or more.

When you’re in pain, and ibuprofen just won’t cut it, try these natural pain relievers.

Headaches aren’t fun for anyone and are especially crippling for migraine sufferers. OTC medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetaminophen can help, but you have to be careful not to overuse them, which can lead to a rebound effect that makes symptoms worse. Here are the best home remedies to prevent headaches and help them get better faster. Continue reading

Asian Food that Delivers Health Benefits More than Fish Oil…

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According to a new study, krill oil has effects similar to fish oil on serum lipids, oxidative stress and inflammation — but unlike fish oil, it works even with lower doses of EPA and DHA.

EPA and DHA provide a variety of health benefits, including for your heart, your eyes, and illnesses caused by inflammation. However in fish oil these omega-3 fats are in triglyceride form, whereas in krill oil they are in phospholipid form.

According to the study:

“A total of 113 participants … were randomized into three groups. Thirty-six were given 6 capsules of 3g krill oil a day, with 543 mg of EHA and DHA; 40 were given 3 capsules of 1.8g fish oil a day, with 864 mg of EPA and DHA … The remaining 37 received no supplementation … [T]here was a significant increase in plasma EPA, DHA, and DPA in both the krill oil and fish oil groups … and no significant differences were seen between the fish oil and the krill oil groups. The EPA + DHA dose in the krill was 62.8 % of that in the fish oil.”

Sources:

Lipids October 2010 10.1007/s11745-010-3490-4

Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

More great news about krill!

If you read the study above you will find that it supports what I have been saying for some time now; that krill is actually superior to fish oil when it comes to optimizing cholesterol profiles.

This study showed that a krill dose that provides 1/3 less DHA and EPA had a far more profound influence on the HDL and triglyceride to cholesterol ratios, which are well established as two of the most potent blood predictors of heart disease. In fact I first posted this association over 13 years ago.

This is likely due to krill’s phospholipid liposomal structure, which allows far superior absorption compared to fish oil, and the astaxanthin that is present in krill.

History of Krill Oil

Krill, or Okiami, as the Japanese call it, has been a cherished food source in many Asian countries since the 19th Century, or even earlier. As with so many health practices, like acupuncture and natto, the Asians had things figured out long before most Westerners.

Krill benefits your health by providing two of the most important nutrients we know of: the animal based omega-3 oils, EPA and DHA, and a potent marine based carotenoid antioxidant called astaxanthin.

The benefits of omega-3 fats truly run the gamut, from mental and behavioral health at any age, to preventing premature death from a number of diseases. Proven benefits of omega-3 fats include:

  • Coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Essential fatty acid deficiency in infancy (retinal and brain development)
  • General brain function, including memory and Parkinson’s disease
  • ADHD
  • Autoimmune disorders (e.g., lupus and nephropathy)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Cancers of the breast, colon, and prostate
  • Mild hypertension
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

One of krill oil’s major advantages over fish oil is its superior potency, which is demonstrated clearly in this study. Researchers gave subjects only 62.8 percent as much krill-based EPA/DHA as the fish oil group, yet both groups showed equivalent blood levels—meaning that the krill was more potent.

What is it about krill oil that makes it so special?

Your body absorbs krill oil faster and more completely because of its phospholipid structure.

Krill’s Weapons of Mass Nutrition: Phospholipids and Choline

Unlike fish oils, krill oil carries omega-3s in the form of phospholipids—liposomes or little packages that deliver the fatty acids directly to your body’s cells. Scientific evidence to date has shown that the safest and most effective carriers of EPA and DHA are these phospholipids.

Unfortunately, standard fish oils lack this phospholipid complex. Instead they contain omega-3 fatty acids in the less-beneficial form of free triglycerides.

This unique relationship between the phospholipids and omega-3 fatty acids greatly facilitates the passage of the fatty acid molecules through your intestinal wall, and from there directly into the tissues that desperately need them, like your brain. This makes the fats in krill oil significantly more bioavailable than those in fish oil. In fact, recent studies show that krill oil is absorbed 10-15 times as well as fish oil.

About 80-85 percent of fish oil is never absorbed from the intestine, which causes about half of those who take it to have “burp back,” which is unpleasant enough, and many end up discontinuing it.

When you consume fish oil, your liver has to attach it to phosphatidyl choline in order for it to be utilized by your body.

But krill oil ALREADY contains phosphatidyl choline!

Krill oil is already in the physiologically correct form, so your body can immediately absorb and use virtually 100 percent of it.

Phosphatidyl choline is composed partly of choline, which is the precursor for the vital neurotransmitter acetylcholine (which sends nerve signals to the brain), and for trimethylglycine, which protects your liver.

Choline is important to brain development, learning and memory. In fact, choline plays a vital role in fetal and infant brain development so it is particularly important if you are pregnant or nursing.

But krill’s superiority doesn’t end there.

Krill is Supercharged with Astaxanthin—the Most Potent Antioxidant on Earth

Krill oil contains one of the most potent antioxidants ever known called astaxanthin, which provides huge health benefits to you, as well to the oil itself. Astaxanthin is a carotenoid antioxidant that is exponentially more effective in quenching dangerous free radicals than beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol, lycopene and lutein, other members of its chemical family. Astaxanthin protects your cells, organs and body tissues from oxidative damage.

I have been particularly impressed with astaxanthin’s ability to phelp revent sunburn, radiation damage, cataract formation and the most common cause of blindness, age related macular degeneration.

Part of the reason why astaxanthin is so effective in radiation induced damage is that it is produced by the microalgae Haematoccous pluvialis when its water supply dries up, forcing it to protect itself from ultraviolet radiation. The krill consume the microalgae, and the astaxanthin becomes concentrated in their oil.

Omega-3 Fats Are Incredibly Fragile and Need Protection.

Omega-3 fats are loaded with highly perishable double bonds that are particularly susceptible to oxidative damage from heat, pressure, or oxygen in the air. It doesn’t take much to damage these fragile double bonds and when they are damaged the oil is essentially rancid and biologically useless.

The vast majority of fish oil on the market today is actually rancid before you even open the bottle, as it doesn’t contain this antioxidant. When exposed to air, fish oil (and poor quality krill oil) will oxidize within a matter of minutes, and once oxidized, it won’t benefit you in the least—it will actually ADD to your body’s oxidative load.

Not only is astaxanthin a fantastic free-radical scavenger for you, but it also acts as a powerful natural preservative, making krill oil 200 times more stable and resistant to oxidation—preventing the DHA and EPA from going rancid.

Besides acting as a natural preservative, astaxanthin has been found to have widespread health benefits, including:

  • Preventing and treating a great number of eye diseases
  • Boosting immunity
  • Improving cardiovascular health
  • Stabilizing blood sugar
  • Protecting your brain
  • Lowering inflammation
  • Reducing your risk of cancer
  • Preventing sunburn

And this list of positives is growing by the day!

Krill is Pollution-Free, Eco-friendly, and a Highly Sustainable Food Source

Krill is the most abundant biomass on Earth, amounting to about 500 million tons. Despite its growing popularity as a food source, less than 2 percent is harvested.

Contrary to a statement made by National Geographic that told only part of the story, human consumption of krill oil does not steal significant food from our whales. In fact, harvesting fish for their oil creates far more of an environmental burden and is less sustainable than harvesting krill, as 90 percent of the fish that swam in the oceans 60 years ago are now gone due to overfishing.

Most harvested fish are ground up into fishmeal that gets fed to other fish, particularly farm-raised fish.

In fact, not only is krill the largest biomass in the world, but krill harvesting is one of the best regulated on the planet, using strict international precautionary catch limit regulations that are reviewed regularly to assure sustainability. For more on this, please read my 2009 article about this issue.

In addition to the environmental concerns with harvesting fish, many fish oils on the market today are contaminated with relatively large amounts of metals and toxic chemicals. Toxins like mercury are typically screened for, at least in higher quality brands. However, there are many toxins that are NOT routinely screened for, including PCBs, dioxin, and radioactive strontium, to name a few.

Krill, especially Antarctic krill, avoid this contamination because they are much lower in the food chain than fish and have had very little time to accumulate toxins.

What the Research Says About Omega-3 Fats and Your Heart

There are plenty of quality studies showing that omega-3 fats DO benefit your cardiovascular system.

Here are just a few examples:

  • Researchers at Southampton University found that omega-3 oils stop the buildup of fatty deposits in your arteries.
  • An Italian study (GISSI) of 11,324 heart attack survivors found that patients supplementing with fish oils markedly reduced their risk of another heart attack, stroke or death.
  • Danish researchers concluded that fish oil supplementation might help prevent arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death in healthy men.
  • American medical researchers reported that men who consumed fish once or more every week have a 50 percent lower risk of dying from a sudden cardiac event than do men who eat fish less than once a month.

These studies were done with fish oil though and not krill as the science of krill is just beginning to emerge. However, from the study above you can see that the strong preliminary evidence is that krill provide the same EPA and DHA in a superior form.

Final Recommendations

Many physicians in Europe are switching from conventional drugs to krill oil to support healthy, normal lipid levels and cardiovascular health. It is my hope that American physicians will follow suit.

And the great news is that krill oil seems to work at a lower dose. This results in a major cost savings to you, actually making it more affordable than fish oil.

For women (and many men, as I personally take the krill for women), there still seems to be some benefit to taking two capsules of my Krill Oil for Women because it has the beneficial GLA fat from evening primrose oil. Each of the capsules of the women’s formula contains 300 mg of krill; so two capsules would give you 600 mg of krill, plus all the additional benefits of the primrose oil, for less cost than an equivalent dose of fish oil.

Quality is of the essence when selecting any supplement, and krill oil is no exception, so make sure you know what you are buying.

Supplementing your diet with a high quality source of omega-3 fats such as genuine krill oil is a tremendous, cost effective way to supercharge your health!

Courtesy of Dr.Mercola

Fat Deficiency Kills More People Every Year than Breast Cancer

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Omega-3 deficiency is the sixth biggest killer of Americans, according to a new study.

Harvard University researchers looked at 12 dietary, lifestyle and metabolic risk factors such as tobacco smoking and high blood pressure, and used a mathematical model to determine how many fatalities could have been prevented if better practices had been observed.

The study determined that there were 72,000-96,000 preventable deaths each year due to omega-3 deficiency, highlighting the importance of establishing a dietary reference intake (DRI) for omega-3 forms such as EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).

Another study found that a combination of omega-3 fatty acids and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) decreased blood pressure and heart rate in kidney disease patients.

People with chronic kidney disease (CKD), which increases the risk of heart disease, experienced improvements in both blood pressure and heart rate following supplementation with four grams of omega-3 fats.

Furthermore, when the omega 3’s were taken in combination with coenzyme Q10, the blood pressure reducing benefits were enhanced. CKD is linked to increased prevalence in all-cause mortality, cardiovascular events and hospitalization.

In addition to benefitting your physical health, omega-3 fats can also be good for your mind.

Researchers have shown that depressed patients have, on average, lower levels of omega-3 in their blood than nondepressed individuals. A greater severity of depression is also linked to lower levels of omega-3. A number of well-controlled depression treatment studies have found therapeutic benefits following omega-3 supplementation.

Fish Oil May Reduce Risk Of Breast Cancer

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A recent report in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, adds to the growing evidence that fish oil supplements may play a role in preventing chronic disease.

Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Wash., led by Emily White, Ph.D., a member of the public health sciences division, asked 35,016 postmenopausal women who did not have a history of breast cancer to complete a 24-page questionnaire about their use of non-vitamin, non-mineral “specialty” supplements in the Vitamins and Lifestyle (VITAL) cohort study.

After six years of follow-up, 880 cases of breast cancer were identified using the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results registry.

Regular use of fish oil supplements, which contain high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, was linked with a 32 percent reduced risk of breast cancer. The reduction in risk appeared to be restricted to invasive ductal breast cancer, the most common type of the disease.

The use of other specialty supplements, many of which are commonly taken by women to treat symptoms of menopause, was not associated with breast cancer risk.

This research is the first to demonstrate a link between the use of fish oil supplements and a reduction in breast cancer. Studies of dietary intake of fish or omega-3 fatty acids have not been consistent.

“It may be that the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements are higher than most people would typically get from their diet,” White said.

However, White cautioned against gleaning any recommendations from the results of one study.

“Without confirming studies specifically addressing this,” she said, “we should not draw any conclusions about a causal relationship.”

Edward Giovannucci, M.D., Sc.D., professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and an editorial board member of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, agreed.

“It is very rare that a single study should be used to make a broad recommendation,” said Giovannucci. “Over a period of time, as the studies confirm each other, we can start to make recommendations.”

Still, fish oil continues to excite many, as evidence emerges about its protective effect on cardiovascular disease and now cancer.

Harvard researchers are currently enrolling patients for the randomized Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial (also called VITAL), which will assess the impact of fish oil supplements and vitamin D on cancer, heart disease and stroke.

The researchers plan to enroll 20,000 U.S. men aged 60 years and older and women aged 65 years and older who do not have a history of these diseases and have never taken supplements.

Recruitment for this National Institutes of Health funded study began in January, and more information can be found here.

Source: American Association for Cancer Research

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