CAT | Oil Supplements
Beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in fish provide numerous health benefits. In clinical studies, Omega-3s have been shown to promote healthy heart and brain function, as well as support the nervous system, digestive system and other organs.* Now, scientists believe the healthy oils may provide additional support for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
A team of experts from the Oregon Health & Science University Department of Neurology recently conducted a randomized placebo-controlled pilot trial to evaluate the effects of supplementation with Omega-3 fatty acids and alpha lipoic acid (an antioxidant) in Alzheimer’s patients. After a 12-month treatment period, they found that participants taking a combination of Omega-3 fatty acids plus ALA experienced reduced cognitive and functional decline.
While further research is planned to evaluate the combination as a possible treatment for the disease, the results of the study are encouraging. “The ultimate outcome is to be able to look at these (treatments) as a potential preventive formula—if someone could take a gram or two grams a day of fish oil before signs of the disease, it’s preventive in that it’s either decreasing the chance of turnover to Alzheimer’s disease or it’s delaying its progression. And I like the idea of using something that is cheap, accessible and easy to take,” said Lynne Shinto, N.D., assistant professor of neurology and the project’s lead investigator.
According to the OHSU study abstract, oxidative stress, inflammation, and increased cholesterol levels are all mechanisms that have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease pathology, and several studies have reported a decreased risk of the disease associated with fish oil consumption.
Two Popular Specials Airing in November & December
The holiday hustle and bustle is just around the corner, and all that planning and prepping can take a serious toll on your health. Luckily, Brenda Watson is coming to the rescue this season on PBS! Two of her most popular television specials will be airing throughout November and December, so be sure to set aside some quality time to focus on your health.
Are you or is someone you know affected by heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or high blood sugar? Do you know about the dangers of silent inflammation? Brenda Watson’s Heart of Perfect Health: The Startling Truths about Heart Disease and the Power You Have to Stop It exposes the truth about America’s #1 killer—heart disease—and explores the surprising link between heart disease and the gut.
One of the most successful PBS health specials ever, Brenda Watson’s The Road to Perfect Health: Balance Your Gut, Heal Your Body reveals the shocking truth about how chronic disease starts with an unhealthy digestive system and explores the natural solutions that are proven to help restore vibrant health and wellness.
“I am so excited that my two health specials will be airing during Public Television’s most important pledge drive of the year,” says Brenda. “It will provide me the fantastic opportunity to reach millions of viewers and educate them on the importance of digestive health, and the truths about chronic disease and heart health.”
Want to find out when you can watch Brenda on PBS this November and December? Click here for local air dates!