A study published online Friday shows that the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA — commonly found in fatty fish and fish oil supplements — are as effective, if not more effective, in lowering blood pressure as some of the commonly recommended lifestyle changes like increasing physical activity and restricting alcohol and sodium intake.
People with higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil also may have larger brain volumes in old age equivalent to preserving one to two years of brain health, according to a study published in the Jan. 22 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Omega-3 sourced from dietary supplements may be more beneficial to a healthy diet than omega-3 sourced from conventional food, according to a new meta-analysis published in July by the Public Library of Science Genetics.
PharmaCare “hard launched” its omega-3 fish oil supplement for kids, called Bioglan Kids Smart, at NACDS Marketplace this year after successful test markets with a national pharmacy chain. The actual supplements look like small, purple fish and burst with a grape flavor when chewed. Each “burstlet” contains 133 mg of docosahexaenoic acid and 28 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid.
A research study conducted earlier this year on two Nordic Naturals arctic cod liver oil products concluded that the effervescent formulation is absorbed more rapidly than gelatin soft gels, and suggested that the effervescent form is equally palatable, making it an acceptable alternative to the soft gel form.
Omega-3 fatty acids from seafood may reduce inflammation and symptoms of gum disease and risk of abnormal heartbeats, according to recent articles in the December 2010 PUFA Newsletter and Fats of Life e-newsletters for health professionals and consumers.