Tuesday, April 18, 2006

New Milk With DHA Being Marketed

A dairy in Quebec Canada has begun marketing what it claims is the world's first fresh milk to naturally contain docosahexanoic acid (DHA). Docosahexanoic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid felt to be esstentail in healthy development within young children.

They are achieving this by feeding cows food that is specially formulated and contains herring (a fatty fish). It's a patented formula that allows DHA to pass through the digestive system ending up being retained in the milk. The digestion process in Cows normally elimates this fatty acid.

"""This is a newsworthy event," Michel Lucas, a PhD candidate with the medical faculty at Laval University and one of Quebec's leading researchers into omega 3, said about the new 'Oh! Lait' milk brand marketed by Neilson Dairy. "The brains of young children need lots of DHA. Having it available in milk is a huge advantage."""

According to Lucas, who worked on the project with researchers in Guelph, fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, halibut and herring offer better and more flexible DHA for use by the brain and heart than the fatty acids provided by vegetable-based linolenic acids.

DHA is found mostly in the membranes of cells with high electrical activity such as the brain, heart and retina. It is known to be needed, among other things, for the development of memory, learning and nerve development.

"The best source is breast milk," said Lucas. "But fish is an excellent source, too."

He added that pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under the age of five need "lots" of DHA.

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Monday, April 17, 2006

Does Eating Salmon Lower the Murder Rate?

Interesting new story on violent aggression and poor nutrition.

""""National Institutes of Health, published a study, provocatively titled "Seafood Consumption and Homicide Mortality," that found a correlation between a higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids (most often obtained from fish) and lower murder rates.""""

New York Times Story

Friday, April 14, 2006

Omega 3 Brain Fix

Omega-3 moves into medical mainstream

Newsday Staff Writer at Newsday.com

April 11, 2006

""In the days following the Jan. 2 Sago Mine explosion disaster, the only survivor, Randal McCloy Jr., was experiencing multiple organ failure and severe brain damage.

Dr. Julian Bailes, McCloy's neurosurgeon at the West Virginia University School of Medicine and head of the trauma center, was up to speed on the latest benefits of the "miracle molecule" omega-3 fatty acids when he phoned Barry Sears of Zone Diet fame to ask about a recommended dose for the very ill miner."""

""Sears suggested that Bailes administer a total of 18 grams of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the two most important omega-3 fatty acids, via feeding tube. McCloy remained on the supplement via feeding tube until his return home March 30.

This was an extraordinarily high dose, Sears explained, but staff monitored McCloy's blood levels to assure it remained within a certain therapeutic range. The EPA reduced the inflammation caused by the lack of oxygen within the brain, and the DHA was required to repair the damage, Sears said. "I certainly think it played a big role," in his recovery, Bailes said. "How can he rebuild his brain if he doesn't have the substrate to do it?"""

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This above article is well written. It provides further convincing evidence of what mom said " fish is good for you" well what's in fish anyway.