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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
October 8, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,

Did you know that adhering to the Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin oil had significant regression of the carotid vessel-wall volume compared with those who ate a diet low in saturated fat, according to a study presented at the European Atherosclerosis Society 2014 Congress?


Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Fish Oil Is On a Roll

Inflammation-Induced Depression

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in Biological Psychiatry found that fish oil supplements reduced inflammation-induced depression in subjects with hepatitis C by ten percent.


Subjects with low levels of the omega-3 fatty acid endogenous EPA in the blood are at higher risk of developing depression. Fish oil intervention restores the natural protective anti-inflammatory capabilities of the body, and thus protects us from new-onset depression when inflammation occurs.



The study, published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, showed a significant reduction in seizure frequency with a low-dose fish oil treatment vs placebo.


The effective dose used in the study was 1000 mg of omega-3 fatty acids per day in fish oil supplement form. The low dose was associated with a 33.6% reduction in seizure frequency compared with placebo.


Hearing Loss

Regular fish and fish oil consumption (eating fish 2 to 4 times per week and/or consuming fish oil supplements daily) are associated with lower risk of hearing loss in women, according to a study in the upcoming November issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


Cardiovascular Disease

Emerging cellular markers of endothelial damage (inner lining of the blood vessels), integrity, and repair appear to be sensitive to potentially beneficial modification by fish oil supplements, according to a NovemberAmerican Journal Clinical Nutrition study.


Cancer Research Updates


  • Higher intakes of flavonols and flavanones as well as black tea consumption may be associated with lower risk of ovarian cancer, according to a study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

    The other two studies can be accessed by NCI Well Connect subscribers.