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Do You Need More Omega-3 Than Most?

From eNewsletter 10/4/2021

DID YOU KNOW that there is bipartisan legislation authorizing dietary supplement purchases using pre-tax dollars without medical necessity? H.R. 5214 recognizes dietary supplements as qualified medical expenses, and will allow supplement purchases via Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). Patients can currently use HSA and FSA for supplements if they are considered medically necessary. Please contact your federal house reps and let them know you support this legislation. In other government-related news, a JAMA study found participation in SuperSNAP for those who are food insecure was associated with meaningful increases in healthy food purchasing. SuperSNAP is a program that provides an additional $40 per month for the purchase of fruits and vegetables with no added sugar, sodium, or fat to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries. Phenomenal, although they should not have to spend an extra $40 for it, it should already be included.

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Who Needs Omega-3's The Most?

Steve and Bonnie: We know you are aware that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and their metabolites have long been recognized to protect against inflammation-related diseases including heart disease. Recent reports present conflicting evidence on the effects of omega-3 on major cardiovascular events. While most studies document that omega-3 supplementation reduces the risk for heart disease, others report no beneficial effects on heart disease primary outcomes. What the researchers did not tell you, and in most cases did not take into account, was that much of this heterogeneity may be related to the genetic variation in different individuals/populations that alters their capacity to synthesize omega-3 fatty acids from their precursors, linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic fatty acids. A new study in Nutrients looked to solve this conundrum by examining the role of the FADS gene, critical for turning dietary oils into usable omega-3 EPA and DHA. Given the dramatic differences in the frequencies of FADS variants that impact the efficiency of omega-3 biosynthesis, the researchers conclude that large clinical trials utilizing “one size fits all” omega-3 supplementation approaches are unlikely to show effectiveness. However, the evidence in their study suggest omega-3 supplementation represented an important opportunity for precision interventions focused on those populations with FADS gene polymorphisms (defects), which in turn, showed efficacy for heart disease prevention. The FADS gene is part of our Pure Genomics genetic wellness screening and we consider it to be one of the most critical genes of the panel.