Have the Right Fish Oil Source?
From eNewsletter 3/6/2023
DID YOU KNOW there are two forms of commercially available fish oil?
The form we have always preferred, the triglyceride form, is the natural form. The form we do not endorse, the ethyl ester form, is available commercially but also comprises prescription fish oils.
Trans-esterification transforms fish oil into the synthetic ethyl ester form that’s far removed from the natural fish oil you’d get when eating fatty fish. If you did not get your fish or cod liver oils from us, look at your labels to make sure you are taking the triglyceride form. If you're not sure, ask us.
Here are two exciting fish oil studies we found recently:
According to Frontiers in Nutrition, the use of fish may reduce levels of triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL, VLDL, Apo-B, and Apo-AI while increasing the levels of HDL.
12 weeks of fish oil supplementation in amateur distance runners increased their running economy (VO2max) and improved their immune markers post-runs, according to Medicine in Science & Sports Exercise.
Steve Minsky MS, HWC
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Mental Health Repair
Steve: You may have seen the startling study from last September's issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine that depression was prevalent among nearly 1 in 10 Americans and almost 1 in 5 adolescents and young adults.
Moreover, most adolescents with depression neither told or talked with a healthcare professional about depression symptoms nor received treatment.
There are myriad reasons for this tremendous uptick but here are a few reasons and solutions.
Sense of Purpose
Adolescents who feel a greater sense of purpose may be happier and more satisfied with life than peers who feel less purposeful, suggests a recent study in Journal of Happiness.
A sense of purpose in life fuels hope and optimism and has a variety of positive effects on individuals' physical and mental health. What was also interesting for those worried about "keeping up with the Joneses," the researchers found that no matter where you are in comparison with your peers, when you feel more purposeful, you have better outcomes.
A recent study in Frontiers in Nutrition found a direct correlation between sugar-sweetened beverages and fast foods and deterioration of adolescents' mental health.
Researchers publishing in British Journal of Sports Medicine are calling for exercise to be a mainstay approach for managing depression, anxiety, and distress, as a new study shows that physical activity is 1.5 times more effective than counseling or the leading medications.
Non-Invasive, Non-Pharmacologic Treatments
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is associated with antidepressant effects, new research from The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry suggests. In an analysis of data from more than 1800 patients with a diagnosis of major depressive disorder, those with anxious depression showed reductions of at least 50% on anxiety and depression scores.
A recent review in Advances of Nutrition was the first to examine the effects of fish oil on the psychological function and found a significant uptick of the Global Assessment of Functioning scale.
The American College of Physicians has issued new guidelines which state that patients with mild depression should start with with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) alone. The guidelines for managing acute major depressive disorder, or those with moderate to severe depression, may start with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) alone or a second-generation antidepressant (SGA) alone.