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IV HOSPITAL

There are at least 16 dietary products that are so powerful we use them in the hospital. 15 of them we use in the IV formulation as well as the oral form. Over time I will talk about each and every one in detail. I was inspired to do this after I learned of articles bashing vitamins, minerals, and dietary supplements.

Product number one: magnesium. This mineral saves lives. When someone goes unconscious and we don’t know why…we go running to them with lifesaving drugs. Magnesium is one of those drugs, although it is actually a mineral. We use it commonly on the cardiac units for life threatening conditions such as irregular heart rhythms, open heart surgeries, Torsades de pointes and mitral valve prolapse

On the maternity ward it is used to save the lives of mother and baby in preterm labor. It’s sort of like a muscle relaxer and it relaxes the contracting uterus. It also relaxes the muscles in the blood vessels and is used for hypertension and migraines prevention. It’s used for throat spams and other spasticity’s.

It helps regulate other minerals in the body and is used to prevent the formation of kidney stones and osteoarthritis. It’s used in combination with other drugs to partially restore the brain in Wernicke’s disease (also known as wet brain, Korsakoff’s psychosis, and alcoholic encephalopathy.)

This mineral has been used for improving postoperative pain, Detrsor instability of bladder, diabetes type 2, hypercholesterolemia, Hyperphosphatemia. It prevents low potassium in combination with potassium, and reverses magnesium deficiency. It has even been studied in wound healing.

Magnesium is used for so many conditions that we restore everyone’s levels to normal. Things just run smoothly when we do.

One time I went into a patient’s room to ask a question about his home medications and he asked me….”What did you give that made me breathe so much easier?” He was slowly dying of ALS and the drug we used was iv magnesium. I explained to him that he can take it orally at home, but one of the side effects when taken orally is diarrhea. He said he suffered from chronic constipation and would use it to stay regular. He had normal kidney function so I gave him the thumbs up.

Milk of Magnesia is the drug of choice at the hospital I work at for constipation and dyspepsia. Yes you heard right, we use milk-of-magnesium for heartburn and an upset stomach….because it’s something our patients need anyhow….except for patients with kidney dysfunction. Magnesium can quickly accumulate to dangerous levels in people who do not have good kidneys. But it does not harm the kidney. It just simply can not leave the body in the presence of kidney dysfunction.

Now let me drop a bomb on you: Epson salt is magnesium sulfate. Magnesium can also be absorbed through the skin and so there is some truth to grandmas recommendation to take a hot bath in Epson salt when you are not feeling well.

And what do you suppose would happen if you drank Epsom salt? Well, if you didn’t gag from the taste, then any of the good things listed above could happen. Read the label on plain Epson salt and you will see directions for oral consumption. It’s the cheapest form of magnesium I know of.

The most interesting use for magnesium, in my opinion, is for energy and it’s often put in energy drinks.  Eight of 16 healthy male college students were given 4 bottles per day of a beverage containing Mg 25 milligrams (mg) and calcium 50 mg per bottle; the remaining 8 students served as untreated controls. All subjects underwent less than 60% of the usual amount of sleep for one month. The anaerobic threshold (physical exhaustion and muscle pain) and time to reach AT were the same in the chronically sleep-deprived state and the normal state in the Mg-treated group. In the control group, both AT and time to reach AT declined significantly during sleep deprivation (p less than 0.01 for both). Likewise, peak oxygen uptake and peak exercise time declined significantly during sleep deprivation in the control group (p less than 0.01) but were unchanged in the Mg-treated group.

Just to let you know, p value tells you if the number of people studied was large enough to wash out the possibility that the differences that occurred were by chance. It answers the question “did some freakishly strong athlete or some genetic-mutation-of-a-person in one group or the other mess up the data?” When the p-value turns out to be less than a certain significance level, often 0.05 or 0.01 it means the observation is highly unlikely to be the result of random chance alone.

In another small study 25 males took 17 millimoles magnesium orotate per day or placebo for the 4 weeks prior to a triathlon. They had better performance times than did those who took placebo. (500 meters swimming, 20 kilometers bicycle racing, and 5 kilometers running). Swimming time was significantly lower (p=0.025) for the magnesium orotate group. The increase in blood glucose during the test was significantly higher in the placebo group than in the magnesium orotate group (187% vs 118%, p less than 0.001). In the magnesium orotate group, serum insulin during the test decreased to 65% of baseline values while it increased to 139% in the placebo group (p less than 0.021). These values suggest that magnesium orotate improved insulin sensitivity. Plasma magnesium concentration was unchanged in both groups, but erythrocyte magnesium increased in the magnesium orotate group and decreased in the placebo group. While the changes from baseline were not significant for either group, the difference in concentrations of the 2 groups was significant (p=0.045).

And when looking at exercise tolerance for patients with heart disease, fourteen patients were given magnesium orotate or placebo for 4 weeks. Compared to baseline values, left ventricular end-systolic volume at 4 weeks was significantly reduced (p=0.016) and ejection fraction increased (p=0.035) in the magnesium orotate group. Changes in left ventricular end-diastolic volume and stroke volume were not significant. There were no significant changes in the echocardiographic parameters in the placebo group. An increase in exercise duration was not significant for the placebo group (p=0.21) but was significant for the magnesium orotate group (18.0 to 22.6 minutes, p=0.011) (Geiss et al, 1998). Functional capacity, as measured by metabolic equivalents and exercise duration, was greater in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients with higher intracellular magnesium (Mg(i), measured in mononuclear cells). After adjustments for age, body mass index, and systolic blood pressure at maximal exercise, Mg(i) remained a strong predictor of exercise duration. There was no difference in mean serum Mg between the group of patients with normal or below-normal Mg(i) (n=29) and the group with above-normal Mg(i) (n=13).

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So who is at risk of developing a magnesium deficiency?

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Those with stomach or malabsorption problems, alcoholics, people with celiac disease, chrones disease, ulcerative colitis, weigh loss surgery patents, vegitarians, and picky eaters and people over 50. But also healthy people on medications. Medications taken for years can cause magnesium deficiency over time. This is especially true with the heart burn medications called PPI’s. And example of that would be Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, etc..
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So how do you protect yourself from this deficiency? Google foods high in magnesium and consume them every day. Your body takes what it needs from food when you are healthy.
Be healthy, be strong, and live while you are alive!
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images5The promised blog on diet pills.

In a previous blog you might recall me saying that a feel bad for people who have given up on trying to loose weight and be healthy, but there are pills to help and encourage them. This blog is about those pills.

There are so many, where shall I start.  I’ll divide them into two categories.  Those requiring a prescriptions and those that do not require a prescription. The pills that do not require a prescriptions can be divided again into two groups- those you can live on and those that should be used for the least amount of time possible. And the reasons vary as to why you want to get off of them asap. Number one reason in my opinion is because they are not tested for contaminants and you never know for sure what is in them. If you read my blog the down side of vitamins, you’ll discover all the things that can go wrong. It’s scary. People developed hepatitis, kidney failure, cancers, some even died from the contaminants alone. Most the contaminated products come from Asia and India an they are herbal concoctions. However, there was one product from Brazil that had amphetamines in it and a guy tested positive for it at his job. That could ruin a person’s life so fast. You might never be able to shake the suspicion that would fall upon you.

Reason number two: side effects like increase in blood pressure. Bitter Orange is the new ephedra or speed-like diet pill. People on ephedra have also had strokes and that is one reason why it was taken off the market. So far there have been no serious problems with bitter orange. But monitor yourself for side effects and get off asap if you develop any side effects.

The diet pills I think are the safest are ginger, green tea, calcium, arginine and glucomanan. They are so safe that the more you take them, the healthier you get.

Let’s start with Ginger. It curbs that unpleasant sensation in your stomach that makes you want to eat. It can help you to go longer between meals.  Instead of having to eat every 2 hours, you can extend it to every 3 or 4 hours. I keep a bottle of ginger capsules in my purse and when I can’t stop working to eat, I take a ginger cap and then I’m good to go for another hour or two. It buys me time until my next meal.

Here’s another unlikely diet pill: arginine. It inceases growth hormone release from the pituitary, and over time it decreases body fat and increases muscle mass. We use IV arginine in the hospital in slow growing children to diagnose them with dwarfism. Arginine causes a release of growth hormone into the bloodstream and after the arginine infusion we measure the blood levels of growth hormone. If they have no growth hormone release then they are diagnosed with drawfism.

There is even a study of it being used to increase the stature of little boys, and it worked.  The deal breaker for most people who want to take arginine is it can cause severe and frequent out breaks of herpes zosters, shingles, genital herpes, cold sores, fever blisters…stuff like that. So maybe that’s why it’s not as popular as it could be. I take arginine and I love it! I think I’ll write a blog about it because it is soOoOoO fabulous.

Then there is glucomanan which is a super fiber that fills you up and stabilizes you blood sugar so it’s not going up and down like a rollercoaster. Actually, any fiber supplement can help you lose weight especially if you take it before meals with a full glass of water.

In the next blog I will talk about diet pills that your doctor can prescribe. I will mention pills you can live on and pills that your insurance will pay for. Stay tuned. But before I go, I just want to say it’s not so bad being a little bit chubby. I think your face looks plumper and younger with a little bit extra weight on, and there is a study that says the death rate of people who are little bit chubby is lower than those who are the perfect weight. The people with the highest death rate were underweight and obese people. Stay tuned for another blog about this study. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23280227  Also, if you dress properly you can look fabulous despite being chubby.

Below is a chart on diet pill that can be purchased with a prescription. If you want to find the best quality product look on this website http://www.consumerlab.com/ because many products are really not what they say they are and this site actually tests them.

 

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Stimulants Increase Satiety Modulate Carbohydrate Metabolism Modulate Fat Synthesis or    Oxidation Slow or Block
Absorption
Miscellaneous
Bitter orange Guar gum Chromium l-carnitine Chitosan Calcium
Caffeine Glucomannan Ginseng Garcinia (hydroxycitric acid; HCA) White bean Green coffee extract
Fastin (brand) Lipozene (brand) Green tea extract  Arginine
Guarana Blond psyllium Conjugated linoleic acid  Ginger
Yerba mate Pyruvate
Raspberry ketone

I absolutely love to see old people driving fast. Lol! And If I could find a video of an old person driving fast while texting, eating, or adjusting the radio…well then I would probably watch it over and over again.

Stay tuned for a future blog on how to preserve your mind, eyesight, balance, memory, and other cognitive functions. But for now I need to finish my blog on diet pills that you can live on. That should be posted tomorrow so don’t miss it. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

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imagesTestosterone and New Link to Cardiovascular Risks:

If there is one thing I have learned in my 20 years as a pharmacists it is that all drugs are both good and bad. That is proving true with Testosterone.  It’s good because it keeps men vigorous and strong, but the downside it can possibly increase risk of prostate problems, sleep apnea problem and now…cardiovascular disease.   Those seem to be problems predominant in men.  Geez, we already know it’s hazardous being a man.  They don’t even live as long as women.

This a new study linking testosterone use with an increased risk of dying of cardiovascular events. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1764030 is consistent with and earlier study,  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20592293?dopt=Abstract&holding=caugamlib

In this new study, 8,709 men who visited a Veteran’s Administration facility for coronary angiography from 2005 to 2011 and subsequently had serum testosterone < 300 ng/dL (< 10.4 nmol/L), were followed for mean 27.5 months. At the time of angiography, 20% had a previous myocardial infarction (MI), 50% had diabetes. More than 80% had at least 20% stenosis in ≥ 1 epicardial vessel on angiography. Following angiography, 14% began testosterone therapy at some point during the follow-up period (63.3% had testosterone patch, 35.7% had injection, and 1.1% had gel). The median time from angiography to beginning of therapy was 531 days. The primary outcome was a composite of all-cause mortality, MI and ischemic stroke.

Before your eyes glaze over with technical terms, I’ll parapharase: men that were studied were already old and falling apart.  They had bad arteries and had undergone a procedure to open the blood vessels in their heart.  Of those men…some were put on testosterone and some weren’t. This study was looking back on data already collected for other reasons. It was not pre-thought out and the men were not divided up equally and fairly. I’m not sure what prompted the men to start on testosterone, but the study did say that those using testosterone were generally younger and healtheir. And that is what is so startling about this study, despite being in better shape they had more heart attacks, strokes and as a results deaths.  It happened 25.7% of the time to the testosterone group, compared to 19.9% for the men not taking testosterone.

Sad, I know. I was hoping testosterone could breathe new life into older more frail men.  I need to re-think that.

So what does that mean for young healthy men?  Does it mean they need to avoid testosterone or start taking it early before they get old and develop clogged arteries? Your guess is as good as mine.

So what should we do differently?  Number one, do everything in our power to reduce cardiovascular risks and do not minimize the importance of this just because we can’t see it developing. We can see skin rashes, skin sores, infections, and sunburns and we can halt the disease with immediate attention.  But this is not the cases with the inner lining of the blood vessels.

Cardiovascular disease is silent and unseen, yet it is deadly.  If we could only look in our bodies and see the inner lining of our blood vessels that carry vital life sustaining blood, oxygen, and nutrients becoming red, inflamed, hardening, scaring, tearing, thinning, scabbing over with plaque, and breaking we would be compelled to take sudden and aggressive action.

In light of this news we need to rethink whether or not to use testosterone in each individual situations.  We need to answer the questions, Would you rather live 20 more years in your current state: testosterone free and for some that includes feeling lethargic, depressed, weak. Or would you rather live 15 years feeling more alive and vibrant and strong.

I’m not “for” or “against” anything. I just feel that people need the facts so they can make up their own minds on how to live their lives.

It’s your life. It was given to you, no one else.

Stay tuned for a future blog on how to assess your cardiovascular risk using an online calculator and how to reduce your risk to as low as possible. Because if you do choose to stay on testosterone, or start it new, I recommend you do everything in your power to take care of your arteries and veins and you can do that with drugs and supplements.  I will tell you how in a future blog.

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1/31/2014 What the FDA says about the subject http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm384225.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

And, another one of my favorite sources of info: http://www.rxwiki.com/news-article/heart-attack-risk-and-testosterone-therapy-linked-men?utm_source%3D4258017b-eb25-f144-213f-2cfa68889773%26utm_medium%3Drss%26utm_campaign%3Dshort=&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Drugs that reverse hair loss and drugs that cause hair loss.

I don’t have to tell you that your hair is a big part of your appearance and hair can be a tell-tell sign of age. As we age it can become thin, frizzy, brittle and gray.
This is a particularly important subject for me because I had beautiful hair as a teenage and as I got older it got so damaged and unattractive. But the good news, I have completely restored it to my youthful state with one drug listed below. I will reveal that drug in time.
But let me just say that I don’t think baldness is necessarily a bad thing in men. Some women find it very attractive, but I’m sure it can be devistating for some, especially women. This blog is written for those people.

There are several different causes of hair loss but the two most common causes are hormonal related and autoimmune related where the body attacks the hair follicles and kill it. Baldness is seen in both women and men and the drugs used are the same, even though most work best in men who are <40 years of age in the beginning stages of baldness.

Finasteride: also known as Propecia is a pill available on prescription.
Most people don’t realize that there is a pill to treat baldness. But there is and it is used in hormone-related baldness. Originally it was used to treat prostate problems, but they found out it improved baldness. It is used mainly in men but sometimes it is used in women with variable results. In men, finasteride generally works better than drugs applied to the scalp. Loss of libido is a side effect and treatment is usually well tolerated.

It is not clear with women who is likely to respond to therapy. Optimal dosing in women is unknown; higher doses than in men may be necessary. Noticeable results may take six months or longer, and like men, effects are not sustained without continued treatment. Women of child-bearing age should not use finasteride, or must use effective contraception during treatment.

Minoxidil also known as Rogaine is an alternative therapy for patients who can not take the pills. This drug was originally a blood pressure med and is now used in a solution or foam on the scalp. It comes in 2 percent and 5 percent. Five percent solutions works the best, 2 percent solution is usually used by people who get irritation from the 5 percent.

The response to treatment with both agents is variable. People treated with finasteride or minoxidil must continue treatment to maintain efficacy. If treatment is discontinued, hair loss will occur within several months after the cessation of therapy. Scalp irritation is the most common adverse effect of minoxidil. Continuing treatment with minoxidil or finasteride after hair transplantation may help to minimize additional loss of preexisting terminal hairs.

Tretinoin, also known as retin a, is used to increase the absorption of Minoxidil into the scalp.

Biotin 5mg (sometimes expressed as 5,000 micrograms) every day is used by women to grow their scalp hair longer. The testimonials are amazing and it has been studied in a genetic medical condition called tangeled or uncombable hair syndrome in children and baldness in children with variable results. This is the drug that restored my hair. It is once again long, shiny, healthy, strong and straight.

Antharalin cream was tested in men with resistant baldness and did not yield good results.
Spironolactone occasionally used in the treatment of hormonal baldness in women.
Dermatologis specializing in hair restoration also use injections of various chemicals into the scalp.

Combinations are better than single agents alone. There is one reported case of a man using topical 3 percent Minoxidil in 0.01 percent Tretinoin plus oral Finasteride. He was 32-year-old male with androgenic alopecia of 10 year’s duration. Each application was 1 mL; dose of Finasteride was not mentioned. Hair regrowth was noted within the first 3 months. Complete cosmetic goals were reached in 8 months, at which time Finasteride was discontinued, but topical treatment continued.

Costs:
Rogain $16.32 – $27.36 for a one month’s supply
Finasteride Oral 1 mg (30): $81.38, 5 mg (30): $93.80

It’s also important to know that certain medications can cause hair loss. The most common offenders are:
• Antibiotics and antifungal drugs
• Antidepressants
• Birth Control pills (even though sometimes they are used to treat hair loss)
• Anticlotting drugs
• Cholesterol-lowering drugs
• Drugs that suppress the immune system
• Drugs that treat breast cancer
• Epilepsy drugs (anticonvulsants)
• High blood pressure medications (anti-hypertensives), such as beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics
• Hormone replacement therapy
• Mood stabilizers
• Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
• Parkinson’s drugs
• Steroids
• Thyroid medications
• Weight loss drugs
Some of these drugs are life sustaining and should never be discontinued without a doctors approval.

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imagesCA2MS6SSYes, it was heartbreaking to find this out about Cheetos.  For awhile I thought all orange foods had beta-carotene in them.  Apparently not.  I have come along way since then.  My transformation from a junk food junkie to mega healthy and fit goddess didn’t occur over night. It actually occurred over 9 months when I got knocked-up (Forgive me for trying to keep this normally preachy and boring subject, light and funny.)

When I found out the news of my condition I was told no caffeine, no lattes, no artificial sweeteners, no diet cokes, and no wine.  Geez, how am I going to live and escape reality with that list? Well, the though of having a baby with birth defects ruined my appetite and amazingly I was able to abstain from all my previous bad habits.  Then in addition to that I got gestational diabetes….at a time when I had just discovered $1.00 soft serve ice cream cones at McDonalds. They were heavenly after 3 months of constant nausea an vomiting. I needed to make up for lost time and as far as I was concerned I was allowed to eat anything I wanted because I was pregnant, and pregnant with twins for that matter.  Twin boys! Can you believe it?  I went around the maternity ward asking the other women how many babies they were having.  “Only one?” I would reply smugly.  “Oh, I’m having two.”

When I got pregnancy associated diabetes I had to go through “nutritional counseling” That’s when I found out about Cheetos. And if that wasn’t shock enough they said I could only eat 7 grapes in one sitting.  How can that be?  They are supposed to be healthy.  Why can’t I continue to eat the whole bag?  Turns out they have a lot of sugar that would disrupt the delicate, slow, steady growth of my babies.  Once again, the thought of unhealthy babies curbed my appetite. I learned how to eat “low glycemic” to keep my blood sugars constant and stable.

It wasn’t even until the 9 months were over that I realize what a blessing the whole transformation was. All the pre-pregnancy aches and pains that I had lived with for so long were gone. I could walk in my stilettos all day and before that I was eyeing the orthopedic shoes. “They’re not so bad,” I said holding up a 10 pound rubber and leather shoe with what looked like a 100 mile tread warranty on it’s soul.

My hair was shiny and vibrant, my eyes were no longer puffy, swollen and red. Even the annoying rash on my chest was gone. I could wear strappy little tank tops. My skin was now clear and glowing.  Maybe some of it was left-over pregnancy hormones but that didn’t account for it all. I was completely slender. My muffin top was gone despite having twins. And if that wasn’t amazing enough, I didn’t get any stretch marks. I don’t know how that happened, it wasn’t like the babies were small. They were 6 pounds 4 ounces and 5pounds 13 ounces. Of course I am tall and have lots of room in my belly( 5’8″….6ft in high heels)They were so healthy they went home when I went home. This new diet was nothing but goodness.

A lot of people who saw me after I had the babies said, “Wow, you look great!”  My initial thought was “don’t remind me, I had to give up a lot to look like this.” But soon I got used to the new me and I figured out how to sustain this clean and healthy lifestyle. I found ways to deal with moments of weakness when I wanted to devour a whole liter of diet coke. I could take a long, hot bath with lavender scented Epson salt instead.

I could go for a walk or put on some fun music videos from youtube and dance along to take my mind off of food when I was bored and not really hungry.  I discovered soft, chewy, minty gum to enjoy after a healthy meal so I didn’t gorge on dessert.

I discovered essential oils to relax with instead of drinking the whole bottle of wine. There is so much goodness in life that didn’t rob me of my beauty and health little by little the way junk food had.

Slowly my taste buds came to life and I craved healthy, fresh whole foods. I no longer wanted diet cokes. They reminded me of dirty, disgusting water. And the pink packets of artificial sweetener nauseated me.

I was so happy I wanted to share this good news with everyone. So one day when I stumbled across an article that diabetes could be cured in as little as 1 week with proper diet and exercise http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3168743/ I showed it to one of my favorite people at work. An older lady with bad health. My excitement was soon tempered as she said in so many words…I’d rather die a premature death than live that way. I don’t want to deny myself any pleasure while enduring excruciating and sometimes pain exercise routines. The only happiness I have in life is food. Don’t take that away from me.

Reality began to sink in. Ophra had gained weight and I think she said she would never go back to her old life style of diet and exercise. Maybe she just wanted to be happy and left alone? Did I hear her wrong?

My heart ached and bleed for these people. I wanted to do what I could to help them. I am a brilliant Dr of Pharmacy(according to my mother), but in reality I am just an average pharmacist who really cares. I didn’t graduate top of my class from a prestigious school……but I wrote a book anyways. It’s called You Can Do It; AntiAging Pills, Potions and Drugs. It tells the reader how to reverse the hands of time and slow the aging process as much as possible. The book is based on medical studies and trials on dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, over the counter drugs and prescription drugs.

There is so much out there to help and encourage people to start on the road to a healthier lifestyle. I want the world to know. Please retweet or pass this blog link on to someone who has given up and stay tuned for my next blog entitled Diet Pills You Can Live On  (ginger, glucomanan, and green tea. The more you take them, the healthier you get.) 

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6a739_fish_oil_pills_4567482651_044cd63a36_mIt turns out fish oils are one of the top 3 dietary supplements people take. So why are they so popular? Here’s the scoop:

Fish oils are a combination of various fatty acids molecules named omega 3, omega 6, and omega 9. It was discovered that the most beneficial components of fish oils are the omega 3’s. There are 3 main forms of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA, DHA, ALA. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) helps reduce inflammation and triglycerides. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is essential for brain health and function; however, DHA can increase bad LDL cholesterol. Alphalinolenic acid (ALA) is converted by the body to EPA and DHA. ALA is also found in plants, so you don’t need to consume a fishy liquid to get omega threes.

So how much is enough? Well, 4 grams of EPA/day Omega 3 oils is a therapeutic dose to reduce triglyceride levels. If you use less expensive oils containing higher amounts of omega 6 and omega 9’s, you could end up taking up to 12 capsules a day, and too much omega 6 mitigates the good effects of omega 3. Contamination, mislabeling or other problems are found in more than 30% of fish oil/Omega-3 supplements according to ConsummerLabs who independently tests products. To know if you have a good product check their website https://www.consumerlab.com/

So do lower triglyceride translate into fewer heart attacks and death? Evidence for has been inconsistent. While some systematic reviews have found little or no evidence that dietary or supplementary omega-3 fatty acid intake alters the risk of death or cardiovascular events in primary or secondary prevention (Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2004 Oct 18;(4):CD003177, Arch Intern Med 2012 Apr 9 early online),(N Engl J Med 2012 Jul 26;367(4):309). While others have shown some benefit for cardiac mortality (BMJ 2008 Dec 23;337:a2931, Ann Med 2009;41(4):301).

Fish oils have also been studied in atrial fibrillation which is a dangerous and erratic heartbeat. Studies have shown that fish oils don’t work in this situation and may even make the problem worse. For more information see the prescribing instructions for Lovaza or google the following studies: FORWARD, PUFA, OPERA. Do not believe Dr Oz’s blog when he says it can stabilize the heart.(That’s old information) Fish oils DE-stabilizes the heart. Dr Oz also says in that blog that most fish oils are proven safe and effective. My only question to him is who does he think is testing them? Definitely not the FDA. Read my blog titled Do Dietary Supplements Really Works to find out who really does test supplements.

And are they really safe? There is also a concern that fish oils can increase results of blood tests to check your liver function (ALT and AST) and your bad cholesterol levels (LDL-C). Also, there is a concern that they can possibly increase you risk of prostate cancer (but I suspect that is really from the Vitamin E mixed in with the fish oil. Stay tuned for a blog on that), and thin your blood too much if combined with prescription blood thinners.

In summary, fish oils are good for a lot of different reasons: pain, swelling, inflammation associated with chronic disease, high triglycerides, brain fog, and possibly puffy eyes and rashy skin. If you want beauty and brains fish oils are a good choice but, It’s good to know what fish oils can and cannot do for you.

Stayed tuned for more supplement facts and this is the Dr Oz blog I was referring to. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/daily-dose-omega-3

 

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