Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New Studies on Fish Oil and Inflammation

Optimum cellular health throughout the entire body reduces the risks of age-related disease and maintains good health. Keeping our cells functioning properly, with all organs and systems humming along in harmony, is the foundation to radiant health and well being. Yet we do not always experience a perfect state of health. Appreciation for good health cannot exist without episodes of illness. It is when we are faced with a serious diagnoses or a chronic, persistent condition that we take action and pursue the path to healing. One condition that research has shown to assist in the development of some diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, is chronic inflammation.

Fish oil is a popular and highly studied supplement that continues to show promise for overall health, including conditions such as heart disease, inflammation, fatigue, and depression. The newest study reveals that the omega 3 fats found within fish oil can help to reduce a woman’s risk for developing breast cancer. The study, recently published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, followed 35,016 women without cancer. 880 of the participants did develop cancer. The study concluded that fish oil reduced the risk for developing invasive ductal breast cancer, the most common type of breast cancer, by 32%, but did not significantly alter the risk for lobular breast cancer, which forms in the milk glands. Researchers credited this reduction in risk to the anti-inflammatory effects of omega 3 fats. However, lead investigator Emily White, Ph.D. admitted that this study is not enough to specifically recommend fish oil supplements to prevent breast cancer.

A different study also demonstrated the powerful ability of DHA and EPA (omega 3 fats in fish oil) to lower inflammation in the body and help maintain appropriate levels of free radicals. Given the positive analysis of the omega 3 fats in fish oil, some doctors do promote the use of these supplements for conditions that are related to inflammation, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. The standard American diet has been shown to be drastically low in omega 3 fats in comparison to the diets of other cultures and countries. Although the positive evidence for fish oil is impressive, whether you decide to supplement with fish oil (or a different source of omega 3 fats) is a personal decision that should be made between you and your doctor. There is not a single magic pill that will cure diseases that are a result of gradual, chronic inflammation.

Controlling inflammation is a top priority in helping to treat cancer patients, but there are other healthier options. Padma, an ancient formula from Tibetan medicine, is a supplement made of 19 herbs that naturally controls inflammation and hyperviscosity while improving circulation. This ancient herbal formula promotes healthy circulation, reduces inflammatory conditions and supports the immune system. Most importantly, Padma may block the spread of cancer. A study by Dr. Israel Vlodavsky discovered that Padma blocked the formation of the enzyme that helps cancer cells stick to blood vessels, preventing them from spreading and metastasizing to other organs.

Tibetan medicine views Padma as a cooling formula and as such is used in "hot conditions." The formula is broadly appropriate for overall "cooling" and has been clinically evaluated. To really decrease levels of inflammation and therefore address cardiovascular disease and cancer, the use of certain herbs and supplements, integrated with a healthy, natural diet and exercise is a safe course of action.

More information on Padma and its benefits can be found at

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