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Very few products available in your local pharmacy can claim as many uses as Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a type of unsaturated fat that are found in high quantities in certain fish (such as salmon, herring, sardines) as well as plant sources (such as flax).

The two most common Omega-3s found in supplements are EPA and DHA. Some supplements will have their Omega-3s derived from fish oils while others will be derived from plant sources. Be sure to choose a product that lists the amount of EPA or DHA per capsule.

There has been some concern by patients over the levels of heavy metals (such as mercury) in Omega-3 fish oils. However, heavy metals tend to accumulate in the protein of the fish rather than the fats. In addition, Health Canada tests all Omega-3 products for their heavy metal content before being made available to the public.

Here are 5 common medical conditions that Omega-3s can help treat:

1. Arthritis – Omega-3s have been shown to help decrease inflammation in the body, therefore they may help relieve some of the pain associated with both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Between 3 – 5 grams of EPA and DHA for 12 weeks are needed for the anti-inflammatory effects.

2. Hyperlipidemia – Omega 3-s can help lower triglyceride (fat) levels circulating in the body. High triglyceride levels contribute to the formation of fat deposits in blood vessels. This can lead to hardening of the arteries, which allows for the formation of dangerous clots which can cause a heart attack or stroke. Studies have shown that 2 – 4 grams of fish oils can lower triglycerides by 20-50%.

3. Hypertension – Omega-3s have a modest effect on reducing blood pressure and may be a viable option for patients with mild hypertension who do not wish to start a prescription medication at this time. Omega-3s reduce the production of agents that constrict blood vessels and increases production of agents that open blood vessels. For cardiac health, 1 gram of EPA plus DHA daily is recommended.

4. Depression – Studies have shown that 1 gram of EPA twice daily may yield anti-depressant and/or mood stabilizing effects. Omega-3s may be suited for the treatment of specific populations, such as pregnant or lactating women where conventional antidepressants must be used with caution.

5. Loss of Vision – Recent studies have shown the beneficial effects of omega-3s on vision, specifically decreasing risk of age related macular degeneration. Further investigations are needed to confirm the results of these studies, however many ophthalmologists are now recommending that their patients take Omega-3 supplements.

If supplements are not for you, try to replace the meat in two of your meals per week with fish. Certain populations (such as Mediterranean and Inuit) that eat high amounts of fish and little amounts of red meats have much lower rates of cardiovascular disease compared to the North American populations.

Omega-3s are not for everyone. For patients on blood thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin) or Aspirin (ASA), be sure to check with your physician or pharmacist before starting on Omega-3s as they may increase the risk of bleeding.

 

Overcoming Osteoarthritis Pain
by Dr. Joyce Tellier Johnson

Is THAT arthritis? That pain in your wrist/knee/hip? Aren’t you too young to have arthritis? My friends are often surprised to discover that they have the beginnings of osteoarthritis. They always ask, “Is there anything I can do about it, aside from taking painkillers?” Here are some answers.

Q. How do I know if I have osteoarthritis?

A. Various degrees of pain in a joint, loss of flexibility, limited movement, and swelling are osteoarthritis symptoms. If some of your joints are stiff and painful, and feel worse with increased use, see your medical practitioner to determine the nature and extent of joint damage.

Q. Can supplements help?

A. Many people find great relief by using supplements that support cartilage health, improve lubrication or reduce inflammation that causes pain. Joints contain cartilage for shock absorption and synovial fluid, which provides nutrients and oxygen. The most popular types of natural products that have consistently positive research results against osteoarthritis symptoms are: glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates, Celadrin® creams and capsules, and omega-3 essential fatty acids. Many people also experience pain relief or motion improvement with SAMe, MSM and enzymes such as bromelain.

Q. What is Celadrin?

A . Celadrin® is a natural anti-inflammatory compound containing “esterified” fatty acids. Esterifying stabilizes the fatty acid to prevent reaction with oxygen. Celadrin is available in a topical cream and in soft gelatin capsules. Several studies have shown that Celadrin provide significant pain relief in as little as 30 minutes, as well as having long term, cumulative benefits.

Q. How does it work?

A. Celadrin works similarly to, but more dramatically than, the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA from fish oils. Celadrin reduces inflammation and lubricates cell membranes throughout the body, restoring fluids that cushion bones and joints to promote flexibility and mobility. By reducing inflammation on an ongoing basis, Celadrin helps joints and surrounding tissue recover for long term comfort and flexibility. It also improves skin health and tone as it supports healthy cell membranes.

Q. Is there any science behind Celadrin?

A. Yes. Both Celadrin oral and topical products have been clinically studied, with results published in the Journal of Rheumatology and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Oral Celadrin was tested in a double-blind, multi-center, placebo-controlled trial (the most scientifically validated type).

Compared to those given a placebo, those given Celadrin capsules had more flexibility, fewer aches, less pain and were able to walk further than the placebo group.

Q. Which is better, Celadrin cream or Celadrin capsules?

A. Both oral and topical applications have been found to be equally effective in separate studies. The Esterified Fatty Acids (EFAC) found in Celadrin®, are absorbed by either method. Holista has Celadrin softgel capsules and Celadrin & Glucosamine soft gelatin capsules, as well as RESTORATIV™ Celadrin Soothing Cream available in North America where Holista products are sold.

Q. Is Celadrin safe?

A. Very. The safety profile of Celadrin is impeccable. Unlike many pharmaceutical arthritis medications, Celadrin addresses the cause of pain not just the symptoms.

Q. How does Celadrin work with Glucosamine?

A. Glucosamine helps rebuild cartilage while Celadrin provides continuous lubrication and allows cell membranes to repel inflammatory chemicals. Celadrin can help glucosamine work faster and more efficiently in rebuilding cartilage as well as accelerating and promoting joint health. Holista Celadrin & Glucosamine is a great option for glucosamine fans.

Q. Does Celadrin replace omega-3 oils?

A. No. Although Celadrin is a fatty acid it does not replace the need for Omega 3 fatty acids from fish oils or flaxseed oil. Omega-3 supplements have complementary actions and can be taken together with Celadrin, each having their own benefits.