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Pharmaceutical grade fish oil

According to the renowned research scientist Dr. Barry Sears, studies are increasingly focusing on high dose pharmaceutical grade fish oil. Actually, fish oil has been studied for some time. However, it has been looked at with more intensity ever since the Greenland Eskimos were analyzed by Danish and other European doctors in the 1970’s. They wanted to know why the Greenlanders suffered very little in the way of heart disease-even though they had a lot of fat in their diets.

Fish oil affects a specific set of hormones. The more fish oil that is consumed, broadly speaking, the more “good” and the less “bad” eicosanoids (a certain type of hormone) an individual will have in their body. A key for 21st century medicine will be to balance these hormones as much as possible.

High dose pharmaceutical grade fish oil may be the top source of omega-3 fatty acids since purification methods have become so advanced in recent years, particularly with molecular distillation. And quite unlike traditional cod liver oil, newer methods have mostly eliminated impurities such as mercury and pcb’s from high-grade fish oil. Fish oil has EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are both long chain omega-3 fatty acids.

Essential fatty acids(EFA’s) are grouped into two distinct families, omega-6 EFAs and the omega-3 EFAs. Broadly speaking, omega 6 fatty acids promote the production of the “bad”eicosanoids, responsible for cellular inflammation within the very cells of the body, while long chain omega 3 fatty acids do just the opposite.

Dr. Sears has said that the purity of the fish oil is the single most important factor to think of when taking it as a supplement. To manufacture ultra refined or pharmaceutical grade fish oil requires a lot of purification. It takes some 100 gallons of health-food grade fish oil to make a single gallon of ultra refined or pharmaceutical grade fish oil! Dr Sears has 13 U.S. patents in this field of medicine.

If you intend to supplement your diet with fish oil, it may be a good idea to take pharmaceutical grade fish oil as you do not have the same concerns about mercury and pcb’s as you may have with an inferior fish oil product.

Fish oil for a child

Fish oil has been used on many occasions to see whether this natural oil can help with conditions such as ADHD, ADD, poor behaviour, poor concentration and poor reading and spelling in young children.

The results that have come back so far from this research all seem to be saying the same things. That is, that EPA fish oil given to young children to supplement their diet can have very positive effects on all of the above conditions, some more than others

This research led me to give my two young children ( a girl of 4 and a boy of 6) a daily dose of high grade EPA fish oil  to see if it could help with there concentration and school work  in general.

I started to supplement my childrens’ diets with a daily dose of 600mg of EPA (no DHA) and 200mg of Borage oil (48mg of GLA), I also gave them gummy bear vitamins 3 times per week (Boots own) and a mineral tonic (minadex) 3 times a week to help the oil “get into their system better” they were both approximately 3 years old when I started this regime.

Their diet in general was very good, hardly any fizzy drinks (unless we ate out as a treat) a tiny bit of chocolate everyday and crisps once a week in there lunch box or at home as a treat.

I also took the children to get exercise at least 4 times per week, this was in the form of a children’s gymnastic club and 2 swimming lessons, with at least one long walk, bike ride or a playful swim. This still left plenty on time for cartoons and the play station (which I believe gives good hand eye coordination at a young age)

When my little boy started school he was a November baby so he was one of the oldest in the reception class, every school report he had was excellent and parents evening was over in a flash, the teacher (who I also thought was excellent) just kept saying you are going to have no problems what so ever, he is bright, keen and can concentrate for hours!  So it did not come as any surprise when the school informed us that he was skipping year 1 and was going to be put it in with year 2 pupils.

The big shock for me was my little girl  who was an August baby, now although keen and bright in my eyes she just did not have the same powers of concentration as my little boy ( at 5 he sat through 3 hours of Harry potter at the cinema and only moved because his bottom went numb)

I found out she was the second youngest in the entire school and to be honest did not think she was ready for school at 4 years old.   So when parents evening came around I just could not believe it when the same teacher told me she had put her in one of the top 2 groups, she went on to say that her concentration along with her reading ability for her age was nothing short of fantastic, another major proud dad moment came just this year (2006) when we were told that she too will skip year 1 and move up into year 2 just like her brother.

Very impressive when you consider that she will only be one or two months older than some of the children coming into the  reception class, and will at the same time be starting her year 2 work   I think that diet, nutrition and  fish oil have all played a major contributing roll  in giving them all the skills they need to be able to shine and move forward at school.

So fish oil for a child?  Well unless the child eats 3 healthy portions of oily fish per week then we think it is a very good idea!

Borage oil

What is borage oil?

Borage oil is probably better known as starflower oil, this being the plant from whose seed the oil is extracted – but researchers have been more interested in the oil’s active component than the oil itself. Whatever you like to call it, the oil’s medicinal properties have made it the centre of attention for both alternative and mainstream medicine.

The ‘magic’ active ingredient of borage oil, which brings its possible health benefits, is GLA – gamma linoleic acid. This is a long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid, one found in very few plants. Along with borage it’s found in hemp, blackcurrant and evening primrose, but borage has it in an especially great concentration. Borage oil supplements usually contain 24% GLA, and the amount of GLA in the oil itself is between 20% and 27%.

It’s good to take GLA supplements to help the body attain and maintain a healthy balance. The body has the ability to obtain GLA from linoleic acids, found in omega 6 oils which include safflower, sunflower and corn oils. However, over-consumption of these oils, as is typical today, can inhibit the body’s uptake of GLA as it becomes more difficult to convert linoleic acid to GLA.

Modern food production can produce food that the body finds hard to digest and utilise. For example, the likes of margarine can only be made through hydrogenation, a process which involves subjecting oils to very high temperatures and changing the chemical structure of fatty acid molecules. This can alter the configuration of the molecules from ‘cis’ which is healthy, to ‘trans’ which carry their own risks if over-consumed. Too much in the way of trans fats in a diet can block the enzymatic conversion of linoleic acid to GLA, which can only be bad for the body. It means you lose out on many important vitamins and minerals including vitamins A and C, potassium and zinc.

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