Miami, Florida (PRWEB) September 15, 2011
Nutri-Med Logic Corp: Should more focus be placed on an Omega-3 diet for Alzheimer's?
A recently published study suggests that diabetes, midlife high blood pressure, midlife obesity, depression, physical inactivity, smoking and poor education / mental inactivity are among the most important risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s.
Four of these risk factors: High blood pressure, Obesity, Depression and Diabetes have direct links to both stress and inflammation, two factors that are the target points of an Omega-3 diet.
The higher elevation of two inflammatory markers (TNF and IL-6) are implicated in Obesity, Hypertension and Diabetes.
IL-6 and TNF are both activated and/or their activities are increased via an inflammatory switch, as a manner of speak; this switch is called NF-kB.
If this switch is left on for longer period of time than necessary, it will either cause or contribute to chronic, degenerative and inflammatory diseases, such as Obesity, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Depression, etc. (1)
NF-kB is turned off and/or its activity is reduced with Cortisol (the stress hormone). Accordingly, if the switch (NF-kB) is turned off or possesses a reduced capacity, than normal, for longer period of time than necessary, then the body will be exposed to infectious and opportunistic diseases. (2)
Cortisol and NF-kB are key immune mechanisms. NF-kB is pro-inflammatory mechanism and cortisol is an anti-inflammatory mechanism. When both NF-kB and cortisol are properly regulated (Homeostasis), then the immune system will have the ability to self-regulate itself. However, if either one of the two misbehaves, then body will lose it homeostasis (ability to self-regulate itself) many age-related diseases manifest themselves.
Interestingly, diet plays an important role in the homeostasis or good behavior of Cortisol and NF-kB. Certain food are considered pro-inflammatory and others are considered anti-inflammatory; most notably Omega-6 and Omega-3.
Depending on the amount of intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids of Omega-6 and Omega-3; both of which are essential to the human body, the activities of NF-kB could be enhanced or moderated.
The human body is incapable of making either Omega-6 or Omega-3, thus, both are transported to the body through diet (food). Omega-6 is found in most foods but Omega-3 in cold-water fishes.
Omega-6 enhances inflammatory mechanism and Omega-3 anti-inflammatory mechanism. In another word, Omega-6 would enhance the activities of NF-kB and Omega-3 would moderate it. A more behaved NF-kB would result in a more behaved cortisol production.
Studies by the Department of Experimental Medicine and Oncology, University of Turin, Italy, suggests that NF-kB could be moderated by means of a suitable dietary ratio of Omega-3/Omega-6. (3)
Omega-3 has two important components: DHA and EPA. DHA is the precursor to Resolvin-D and EPA is precursor to Resolvin-E; both of which contribute to the resolution of inflammation. DHA is mainly used in the Nervous System and EPA in the cardiovascular system.
Resolution of inflammation contributes to the moderation of NF-kB and thus moderation of the Cortisol.
DHA of Omega-3 also moderates Corticotropin Release Factor, the parent to the stress hormone Cortisol.
In conclusion, Nutri-Med Logic Corp agrees with the study published in The Lancet Neurology, but adds that since both Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), the two important Omega-3 fatty acids, both play an equal role in the resolution of inflammation, more specifically, in production of Resolvin-D from DHA of Omega-3 and Resolvin-E from EPA of Omega-3, then a Balanced Omega-3, having 50% EPA, 50% DHA, without a doubt, should be the Omega-3 of choice for those looking for anti-inflammatory diet.
Nutri-Med Logic Corp is a producer of dietary supplements, including a Concentrated and Balanced Omega-3: having the same concentration of EPA and DHA, 50% - 50%.
DHA of Omega-3, also, offers beneficial properties mainly for the brain, nervous system and EPA of Omega-3, additionally, offers beneficial properties in cardiovascular system.
Nutri-Med Logic's products are Formulated Based on Nutritional Logic, made from the highest quality raw materials that are manufactured in pharmaceutical facilities, encapsulated in pharmaceutical facilities and, also, packaged in pharmaceutical facilities.
It must be noted that the studies, sources or statements, above and below, have not been evaluated by The FDA and, thus, one should not relate the cause of any diseases, stated herein, to lack of Omega-3 dietary supplementation; nor equate its supplementation to prevention, treatment or cure.
1. Journal of Clinical Investigation. Volume 107, Issue 1 (Jan. 1, 2001)
2. Brain, Behavior and Immunity. 2009 Nov;23(8):1148-55
3. Biochemical Biophysical Research. 1996 Dec 13;229(2):643-7.