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HEALTH ARTICLES

April Health Show: Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids

from Jana Mitcham
April 15, 2006

April Health Show: Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids
Join hosts Diamond Affiliate, Meme Groseth (MG), and Vice President, Tom Mitcham (TM), for an informative discussion of the heath benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids:

MG: Are you there Tommy?

TM: I sure am Meme, and I can't wait to give that free product. Tonight's free product is our Omega III product--certainly a product that I hope everyone on this call is familiar with. Our Omega III product contains 2 powerful, bioavailable forms of essential fatty acids called EPA (Eicosapentanoic Acid--EE-ko-sah-pen-ta-NO-ic) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic--do-ko-sa-HEX-eh-noic) and it also contains Vitamin E as an antioxidant.

MG: I am really excited about this free product ? as should everyone on this call be ? especially if you are on the 100BP Autoship because the Omega III is the April free AutoShip product. This amazing product has many benefits: they impact almost every body function including pain mechanisms, cardiovascular functions, inflammatory processes, gastrointestinal function, fluid systems, nervous system, hormones and especially cell membrane development which we'll hear more about on this call.

TM: Now to give that free product! Don't forget to call out your name before answering. Now for the first question:

Q1: Where can you find out how to discredit the recent attacks on supplements?

Ans: The "latest news" on the GMT homepage and Jana's Corner in an article entitled "Dietary Supplements Attacked by the Media." Read this article to find out the "real truth" behind some of these misleading reports.

Winner:

Q2: What health benefit did Amanda receive from drinking Limu Plus?

Ans: What she called an indescribable sense of energy.

Winner:

Q3: What impact did this have on her friend, who called her?

Ans: Her friend was so impressed at how "perky and energetic" Amanda sounded (after knowing how tired she had been for years)that she said she wanted some Limu Plus!

Winner:

Q4: Which Natique product made an immediate difference in the lines in Dulsanea's face?

Ans: Natique Firming Lift

Winnner:

MG: Congratulations to all our winners-don't forget to call the home office to claim your free Omega III.

MG: Tom will be sharing some information with us tonight about Omega 3 fatty acids. We will not be making any claims that Vitamark products cure, treat or prevent any diseases. We are simply educating you to the amazing impact that Omega 3 fatty acids have on your health.

TM: Meme, you know me ? I always like to start off by seeing if anyone has a testimonial to share. Some of you may have shared your testimonial previously, don't hesitate to do it again ? there are always new people on the call who have not heard it. We'll start with 2 testimonials and save the rest for the end of the call ? don't be shy ? remember you get free product when you share. Now who'll be first?

TESTIMONIALS

MG: Thanks for sharing. Now for that information on Omega 3s.

TM: That's right, Meme, tonight we are going to discuss Omega 3 fish oils, a category of what are considered essential fatty acids. Why "essential": because they cannot be manufactured by the body,but must be obtained through diet or supplementation.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in tissues of oily fish. There is some concern for a risk of mercury/other pollutants toxicity ? especially from oils from the bigger varieties of fish. That is why in addition to strict screening procedures for toxicity, Vitamark uses the smaller anchovies from which to obtain its oils.

MG: It's so good to know that Vitmark is always taking care of us. Now,Tommy, can you tell us just how do Omega 3's impact the body?

TM: They are biochemically converted to impact the body initially in two ways: First, they become incorporated into the cell membrane and help the cell membrane maintain optimal fluid levels. Without enough Omega 3s, the cell walls will incorporate saturated and other fats and become hardened(not good).

MG: Is it not a fact,Tommy, that essential fatty acids are the major building blocks of the membranes surrounding every cell in the body?

TM: You are right, Meme. They form what is known as the lipid bilayers because they are made up of two layers of fat to form fatty acid walls which facilitate the opening and closing of the cell's channels and allow passage of important messenger molecules into and out of every cell.

The second impact that Omega 3s have on the body is its ability to convert into hormone-like substances called eicosanoids (ee-KO-sah-noids)that impact metabolic function, blood clotting, inflammation, vasoconstriction and vasodilation, blood pressure, immune function; and, even mood.

MG: These guys are certainly not lightweights in the overall scheme of our health.

TM: They certainly aren't Meme. We want to focus on two of these important Omega 3 fatty acids: EPA(eicosapentanoic acid ? EE-ko-sa-pehn-ta-NO-ic) and DHA(docosahexaenoic acid ? do-ko-sa-HEX-eh-noic). We are focusing on these two because of their significance to brain health. EPA and DHA are needed in the brain to a significant degree. In fact, the brain requires more of these Omega 3s than any of the other organs because the major structural component of the brain is fat. 60 % of the dry weight of the brain is fat.

MG: I understand that during the development of the fetus in the womb, that the DHA builds the structure of the brain and retina of the eye. According to Artemis Simopoulas,MD and author of The Omega Diet, this happens when the DHA passes from mother to baby during the last trimester of pregnancy. It makes sense to have Omega III as part of the pregnancy regimen.

TM: Surely does, Meme. It is also invaluable as part of the diets of our children for continuing developmental and long term health benefits. A fact pointed out by Jana in an article in Jana's Corner entitled: "Want Your Kids to be Smarter than Average? Omega 3 Fish Oils May be the Answer!"

The answer, that is, according to the Oxford-Durham Study: A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Dietary Supplementation With Fatty Acids in Children With Developmental Coordination Disorder (A British study conducted by Alexander J. Richardson, DPhil(Oxon) and Paul Montgomery). This study was reported on in PEDIATRICS Vol. 115 No. 5 May 2005, pp. 1360-1366 (doi:10.1542/peds.2004-2164). For a summary of the study go to www.pubmed.gov and search the title or go to Jana's Corner where it is pointed out that this study could indicate that behavioral and learning disorders may be linked to dietary deficiencies of vital nutrients like those contained in Omega 3(necessary for brain development and function) fish oils and missing in modern "processed" diets.

The study included 120 British Children(ages 5-12) who were considered "normal" but labeled underachievers who had dyspraxia( a condition that includes problems with motor skills and coordination and often overlaps dyslexia, ADHD and autism).

And, what was concluded: "Fatty Acid supplementation may offer a safe efficacious treatment option for educational and behavioral problems? Additional work is needed? to assess the durability...on behavior and academic progress.

CERTAINLY FOOD FOR THOUGHT and a good reason to consider supplementing your children's diet with Omega III, Vitamark's fish oil supplement!

MG: It certainly is food for thought , when you consider that you can eat fish to obtain these benefits. Are there other studies that focus on the fact that daily intake of fish might help our brains stay healthy .

TM: There certainly are, Meme. A study from the University of Guelph that found elderly patients with various types of abnormal cognitive function all had lower levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA; an omega-3 fatty acid found most abundantly in fish) than subjects with normal cognitive functioning.

The study prompted,Julie Conquer, director of the University of Guelph's Human Nutraceutical Research Unit, to say, "Low DHA levels are already affiliated with several disorders. Given that our research indicates that decreased levels of DHA also appear to accompany cognitive impairment with aging, we think this is a sign we should all be eating more fish."

There is a more recent study about another benefit of Omega 3s from Tufts University where researchers analyzed ten years of data taken from more than 1,100 elderly men and women who had participated in the Framingham Heart Study. The impressive results showed that those who had high levels of DHA and who also ate about three fish meals each week, had nearly 50 percent reduced risk of developing certain types of cardiovascular conditions.

MG: So, while proof that DHA intake prevents age-related mental decline is still a long way off, most of us out here in the real would experience no downside by keeping DHA levels high, due to its other potential health benefits.

TM: That's right , Meme, you and your children would benefit from taking these two long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids which have been shown to help address mood, as well as cardiovascular concerns, joint concerns, behavior, immune challenges and for its impact on the development of the brain.

MG: Thanks for this information tonight. I know that Omega III is certainly going to be a part of my daily health regimen, Well it 's time to say goodnight, Tommy.

TM: Before we go, I'd like to invite any of you that have been inspired to share your testimonial, to do so at this time.

TESTIMONIALS

TM: Thanks for sharing. Please remember that this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

References:

"A Diet Enriched with the Omega-3 Fatty Acid Docosahexaenoic Acid Reduces Amyloid Burden in an Aged Alzheimer Mouse Model" The Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 25, No. 12, 3/23/05, jneurosci.org

"Fatty Acid-Rick Diet May Block Alzheimer's" Reuters Health, 3/22/05, reutershealth.com

Birch,E.E.,et al.Dietary essential fatty acid supply and visual acuity development. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, Vol. 33, October 1992, pp. 3242-53.

Auestad N., Scott D.T., Janowsky J.S., Jacobsen C., Carroll R.E., Montalto M.B.,Halter R.,Qiu W., Jacobs J.R., Connor W.E.,,Connor S.L.,Taylor J.A., Neuringer M., Fitzgerald K.M., Hall R.T. Visual, cognitive, and language assessments at 39 months: a follow-up study of children fed formulas containing long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids t o 1 year of age. Pediatrics. 2003 Sep;112(3 Pt 1):e177-83.

Carlson, S.E. Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and development of human infants. Acta Paediatr Suppl, No.430,1999, pp.72-7.

Burgess, John R.,et al Long -chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in children with attention-deficit hyperactiviy disorder. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 71 (suppl) , January 2000, pp. 327S-330S.

Chiu CC, Huang SY, Su KP. Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids for postpartum depression(baby blues). Am.J.Obstet.Gynecol.2004Feb;190(2):582-3.

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