Omega-3 Fatty Acids improve COPD
COPD (Chronic obstructive lung disease) is a group of serious lung conditions that have symptoms
such as difficulty in breathing usually accompanied by wheezing and coughing. Conditions in the
category of COPD include emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. In this study 64 patients with
COPD were given either a drink rich in Omega-3 fatty acids or Omega 6 fatty acids for two years. At
the end of two years it was found that the patients on Omega-3 fats had improved breathing during
brief exercise bouts and at the same time inflammatory chemicals decreased in their blood and mucus.
The study appears in the December 2005 issue of the journal Chest.
Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.
At the start of this study the impact of the supplements Green Tea Extract and CLA were not
even thought of yet - studies show these both impact weight.
Omega-3 with Omega-6 fatty acids improve language skills in children with behavioral problems
65 children with behavioral problems were given a daily combination of Omega-3 fish oil and
Omega-6 primrose oil for five months. These children had an average 7 month delay in language
skills. The children taking the oils had on average a seven month improvement in receptive
language ability and a nearly nine month improvement in expressive language ability. The control
group of kids not on the oils made only an average 5 month improvement - the expected improvement
over 5 months. At the start of the study 47 percent of the parents rated their children as having
either poor or very poor behavior, by the end of the study this figure dropped to 4 percent. The
daily supplement consisted of 475mg EPA, 151mg DHA, and 54mg GLA. The research was performed at
the University of Durham, UK, and appears in the current Peterlee Sure Start Program Report and
will be published in the Nutrition and Health Series of books.