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Omega-3 Relieves Pain, Depression and Memory Loss

Omega-3 fatty acids like those found in ALTRUM Nutritional Oils have made headlines for helping to prevent heart disease, but memory loss, depression and even learning problems can also result from omega-3 deficiency. High amounts of omega-3 may inhibit tumors, prevent Alzheimer's and even relieve pain and inflammation.

Omega-3 Relieves Pain
"You can get a similar rate of relief from fish oil as you can get from aspirin, ibuprofin, and other anti-inflammatory medications without gastrointestinal problems," says John Klippel, MD, medical director of the Arthritis Foundation.

Omega-3 Fights Depression
Researchers also say that fish, more specifically fish oil, containing omega-3 fatty acids is an effective antidepressant. Omega-3s for depression first drew interest when scientists found that countries consuming the most fish had the fewest cases of depression. Mothers in England who rarely ate fish during pregnancy doubled their risk of depression compared to women who ate fish regularly.

Omega-3 Supports Brain Function
Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated oils the body cannot create and are derived mostly from seafood. Docosahexaenoic acis (DHA) is the particular fatty acid with the most direct influence on brain development.

"DHA is concentrated in the brain right where the neurons communicate with each other and all the signals pass back and forth," said Dr Joseph Hibbeln, a senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health. "The DHA from omega-3 makes up the walls of neurons. The body cannot manufacture DHA, so it has to get it from our diet."

One of the most critical roles of essential fatty acids are in brain function. EFA deficiency can lead to impaired ability to learn and recall information.

ALTRUM Nutritional Oils contain premium Omega-3 fatty acids.

* ALTRUM products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

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