New Capsules at the Pharmacy
Designed to help our brain
but might they also help our skin?
Equazen could have a double whammy
Equazen pills have been developed to help memory loss. They contain those lovely Omega 3 and Omega 6 fish oils, which we are told do some much for us, and help our brains,
Dame Judy Dench swears by them when learning her lines.
BUT …… Testers amongst friends have found they could have a double benefit; given to a young child, when he had managed to burn his arms and legs badly, his skin recovered more quickly then expected.
I had given samples to a very sensible young Mum, whose three kids provide plenty of heavy duty testing for any new product, and she reported that what was immediately apparent was the youngest had managed to pull a cup of scalding tea over himself – resulting in a mad dash to A & E and days of treatment. She gave him some of the pills, and found that his skin was recovering more quickly than the hospital expected.
Now, this might have been a lucky kid – so I tried the pills out myself. I was happy that I didn’t seem to be having quite so many ‘senior moments’, but what was much more noticeable was I could see a visible difference to my skin. Even with the recent hot weather, which normally would have had me itching all over, my skin stayed calm. I wasn’t even scratching at my Lymphoedema swellings.
Makers Equazen also advise keeping your brain active; doing crosswords, Suduko, etc. helps, and I am making a conscious effort to read more intelligent stuff. So when the following report came into my email box, I made use of my brain to read it:
SORTING FACT FROM FICTION – OMEGA 3 ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS: A DIETARY MUST HAVE
In response to the latest of many papers from the US AREDS trial, dietitian, Dr Carrie Ruxton from HSIS notes:
“First of all it is vital to note that long-chain omega 3 fatty acids are vital to our health, whatever our age. In fact, experts believe it was the omega-3s in the diets of our Paleo ancestors which allowed them make the extraordinary evolutionary leap from ape-like hominids to homo sapiens. And studies show they are still important today as they help protect against diabetes, heart disease and stroke. In addition, other studies have found that children exposed to optimal intakes of omega-3s in the womb or infanthood tend to have better cognitive function and less risk of allergy.
“Looking at this latest study, it was designed to investigate a combination of nutritional supplements for slowing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of vision loss among older Americans. That study established that daily high doses of certain antioxidants and minerals — called the AREDS formulation — can help slow the progression to advanced AMD. A later study, AREDS2 added omega-3 fatty acids (in the form of fish oil) to the original formulation and evaluated the influence of the new formula on eye health and cognitive function. The AREDS 2 study was designed initially to look at the effect of the formula on the progression of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) and hence included patients with early to mid ARMD. As a result, these patients are not representative of the population groups who could benefit from additional omega-3 supplementation. The resulting data showed there was a slight reduction in cognitive function over the five-year duration of the study with the placebo pill and a similar reduction with the AREDS2 formula but that there was no statistical benefit of the AREDS2 formulation in stopping cognitive decline overall.”
“It is of no surprise therefore that these latest study findings have limited generalisability because the study was conducted in a select population of well-nourished and highly educated persons with at least intermediate AMD or advanced AMD in one eye. The study lasted five years which may not be long enough to test the effect of a supplement on cognitive function, and may also have been started too late as the subjects’ average age at baseline was 72 years.
“Other studies have had completely different outcomes. A controlled clinical trial among 40 healthy people aged 52-70 years found that intake of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids significantly improved cognitive performance after five weeks compared with a placebo. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids are important for optimal brain function and mental health. In prospective cohort and cross-sectional studies of middle aged and elderly populations, higher proportions of omega-3 fatty acids in plasma were linked with a lower risk of cognitive decline.”
In summary, Dr Ruxton adds: “These findings just published should not stop people from consuming
omega-3 fatty acids as they are essential for our health. Government dietary research (NDNS) continues to show that we do not consume enough oily fish on a weekly basis which is a rich source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, intakes of omega-3 fatty acids are around half of the Department of Health recommendation in the UK of 450mg per day. A supplement containing these nutrients should be recommended as a means of bridging this dietary gap, especially for the two thirds of British adults and nine out of ten children and adolescents who do not eat oily fish on a regular basis.”
So – lots to mull over, and my skin is happy that I am continuing to take Omega 3 pills and eat oily fish.
The Health Supplements Information Service (HSIS) (www.hsis.org.uk; Tel: 020 7052 8955) is an independent information body, set up to provide balanced information on vitamins and minerals. It is supported by a restricted educational grant from the Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB).