• The discovery of DHA for preterm birth

    Dr. Susan Carlson’s story is the discovery of DHA omega-3 in preterm birth. From learning that brains of preterm babies were void of DHA to now helping doctors identify how much DHA their pregnant patients need for a healthy birth. DHA is essential for infants and moms need it too; identifying the healthy equilibrium between mother and child is on the horizon. Building on discovery, asking key questions, trial limitations; her story is a real-time demonstration of scientific collaboration that improves human health.Topics Discussed: 2:10 Dr. Carlson background & education 3:58 Initial research on DHA in babies 6:42 Research on infant vision 14:02 DHA supplementation during pregnancy & early pre-term birth superiority trial18:08 Addressing the role of EPA in pregnancy 19:32 Dietary Guidelines for omega-3 consumption 22:41 Closing thoughts on DHA as it relates to pregnancy Resources Mentioned in this episode:Dr. Susan Carlson's Biohttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4978141/https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34308309/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2647754/

    E1 - 25m - Jan 26, 2022
  • Where the science began: A tribute to Dr. Ralph Holman

    Who identified EPA and DHA omega-3? Ever wonder why omega-3 fats are called “omega-3”? How did we learn what fats were essential? In this episode, we take a walk back to hear Dr. Ralph Holman’s story, from poverty to pioneer; how his quest to solve problems built the foundation of omega-3 science. Living legends today sought his wisdom and his mentee, Dr. Doug Bibus, tells the story. Smuggling, brandy, sardines, love, ocean ships, character, and simple living are part of this American dream. Topics Discussed 3:17 Ralph Holman's background 4:27 Dr. Holman's discoveries at the University of Minnesota 11:36 Holman Omega-3 test 16:00 How Dr. Holman came to name omega-3s 18:28 The beginning of Dr. Holman's research on lipids 20:56 Dr. Holman's personal background 25:06 Ralph Holman's impact on Doug Bibus' life & career Resources Mentioned in this episode: Dr. Ralph Holman Bio

    27m - Dec 14, 2021
  • Football, concussions and Omega-3: Brainer or No-Brainer

    Speaking to coaches, parents, and athletes, Dr. Oliver and Cody Lust discuss what they learned about head trauma and omega-3 from their research in Division I college football players. Does omega-3 provide protection for the brain? What are the omega-3 levels in athletes today? Huddle in to hear about concussion vs. repetitive sub-concussive impact, function vs. optimal intake of omega-3; should football be banned and what about other sports, such as soccer, rugby, gymnastics, and hockey? Topics Discussed: 2:25 Introduction to concussion and sub-concussive impacts 6:01 DHA omega-3 related research 12:30 Omega-3 dose response in collegiate athletes 19:18 Recommendations on omega-3 intake 22:31 Should we ban contact sports? 27:09 New research on omega-3 Resources Mentioned in this episode: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26765633/ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29368186/

    30m - Oct 20, 2021
  • Omega-3 in heart disease; the original story from the source

    "Dr. Jorn Dyerberg tells the story of discovering the role of omega-3s in human health. It’s his story to tell. More than 50 years ago as a young medical student, Dr. Dyerberg and his mentor set out to understand how Greenland Inuits could have such a low rate of heart disease while living on a high fat diet. A sense of adventure, sled dogs, seal blubber, scientific methods, commitment to publish, and collaboration are all part of the story that launched the science of marine-sourced omega-3s. 

    Topics Discussed:

    5:40 Dr. Dyerberg's journey to Greenland 

    8:24 Research that contributed to Dr. Dyerberg and Dr. Bang's omega-3 discovery 

    11:08 Omega-6 research on blood clotting tendencies 

    17:26 Medical research acceptance and clinical trials on omega-3s 

    19:43 Clarifying comments on bleeding tendencies 

    26:33 Closing thoughts on life's research & omega-3 deficiencies  

    Resources Mentioned in this episode:

    Dr. Jorn Dyerberg Bio 

    Bang and Dyerberg's omega-3 discovery turns fifty  

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1163480/ "

    30m - Sep 14, 2021
  • Mother becomes scientist to help young son overcome neurodevelopmental differences

    Rachel Gow explains how her quest for answers to help her child’s learning and behavior differences inspired her career in neuroscience and nutrition. Dr. Gow shares her experiences, early failures and learnings, and the moment her son told her he felt ‘happy’. Her new book “Smart Foods for ADHD and Brain Health” includes her journey, the science behind brain health, practical tips, resources, and recipes for busy parents.

    Topics Discussed
    2:56 Early career & son's ADHD diagnosis
    7:43 Interest in omega-3
    13:12 Dr. Gow's book Smart Foods for ADHD and Brain Health
    15:32 Clearing up confusion around omega-3s
    23:01 Background diet and 'brain selective nutrients'

    Resources Mentioned in this episode:
    Follow Rachel Gow on Instagram: @nutritious_minds
    www.nutritiousmindsconsulting.com Smart Foods for ADHD and Brain Health  

    29m - Aug 17, 2021
  • Discovering the essentiality of DHA: the African story

    Dr. Michael Crawford describes how his career began in Africa, why he studied brain chemistry and his African experience. His discovery of the primary essentiality of DHA to build and maintain the brain. Hear his early learnings, how opportunity, basic science, and 32 species in Uganda answered this question: Why do animals have different size brains? Bonus! You get to hear about his new book, Brain Under Siege, expected fall 2021.

    Topics Discussed:
    2:10 Introduction to his African experience
    6:46 Deep dive into research on brain chemistry
    9:20 Discovery of DHA to build and maintain the brain
    12:06 What you should know about DHA and the brain
    15:26 Sources of DHA and trace elements
    18:30 Dr. Crawford's book Brain Under Siege

    Resources Mentioned in this episode:

    Michael Crawford Bio
    1971 paper mentioned
    1973 paper mentioned
    Energetic and nutritional constraints on infant brain development 

    27m - Jul 7, 2021
  • Fish oil from sea to shelf and the role of sustainability

    Show Description:

    Daniel Wiley shares how being receptive to business opportunities opened the door to becoming a global supplier of fish oils. The realization that fish oil was not just another product to process, but a healthful ingredient that enriches human lives. Hear the steps involved in getting omega-3s from the ocean to a bottle. Learn what is involved in managing fishing in a healthy, sustainable manner; the commitment to protect this natural, limited resource and the culture for future generations.

    Topics Discussed:

    3:26 Introduction to Wiley Companies evolution
    5:05 AlaskOmega and Wild Alaskan Pollock
    7:55 Wiley's US supply chain and manufacturing process
    13:50 Sources of EPA & DHA
    15:36 Fish being collectors of EPA & DHA
    17:21 Addressing sustainability and overfishing concerns

    Dan Wiley Bio:

    Dan was trained as a mechanical engineer at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. He worked in aerospace immediately after university, but over the years he has become a chemical engineer by osmosis through working at Wiley Companies, holding a variety of positions in company leadership. He has been working with Omega-3 fish oils since 2008, helping to build and grow the AlaskOmega product line for Wiley from initial conception. Dan is passionate about Omega-3 EPA/DHA and how these ingredients can impact people’s lives for the better.

    Resources Mentioned in this episode:

    Wiley Companies - www.wileyco.com
    MSC Seaspiracy response - https://www.msc.org/media-centre/news-opinion/news/2021/03/26/response-to-netflix-seaspiracy-film

    22m - May 20, 2021
  • Practical logic on omega-3 in human nutrition and perspective on what gets lost in translation

    Dr. Brenna shares insights on where interest in omega-3 for the heart and brain began, and what we know about omega-3 and human genes today. Where is DHA found in our bodies? How was that discovered? Hear why research reported in isolation can be confusing and how research design flaws impact results. With fun curiosity about lipid chemistry for 32+ years, Dr. Brenna breaks things down into practical, logical explanations.

    Topics Discussed:

    5:55 Difference between EPA & DHA
    6:51 Where DHA is found in the body
    8:00 Omega-3's role in cardiovascular health
    11:38 Omega-3's role in neurocognitive health
    16:34 What's known about genes and omega-3s
    18:51 Making sense of conflicting information on omega-3s

    Resources Mentioned in this episode:

    Dr. Tom Brenna's Bio

    25m - Apr 20, 2021
  • A concise introduction to omega-3 nutrition

    Show Description:

    Ms. Vannice discusses the basics of omega-3s, from what they are, where to find them, and why they matter in human health. From a practical perspective, forms and sources are described, key benefits are highlighted, confusion is addressed, and solutions are provided.

    Topics Discussed:

    5:44 What are omega-3s & why they are essential
    8:15 Main forms of omega-3
    10:10 What do omega-3s do?
    14:50 Confusion around omega-3s
    16:43 Key take-aways

    Resources Mentioned in this episode:

    · Gretchen Vannice
    · https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24342605/
    · HallahanHillbelnBJPsych2016 Meta More EPA Dep.pdf

    21m - Mar 30, 2021
  • Using Omega-3 testing to identify and personalize your optimal omega-3 level

    Show Description:

    Dr. Jackson describes how diet and supplements can be used to strategically achieve optimal omega-3 levels in our bodies. Many factors, from daily diet to activity level, influence individual omega-3 levels. Testing removes the guess work and enables personal optimization.

    Topics Discussed:

    2:09 Introduction to OmegaQuant
    2:47 Omega-3 Index testing
    8:19 Omega-3 supplements
    12:00 Optimizing Omega-3 Index test results
    15:05 Differences between Omega-3 Index and other tests
    16:48 Optimal Omega-3 Index level
    19:09 Do some people need more omega-3s?
    21:00 Importance of omega-3s in pregnancy
    22:39 Introducing fish and supplements to children

    Resources Mentioned in this episode:

    · Dr. Kristina Jackson bio
    · OmegaQuant
    · Omega 3 Index Calculator
    · https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31396625/

    28m - Mar 24, 2021
  • Fatty Acid Research Institute launched to discover fatty acid and human health relationships

    Show Description:

    Dr. Bill Harris discusses the mission and early findings - on COVID-19 and LDL-cholesterol - from the new Fatty Acid Research Institute (FARI). Hear how a group of global scientists are poised to examine relationships between fatty acids, primarily EPA and DHA omega-3, and human health, then skillfully communicate their findings to the public.

    Topics Discussed

    3:05 Omega 3 Index
    4:48 Fatty Acid Research Institute (FARI)
    8:24 Exploring the role of omega-3 in COVID-19
    13:23 FARI's recently accepted and published papers
    14:07 LDL cholesterol levels and omega-3 supplements
    15:01 Heart Rate Recovery
    16:17 Upcoming research at FARI
    17:41 Comparing Omega 3 Index as a predictor to cardiac outcomes

    Resources Mentioned in this episode:

    · Dr. Bill Harris bio
    · http://www.faresinst.org
    · https://omegaquant.com/
    · https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1933287420303378?dgcid=author
    · https://www.plefa.com/article/S0952-3278(20)30164-2/fulltext

    23m - Mar 24, 2021
  • Making sense of inflammation as a component of healthy immunity

    Show Description:

    Professor Philip Calder describes when inflammation is helpful and when it is not. Omega-3s as pro-resolvins and their role in immune function, as well as matters of background diet, balance, and genes are discussed. After listening to this podcast, you will welcome the omega-3 fire brigade.

    Topics Discussed:

    2:17 Difference between immunity and inflammation
    3:15 Cardinal signs of inflammation
    4:42 Benefits and harmful effects of inflammation
    9:31 Role of omega-3s in inflammation
    16:10 Treating inflammation with omega-3s
    17:13 EPA & DHA in controlling inflammation
    20:58 Differentiating responses to omega-3
    24:31 Plant omega-3s

    Resources Mentioned in this episode:

    · Dr. Philip Calder Bio
    · https://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476(08)00780-4/abstract
    · https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28067815/

    29m - Mar 24, 2021
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