We were sitting around the Eagles Nest last weekend and talking about lots of different stuff when OmegaGuard came up … one or two of the people commented that a few of their customers had complained about a “fishy” taste (with OmegaGuard) … Pat suggested that they tell their customers to keep the OmegaGuard in the freezer and just take the capsules cold … has no negative effect on the product and it totally eliminates the smell and taste (he got that tip straight from Dr.Jamie)!!!


We’ve all heard that cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) such as Zocor & Lipitor stop heart attacks and save lives. Over 15 million people in America use them every day. A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that Omega-3 fish oil was far more lifesaving than statin drugs!

After studying 97 double-blind studies and reviewing the effectiveness of statins, diet, niacin, other pharmaceuticals and fish oil in preventing cardiac deaths – fish oil reduced heart deaths by 32% compared to 22% for statins!

Fish oil was also superior in warding off death from any cause. Scientists believe the reason is that fish oil works by reducing inflammation & triglycerides, stabilizing heart rhythms, normalizing vascular function and thwarting clots!

Eating Omega-3 fatty fish and taking Omega 3 supplements work!

Researchers in an Italian study found that a daily capsule of 900 milligrams of Omega-3 cut cardiac deaths in heart patients by 28%.

Does the weight loss secret lie in GLA or Omega–3?

From Master Coordinator Dan Henderson

Dear Friends,

A few days ago I sent an email on “GLA and Weight Loss”.

I have now received this response from Nedra Sahr who has done significant research on this issue. I asked her if I could pass this on and she kindly agreed that I could send it to you! Hope it helps in your quest for better health!


Nedra’s Reply to Dan:

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to “weigh in” on this issue. In all my research, I have found that, with a few exceptions, Omega-3 will do everything GLA does and do it better. AND since 95% of us are deficient in Omega-3’s it makes sense to work on restoring the natural balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6. Currently most Americans have a ratio of 20 Omega-6 to one Omega – 3. The true balance should be 3 Omega-6 to one Omega-3. We can correct that imbalance by avoiding all products made with the Omega-6 rich vegetable oils such as corn, cottonseed, safflower, soy and anything that says mixed vegetable oils. You’ll find these oils in prepared salad dressings, baked goods and fast foods. Consider making your own salad dressings using extra virgin olive oil. Use olive oil, canola oil and perhaps a teeny bit of peanut oil for stir-frying or sautéing. And avoid fried foods!

To help correct the imbalance consider supplementing with a minimum of 3 Omega – 3 per day. My personal recommendation…I’m sure other nutritionists might differ from me- is that I prefer always to begin supplementing the Essential Fatty Acids with the Omega-3’s. While we are on this issue, flax oil, which is considered a source of Omega-3’s, does not convert to the anti-inflammatory prostaglandin (PGE-3) as easily as fish oil sources because flax needs an enzyme called delta-6 desaturase to convert it to PG-E-3. Delta-6 desaturase is also used to break Omega-6’s to PG-1 prostaglandins that are anti-inflammatory. Flax is the “step-child” waiting for its share of the delta-6 desaturase so it does not get converted to a great degree.

One more consideration: when the diet is high in Omega-6’s from the vegetable oil sources the body can convert some of them to the anti-inflammatory PG-1 but if there’s a huge load, the others will convert to PG-2 an inflammatory prostaglandin. You could in fact, cause a lot of inflammation in your body without ever eating the traditional sources of inflammatory prostaglandins such as meat and dairy.. Here’s another another reason to avoid excess vegetable oils in your diet.

Where does GLA come in? Black Currant is the richest source. It’s “breakdown” mechanism bypasses the need for the delta-6 desaturase so it can convert to the anti-inflammatory PG1 quite easily. It is an Essential Fatty Acid. While I often wait to add GLA to a program of supplementation ( usually a cost issue) I DO recommend GLA right away for PMS and certain forms of eczema and psoriasis. While some research shows that GLA is helpful for Rheumatoid Arthritis my research and my clinical experience suggest that we most always get excellent pain reduction within 4-5 days using Omega-3’s and since they are in short supply for most of us, it’s a bonus to begin with Omega-3’s and then add GLA as needed.

One further comment since we began this discussion of using GLA for weight loss. Research shows that the use of Omega-3’s is an excellent help to maintain weight loss and elevate mood. In fact, our group of individuals who have stayed on the Shaklee Weight Management Program who have maintained their weight loss for one year all are consistent users of the Omega-3’s.

Here’s a great web site that will speak to this issue of scientific results
using GLA for weight loss and other health conditions:

Best wishes for your continued good health,


Nedra Sahr, M.S., C.N.S.
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Diet rich in Omega-3s can keep Alzheimer’s at bay!
by The Associated Press

September 5, 2004, 6:20 PM EDT

A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish such as salmon and sardines and in fish-oil capsules, can help keep Alzheimer’s disease at bay, a new Canadian study suggests.

The research, which was done on mice, provides the strongest evidence so far that a deficiency in a specific dietary component can have a direct impact on the risk of developing the devastating disease.

“If you have a diet that is poor in omega-3s, that will accelerate the process of Alzheimer’s, especially if you’re genetically predisposed,” said Fridiric Calon, a molecular endocrinology researcher at the Laval University Medical Center in Quebec City.

A number of studies have suggested that people who eat a diet rich in fish are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Although the mechanism was unclear, the hunch was that it was due to omega-3s.

Omega-3 fatty acids have become so popular with health-conscious consumers that food manufacturers are adding them to products such as eggs and milk. The eggs are produced by feeding chickens a special diet of flaxseed, which is rich in omega-3. The milk is enriched with flaxseed oil.

The new Alzheimer’s research, published in the medical journal Neuron, shows that one type of omega-3, called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), seems to keep synapses healthy. Synapses are the chemical connections between brain cells that enable memory and learning.

The findings were serendipitous. Researchers were working with mice specially bred to develop an Alzheimer’s-like disease but noticed the animals were not developing the expected neurological damage.

The researchers realized the diet the mice were being fed — soy and fish — was chock-full of omega-3s. So they started a new study, feeding one group of mice the soy and fish diet and a second group a diet of safflower oil
devoid of omega-3 fatty acids. After five months, they dissected the rodents’ brains.

“We found high amounts of synaptic damage in the brains of the Alzheimer’s-diseased mice that ate the DHA-depleted diet,” said study co-author Sally Frautschy, an associate professor of neurology at the University of California at Los Angeles.

The mice fed a diet poor in omega-3s also did poorly in memory tests, further evidence of brain damage.

Calon said that while the research does not provide the final answer, he believes that increasing the intake of omega-3s, and DHA in particular, likely offers some protection against Alzheimer’s.

“I can tell you that those of us who conducted this research have really increased our fish consumption,” he added. Good sources of omega-3s include cold-water fish such as salmon, halibut, mackerel, sardines and herring, and fish-oil supplements – (Shaklee OmegaGuard!!)

Copyright (c) 2004, Newsday, Inc.

Eye Health and SHAKLEE

Posts Accumulated by Shirley Koritnik

All information presented is for education and research and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe treatment.

Information on Essential Fatty Acids Applies to Eye Health

Essential Fatty Acids and Learning Disorders:
by Jacqueline Stordy, Bsc Nutrition, PhD
. . . Defining Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)

Fat usually is regarded as a nutrient to be avoided at all costs, but that is not the case. There are two fatty acids that are essential for life: linoleic acid (LA) in the omega-6 family, and alpha linolenic acid (ALA) in the omega-3 family. Like vitamins, these essential fatty acids cannot be produced by the body, and therefore must be obtained through the diet. LA can be found in certain seed oils, while ALA is in dark green leafy vegetables, flaxseed oil, and linseed oil.

In order to be useful to the body, LA and ALA must be converted by a series of steps in the body to longer chain fatty acids: arachidonic acid (AA), gamma linolenic acid (GLA, which the body converts to AA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These coversions can be slowed down by many lifestyle factors, including typical western diets rich in saturated fats and trans fatty acids; stress; viral infections; too much alcohol or cholesterol; and various illnesses.

Long chain fatty acids have many important functions, and are the building blocks of phospholipid membranes around and within cells. The brain is the most membrane rich tissue in the body, so it should not surprise us too much that brain function is altered by an inadequate supply of the right fatty acids for nerve cells. The retina of the eye is also a very membrane rich tissue, and contains particularly large amount of DHA in the rod cells. Nearly all the AA and DHA in tissues has been made by the body from LA and ALA in the diet. Few foods provide AA and DHA ready-formed; meats provide a little AA and fish (particularly oily fish like mackerel, salmon, and tuna) provide both AA and DHA.

In the past few years, several research projects have helped highlight the relationship between essential fatty acids and learning disorders.

A Careful Balance

So how do people who lack important fatty acids get the necessary, and accurately proportioned DHA and AA? A dietary supplement based on my research and developed specifically to help maintain eye and brain function, is a careful combination of DHA-rich fish oil and GLA-containing evening primrose oil. People who take this supplement have shown improved reading speed, are calmer and find life altogether easier. And, we have discovered that when parents stop giving their children the supplement, after a few weeks their behavior or learning ability drops off again. The supplement is not a cure; it is a natural help for people who are deficient in long chain fatty acids. . . .

Shaklee OmegaGuard and mental health

A recent presentation at the 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society discussed the relationship of blood levels of Omega-3 fatty acids and a person’s mood. This may be another reason why you might want to add Shaklee’s full-spectrum Omega Guard to your daily supplements list. Here’s the scoop!

In 2000, the American Heart Association revised its Dietary Guidelines to recommend that people eat at least two servings of fatty fish per week as a means of reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. While the cardio-protective effects of omega-3 fatty acids are well-established, other studies have demonstrated that omega-3 fatty acids may be linked to a variety of psychological conditions, including major depression and bipolar disorder. Research presented at a recent meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society has strengthened this link, with the results of small trial suggesting that low blood levels of omega-3s may have a negative impact on a person’s mood and behavior.

In the study, researchers collected blood samples of 106 hypercholesterolemic people who had no history of depression or any other diagnosed mood disorder, and did not take fish oil supplements or psychotropic drugs. In addition to blood tests, all subjects completed a series of tests designed to measure mood, personality and levels of impulsive behavior.

Participants with low blood levels docosahexaeonic acid (DCA) were 42 percent more likely to report symptoms of mild to moderate depression, while patients with low levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) were more likely to be in a negative mood, and were associated with high neuroticism scores. Low levels of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) were associated with higher levels of impulsive behavior.

“In conjunction with published research, these data suggest that dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids may be a determinant of normative variability in affect regulation, impulse control and personality,” the authors wrote in their conclusion. They added, “This study opens the door for future research looking at what effect increasing omega-3 intake – whether by eating omega-3-rich foods like salmon or taking fish oil supplements – has on people’s moods.”

Conklin S, Harris JI, Manuck SB, et al. Plasma fatty acids are associated with normative variation in mood, personality and behavior. Abstract #1411. Presented at the 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Denver, CO, March 1-4, 2006

Frank M. Painter, D.C.
“The Doc on The Block”

Fish oil calms kids with ADHD’ AAP

A DAILY dose of fish oil helps calm children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, an Australian study suggests.

PhD psychology student Natalie Sinn, of the University of South Australia and CSIRO Nutrition, studied 145 children aged seven to 12 with ADHD over 15 weeks.

Half were given a commercially available dietary supplement containing a combination of fish oil and evening primrose oil, in a ratio of four to one.

The other group took a placebo – an inactive treatment.

In what’s known as a double-blind study, parents, children and researchers did not know whether children were taking the daily fish oil capsules or the placebo.

MS Sinn said when parents were later questioned, children on the active fish oil capsules, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, showed improvements in attention, behaviour and vocabulary.

“They were able to concentrate better, they were calmer, less impulsive, that sort of thing,” Ms Sinn said in an interview.

“The same improvements were not reported from children who took the placebo.”

When the placebo group switched to the fish oil capsules for a further 15 weeks, they showed similar benefits.

Children recruited into the study were not taking medication for their ADHD. They were given just under a gram of fish oil a day in the trial.

Ms Sinn said 60 per cent of the brain was composed of fats, the most important being omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in fish oil, and omega-6, like those in evening primrose oil.

She said many people in western societies were deficient in the omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in dark leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds and oily fish.

“There’s a growing body of research that’s finding evidence of links between omega-3 deficiency and mental health problems like depression and schizophrenia,” Ms Sinn said.

“Research is also suggesting that some children with developmental problems, including ADHD and dyslexia, can benefit from taking omega-3 supplements.”

Fish Oil Could Be an Alternative to Ritalin:

Proper nutrition, supplements and a diet which includes fish and oils would be a safe and gentle alternative to drugs for children who have attention deficit disorder, says a leading researcher.

The standard medical treatment for children with the disorder is the controversial drug Ritalin but many parents now feel the drug is turning their children into zombies.

Dr Basant Puri, a consultant and senior lecturer at Hammersmith Hospital has been using sophisticated imaging techniques to study the role of fatty acids in brain function. He says he has unearthed a wealth of evidence about how supplementation with specific fatty acids can not only help those with ADD/ADHD (attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder), but also dyslexia and dyspraxia.

“In clinical trials we have seen significant improvements in ADHD symptoms in children administered with fatty acid supplements,” he said.

Typically those who get a benefit enjoy improved attention and concentration, a reduction in anxiety and impulsivity and generally an improvement in self esteem.

Dr Puri said the findings showed that it may be prudent to try a safe nutritional solution in the first instance before using psycho stimulants such an Ritalin. Fatty acids could also be taken by those already on Ritalin, he added.

Fatty acids are important for the brain growth of all children and particularly so for those with learning conditions, he said.

He recommends that the best results have come from supplementation with a combination of marine and botanical oils rich in a specific fatty acid called Eicosapentaenoic Acid or EPA.

Oily Fish Make Babies “Brainier”:

Eating oily fish and seeds in pregnancy can boost children’s future brain power and social skills, research suggests.

A study of 9,000 mothers and children in Avon, England suggested those who consumed less of the essential fatty acid Omega-3 had children with lower IQs. These children also had poorer motor skills and hand-to-eye co-ordination, research in the Economist said.

‘Frightening data’

Looking at the effects of Omega-3 intake on 9,000 mothers and their children, the team found mothers with the lowest intake of the essential fatty acid had children with a verbal IQ six points lower than the average.

While those with the highest consumption of mackerel and sardines and other sources of Omega-3 had children, at age three-and-a-half, with the best measures of fine-motor performance, researchers said.

Low intake of the crucial fatty acid also appeared to lead to more problems of social interactions – such as an inability to make friends. Research leader, Dr Joseph Hibbeln, said “frightening data” showed 14% of 17-year-olds whose mother had eaten small quantities of Omega -3 during pregnancy demonstrated this sort of behavior. This compared with 8% of those born to the group with the highest intake, he said.

Dr Hibbeln said, “The findings of poor social development and poor motor control in children indicate that these children may be on a developmental trajectory towards lifelong disruptive and poorly-socialized behavior as they grow up.”

Professor Jean Golding of Bristol University set up the original research, the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, 15 years ago to look at predisposition to disease. She told the BBC: “The baby’s brain needs Omega-3 fatty acids. It doesn’t create its own fatty acids so it needs to be something that the mother will eat.”

The new research also builds on earlier work in the US, which suggests pregnant mothers will develop children with better language and communication skills if they regularly consume oily fish.

Nutritional expert Patrick Holford, director of the Brain Bio Centre, said Omega-3 was key to children’s intelligence because the brain is formed of 60% fat – 30% of which are essential fats. Successive studies have shown clear links between intelligence and consumption of this essential fatty acid, he added.

It’s absolutely essential that pregnant women take in enough Omega-3 and children in early infancy take in enough Omega-3 – Patrick Holford, Nutritional expert

Ed. Note: We’ve known for quite awhile about Omega-3’s positive effect on hearth health, but more and more now we’re learning about how beneficial it is for moods and depression, autoimmune diseases and now brain development. Shaklee’s new OmegaGuard is the world’s finest fish oil supplement. It’s triple molecular distillation and purification process is unique to Shaklee. This results in an ultra-pure pharmaceutical-grade supplement. Plus, OmegaGuard provides a full spectrum of seven natural omega-3 fatty acids.

Why Omega-3 Instead of FLAXSEED Oil?

Shaklee is aware that some companies use flaxseed oil for their EPA. Their answer…While we are aware of the benefits being touted about flaxseed oil in terms of omega fatty acids, we are not considering it for our product line because the body does not convert the alpha linolenic acid in flax seed oil into EPA and DHA in significant amounts.[1] As a result, we believe the best way to get omega-3 fatty acids is from fish sources.

Oil from fish contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA); both are omega-3 fatty acids. Most fish oil supplements are 18% EPA and 12% DHA, or a total of 30% omega-3. These omega-3 fatty acids, unlike the omega-3 fatty acid found in flaxseed oil and other vegetable oils (such as alpha linolenic acid), keep blood triglycerides in check (high triglycerides are generally linked with increased risk of heart disease) and may inhibit the progression of atherosclerosis.1 EPA and DHA keep blood from clotting too quickly. EPA and DHA also have anti-inflammatory activity. Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances produced within the body that regulate dilation of blood vessels, inflammatory response, and other critical processes. Omega-3 fatty acids are needed for prostaglandin formation.

[not from Shaklee.] Flaxseed oil contains short-chain Omega-3 fatty acids & the human body can convert these short-chain Omega-3 fatty acids with great difficulty into much lower levels of longer-chain Omega-3 fatty acids. The conversion rate is between one & five percent. It is only the long-chain Omega-3 fats that have the health benefits. This is not to say that flaxseed oil is bad. It is just not very good compared to fish oil because of the very inefficient conversion of the fats found in flaxseed oil to the long-chain Omega-3 fats found in fish oil.


Shaklee EPA is obtained from sardines that are obtained in the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean; far from land and potential exposure to environmental contaminants. Furthermore, the fish oil used in Shaklee EPA is tested for a number of toxins, including heavy metals such as mercury and arsenic. It does not require or undergo molecular distillation to ensure purity.

Each batch of fish-sourced raw materials that goes into EPA is laboratory tested to ensure that it is free from harmful contamination or toxins, including pcb’s and heavy metals. We adhere to strict specifications, and our testing process for each EPA raw material is part of our routine screening and preliminary qualification.

We retained two reputable independent laboratories to test Shaklee EPA. One laboratory performed an organo-chlorinated screen and PCB test and found none detected for all substances. The second laboratory conducted dioxin testing and found that all substances either were not detected or were below the limits of calibration. The tests were conducted using Environmental Protection Agency methodology.

With regard to GLA, the term, “cold pressed,” is the process used for extracting oil such as sunflower oil and borage oil. Essentially, the seed is crushed and the oil from the seed is expressed out, as opposed to extracting oil from a seed using a solvent.


[1] Barry Sears, who wrote all the Zone diet books and is a PhD scientist with something like 26 patents for delivery systems of drugs to the body, his career before he became a famous ‘diet author,’ also says the exact same thing Shaklee scientists do: the body cannot convert the omega three fatty acids properly and completely when they are from vegetable sources, such as flaxseed and flaxseed products, the most common vegetarian sources. The only form the body can use completely are from fish oils.

Nancy DiRuscia

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