Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Omega 3 Fatty Acids, But Were Afraid to Ask...

August 2010, Xtend-Life Expert


I have been a practicing integrated medicine physician since 1986. In all those years I have not found another nutritional product like omega 3 fish oil supplements. In my opinion, the evidence for its use every day is substantial.

I have been a practicing integrated medicine physician since 1986. In all those years I have not found another nutritional product like omega 3 fish oil supplements. In my opinion, the evidence for its use every day is substantial and with very few exceptions without significant risks.

I hope to explain how I arrived at the assertions given above and answer any questions you may have regarding omega 3 fats. I’ll review recent pertinent research along with sharing some of my clinical experience in treating and managing persons afflicted with these same disorders.

In September of this year, I’ll be presenting an overview of the evidence for the use of omega 3 fatty acids in both the prevention and treatment of chronic disease and in extending the quantity and quality of life (anti-aging) for the prestigious American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). This multi-part series is based upon the information in that presentation.

In Part 1: What are omega 3 fatty acids? I will explain what omega 3 fatty acids are, how the name came about and about its role on the body. I will touch upon its counterpart, omega 6 fatty acids, and how it is crucial that these two fats be consumed in appropriate amounts.
In Part 2: Dietary Consumption of Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids, I’ll review how we arrived at this point where we consume too much omega 6 fats and not nearly enough omega 3s. I’ll touch upon the important issue of potential contamination of common sources of omega 3s and what you can do to minimize your exposure to them.
In Part 3: How important is the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 consumed in the diet? I’ll explain what happens when the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 consumed gets out of balance.
In Part 4: How can I limit my consumption of Omega 6s and maximize my consumption of Omega 3s? I’ll challenge the readers to begin reducing their consumption of harmful omega 6 fats in small ways at first for those interested primarily in prevention, or for the so inclined, the big ways that are necessary for those suffering from an omega 6 excess condition.
In Part 5: The Underlying Role of Omega 3s in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease...I’ll review the underlying mechanisms of how changing the balance of consumed omega 3 and 6 fatty acids affects chronic disease and aging. In each of the following parts, I’ll present evidence that omega 3 fatty acids, in conjunction with other strategies can successfully prevent and in some case treat and or manage a wide variety of chronic diseases.
In Part 6: Omega 3s in the Prevention and Treatment of Heart Disease, I’ll review the evidence to date that demonstrates what role omega 3 fatty acids can play in both the prevention and treatment of a variety of forms of heart disease.
In Part 7: Omega 3s in the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer, I’ll review recent studies that shows that therapeutic doses of omega 3 fats can have a significant effect on minimizing the risk of developing some forms of cancer and as part of an integrated strategy to treating some forms of cancer as well.
In Part 8: Omega 3s in the Prevention and Treatment of Metabolic Diseases, I present the case for omega-3s being used as part of a smart metabolic and diabetes prevention strategy. I’ll touch upon recent research that shows how omega 3s can play an integral part of a successful treatment strategy as well.
In Part 9: Omega 3s in the Prevention and Treatment of Mood Disorders, I’ll present evidence that supports the use of omega 3s in both the prevention and treatment of mood disorders.
In Part 10: Omega 3s in the Prevention and Treatment of Stress, Learning and Memory Disorders, I review studies that show how omega 3 fatty acids are successfully treating conditions that fall into this category.
In Part 11: Omega 3s in the Prevention and Treatment of Inflammatory Arthritis, I’ll bring to your attention the overwhelming evidence that demonstrates that an integrated treatment plan for inflammatory arthritis is the most successful approach one can take.

I encourage you to follow this series, as there will be ample space to have all of your questions answered. Part 1 of this series will follow next week and subsequent parts will follow each week thereafter.


  • “Hi Eliseo, I thrilled to be writing it. You know there is so much new information that is validating our initial observations regarding the value of adding more omega 3s to ones diet. Feel free to post questions about the upcoming topics. In that way I can include specific information that addresses your particular needs. Be sure to also challenge me if you seen any information that counters what I present. Thanks for following our posts!”

    Xtend-Life Expert - August 19 2010

  • “Hi Dr. Perillo, Just to let you know that I’m so excited to follow this series. ”

    Eliseo - August 18 2010

  • “Dear Sakira, Blotches on your face can be any of a number of different conditions, for example, if the blotches are darker than the surrounding skin and they occurred during or shortly after pregnancy it could be malasma. The cause of malasma is unknown however there are strong genetic correlations (descendants of Native Americans, German, Russian and Eastern European Jews) and evidence also suggests that an underlying imbalance between estrogen and progesterone and thyroid is likely. You manifest and number of symptoms that hint at a tendency towards excessive inflammation, namely: eczema and dyslexia and possibly PTSD. Excessive inflammation in the body has many causes, from excessive exposure to certain irritants, to trauma, to infection, and food allergies to consumption to much omega 6 fatty acids. Excessive consumption of omega 6 fatty acids, like the kind you get every time you consume vegetable oils, shifts your physiology towards inflammation. The underlying mechanisms for this are relatively well understood and in fact most of the prescription medications to control inflammation, NSAIDS, effectively dampen inflammation by exploiting these underlying mechanisms. The unfortunate trade off is often a number of nasty side effects. Omega 3s especially DHA and EPA can shift your physiology away from inflammation and do so without those side effects. Please follow our new series Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Omega 3 Fatty Acids But Were Afraid to Ask. Ill explain in greater detail how omega 3s block excessive inflammation, prevent and possibly treat a variety of mood disorders and improve the quality or your skin. Thanks for joining in the discussion here. Dr. Anthony”

    Xtend-Life Expert - August 23 2010

  • “I am curious to find out what the affects are on dyslexia and exzema. I also have a problem with skin discoloration or blotches on my face. I also suffer from PTSD, anxiety, and depression. These are all subjects I hope you will cover as moch as possible. My 3 year old suffers from exzema and my husband has the dyslexia.”

    Sakira - August 20 2010

  • “Really interested in any findings you have on Omegas and Dementia/Alzheimers.  Also you mention mood swings.  Can they help with Bi Polar disorders?”

    Tina - August 19 2010

  • “Dear Tina, There are some very interesting early findings relative to your question about Omegas and Dementia/Alzheimers Disease. Ill be discussing those findings and more when I write of mood and disorders of consciousness and the effects of omega 3 in the prevention and treatment of the same. For now, you may recall earlier articles pointing out that omega 3 fatty acids, specifically DHA make up the bulk of the brain (about 60%) and have long been proven to have positive benefits relative to down-regulating the tendency towards inflammation. Inflammation is thought to play an important role in many conditions relative to brain function. Please stay tuned for the series; the amount of information available of the health benefits of omega 3 fatty acids is growing exponentially. Kindest regards, Dr. Anthony”

    Xtend-Life Expert - August 23 2010

  • “Hi LenaDr Anthony has had some personal issues to deal which has made him indisposed. We will address this as soon as we can. I am sorry about the delay.”

    Warren Matthews - October 06 2010

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