Fish Oil Improves Mood, Reduces Inflammation And Increases Cognitive Function – Dr. Angela Agrios, ND (A California Licensed Naturopathic Doctor) explains the benefits of taking fish oil, which contains very valuable Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and is very high in EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ALA (alphalinolenic acid). She discusses:

• Flax oil has ALA in it, but not DHA or EPA.
• Udo’s 3 6 9 oil is a vegetarian source of ALA, DHA and EPA
• Fish oil is anti-inflammatory, helps with mood and helps with cognitive function
• Oil is better than capsules because of the amount of oil required to get a therapeutic dose
• Good fish oil that is not rancid should not taste “fishy”
• Cod liver oil has a heavier flavor
• Molecularly distilled oil does not have mercury or heavy metals in it
• Be careful of oxidized oil, so use it quickly, and the pill version may go rancid faster
• Biting fish oil capsules ought not to taste “fishy” and if it does, it is rancid
• Put the oil into an anti-oxidant rich juice to cut the taste
• Fish oil helps with hormone issues and cardiovascular health
• Krill oil is good
• Most patients are on 1 tablespoon of oil per day
• Fish oil is blood thinning

Dr. Angela Agrios, ND
Palisades Natural Medicine
984 Monument Street, #201
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Video Producer:
Larry Cook

Videotaped at:
Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy
15150 Sunset Blvd
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272



Vitamin D Zaps Psoriasis

By Joe and Teresa Graedon

Syndicated columnists

Q: I have had psoriasis for more than 35 years. A few years ago, my doctor suggested vitamin D, as my blood level was low. Much to my surprise, my psoriasis began to disappear almost immediately.

Several patches had proved impossible to cure with other medications. When my blood test showed a normal level of vitamin D, the doctor asked me to cut back the dosage. I did, and the psoriasis returned.

I now take 5,000 units of vitamin D capsules per day, and that keeps my psoriasis in check. Regular monitoring of my vitamin D level shows that I am in the middle of the acceptable range with this dosage.

A: Dermatologists have embraced topical vitamin D-like prescription creams, foams and ointments for psoriasis (American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, August 2012). Calcipotriene (Calcitrene, Dovonex, Sorilux) is pricey, however.

Many doctors may have forgotten that oral vitamin D also can be helpful (Journal of Dermatological Treatment online, Jan. 21, 2012). More than 25 years ago, Japanese researchers noted that oral vitamin D-3 reduced the symptoms of psoriasis without side effects (British Journal of Dermatology, October 1986).

In their column, Joe and Teresa Graedon answer letters from readers. Write to them c/o King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., 15th floor, New York, NY 10019, or via their website:

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