In this health video you will learn omega-3s yield results.
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Lyle Hurd: We’re here with Dr. Parris Kidd. We’re discussing a study he has just completed on DHA and EFA—essential fatty acids. I’d like to ask Dr. Kidd a question about something that we have discussed between us. Relative to an example of taking 50, 60 children in a group of 50 or 60 75- year-olds in a group, giving half of them DHA, EPA and not the other half, and what would happen if you walked into that room 2 months later. Dr. Parris Kidd: Well, Lyle, this business about the omega-3s is really ground breaking research. The omega-3 story is a nutritional break through. It’s a situation in which we found a class of nutrients that do things that are way beyond anything that any other intervention could do, which is even beyond our wildest expectations as nutritionists. The omega-3 story is really remarkable. If we would take a group of children and put half of them on DHA and EPA and just let the other half not get any, over a period of 3 to 4 months, we would be finding that the children on omega-3s are learning better in school, their behavior is more calm and predictable, and those who have other difficulties with mood or getting grades are all improving. Their skin quality gets better. Those who are having little difficulties with vision—I don’t know—have you noticed all the children, the little children with glasses as you walk around—those are children mostly with omega-3 deficiencies; because we find that from the time of conception, through the first 8 years or so of life, the child’s omega-3 status determines their visual capacities and their cognitive function, as well as their behavior and mood. So with the children, we’re going to see all of those changes. We’re going to see in mental performance, in mood, and in behavior. In the older people—people, lets say for example, would be in a nursing home—many who have early or progressing dementia, and arthritis and all the things that afflict old people, we would probably see the improvements earlier. We would probably see the improvements in a course of days or weeks. Across the board, we would see that these seniors would have sharper mental function, better concentration, better mood, very often in older people, their frontal lobe deteriorates, which causes them to become more irritable and to become a different type of personality to what they were when they were younger. That would improve, very likely also, their arthritis, their levels of energy, their well- being. There’d be so much improvement all across the board from omega- 3s. That brings up the question, what would be the financial returns if we’d do something like that? Basic calculations would indicate that we could have a 200 to 500 times financial benefit if we would supplement all of our seniors with omega-3s and be able to save on the health care costs and the improved quality of life. Improved quality of life is not quantifiable in terms of money. So the return to society would be infitesimally huge from giving omega-3s to everybody—all the citizens of society. Lyle Hurd: I would recommend that anyone interested in learning more about the omega-3s access the directory on ihealthtube.com—you’re articles. You’ve done a few that are just absolutely excellent on it and that after they consider that, they go out immediately, look at and decide what they want to do and make sure that they are taking omega-3s. Dr. Parris Kidd: Also, Lyle, it’s important to remember that the omega-3s prevent heart attack and stroke. So they’re life-saving for people in mid-life and older so pretty much all of us need to be taking DHA and EPA, either from fish oil or as omega-3 phospholipids. Lyle Hurd: Thank you.