FYI: Omega 3, COVID deaths, new variant...

December 6th, 2021 at 10:14 am EDT

Hello Friend,


Welcome to Monday


Hope you are doing OK during these 'challenging' times... Ahhhh's not fully going away, and now there is a NEW variant of concern..omicron

This story is part of an interesting study, and one of the BIG takeaways for me is highlighting the various health benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids..

As in better heart function, decreased inflammation, stronger immune response - all of this can play a role IF your dog or cat is fighting off a viral infection.

I now have a Omega 3 Supplement in the form of Krill Oil. Krill seems to have the most concentrated forms of the anti inflammatory omega 3's (EPA and DHA), and many animals respond especially well to it ( ie as in less itching IF they have an allergy)

Regardless it's worth a try here:

Dr Jones' ULTIMATE Omega 3 Formula for Dogs and Cats

Pippy ( pictured below and featured in many of the youtube videos) LOVES the KRILL!!

Research shows people with high omega-3 index less likely to die from COVID-19

Pilot study shows positive outcomes for those suffering from COVID-19

Researchers with the Fatty Acid Research Institute (FARI) and collaborators at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and in Orange County, CA, have published the first direct evidence that higher omega-3 blood levels may reduce risk for death from COVID-19 infection. The report was published in the journal Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids on January 20, 2021.

There are several papers in the medical literature hypothesizing that omega-3 fatty acids should have beneficial effects in patients with COVID-19 infection, but up until now, there have been no published peer-reviewed studies supporting that hypothesis.

This study included 100 patients admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 for whom admission blood samples had been stored. Clinical outcomes for these patients were obtained and blood was analyzed for the Omega-3 Index (O3I, red blood cell membrane EPA+DHA levels) at OmegaQuant Analytics (Sioux Falls, SD). Fourteen of the patients died.

The 100 patients were grouped into four quartiles according to their O3I, with 25% of the patients in each quartile. There was one death in the top quartile (i.e., 1 death out of 25 patients with O3I>5.7%), with 13 deaths in the remaining patients (i.e., 13 deaths out of 75 patients with O3I<5.7%).

In age-and-sex adjusted regression analyses, those in the highest quartile (O3I >5.7%) were 75% less likely to die compared with those in the lower three quartiles (p=0.07). Stated another way, the relative risk for death was about four times higher in those with a lower O3I (<5.7%) compared to those with higher levels.

"While not meeting standard statistical significance thresholds, this pilot study - along with multiple lines of evidence regarding the anti-inflammatory effects of EPA and DHA - strongly suggests that these nutritionally available marine fatty acids may help reduce risk for adverse outcomes in COVID-19 patients. Larger studies are clearly needed to confirm these preliminary findings," said Arash Asher, MD, the lead author on this study.

Agreeing with Dr. Asher, cardiology researcher and co-developer with Dr. Harris of the Omega-3 Index, Clemens von Schacky, MD, (CEO, Omegametrix GmbH, Martinsried, Germany, and not involved with the study) said, "Asher et al have demonstrated that a low Omega-3 Index might be a powerful predictor for death from COVID-19. Although encouraging, their findings clearly need to be replicated."

Omega-3 expert James H. O'Keefe, Jr., MD, (Director of Preventive Cardiology, Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, MO, and also not involved with the study) observed, "An excessive inflammatory response, referred to as a 'cytokine storm,' is a fundamental mediator of severe COVID-19 illness. Omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) have potent anti-inflammatory activities, and this pilot study provides suggestive evidence that these fatty acids may dampen COVID-19's cytokine storm."

Heal Your Pet At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew

P.S. Interesting study,and just reinforces for me WHY it's so good to be taking a daily Omega 3 Supplement ( for people and our pets).. I will be back on giving this to Tula, Murray and me :-)

P.P.S. About my Krill Oil Supplement..

  • Highly absorptive and bioavailable as Omega 3 Fatty Acids in Krill oil are water soluble

  • Lower toxin exposure:

    • Krill has been shown to be far safer than Fish Oil supplements, as heavy metals (i.e. mercury) concentrate in fish, as fish are longer living and are higher up the food chain

  • Sustainable:

    • Krill Oil is sustainably harvested under guidelines of Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)

  • Krill Oil naturally contains the unique Antioxidant, ASTAXANTHIN, which can support your pet's health in a multitude of ways

It's here:

Dr Jones' ULTIMATE Omega 3 Formula for Dogs and Cats

DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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