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Health Tip for week Dec 1st

  • Increase your intake of “Omega 3 Fatty Acids”

Omega 3 fatty acids also known as fish oil for the fact that fish oils are rich in omega 3 are believed to be one of the essential nutrients most missing in our modern day diet by many health experts and researchers . This deficiency is now believed to play a major role in why there is such rampant heart disease, cancers, and brain disorders. Not surprisingly, studies have shown that many of these diseases and disorders improve when omega 3 supplementation is used.

What is Omega 3 fatty acid and why we need it?

The human brain is comprised of 60% fats, and approximately half of that fat is omega 3 fatty acid known as DHA (short for docosahexaenoic). This means that nature intended the human brain to be “powered” by fats, so to speak, and if you don’t have enough, your brain won’t be able to run properly. Although it’s not a perfect metaphor, it’s somewhat like trying to run a car without fuel.  The human body requires a tremendous amount of omega 3 fatty acids to function properly.

Benefits:

  • It provides brain health. Deficiencies in omega 3 fats have been linked to: depression, anxiety, mood swings, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD and ADD.  Researchers from institutions as prestigious as the Harvard School of Public Health have shown some of these conditions will greatly improve with increased omega 3 fatty acid intake. Other studies have shown that even if you don’t have any of these conditions, memory and focus can improve with consistent use of fish oil supplements.
  • Benefits to Heart Health. Fish oil supplements, very high in omega 3 fats, have been shown to help those with heart disease, and help protect those who don’t, but might be susceptible to it down the line due to family history. American Heart Association supports the omega 3 to improve and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Omega 3’s can make platelets in the blood less sticky. This prevents them from clumping together, which can trigger heart attacks if they do as blood flow can stop.
    • In addition, omega 3’s can reduce tryglycerides – these are blood fats closely related to cholesterol – and when they are high along with cholesterol, your chances of heart disease go up markedly.
    • Research has also shown that omega 3’s can help reduce or prevent heart rhythm abnormalities by making the electrical system of the heart stronger.
    • Heart disease is also characterized by inflammation, and omega 3 oils have potent anti-inflammatory properties that can counter this.
  • Fish oil supplementation can help alleviate Arthritis Aches and Pains due to inflammation.  Again, omega 3 fats have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • The same is true for Crohn’s Disease & Inflammatory Bowel Disorders, which is characterized by painful inflammation.
  • Benefits to Pregnant or Nursing Mothers. Because human brain is comprised of DHA, for the development of the baby’s brain, it needs a great deal of the omega 3’s, DHA and EPA.
    • If you are a pregnant mother, you should strongly consider using a molecularly distilled fish oil supplement so your fetus’s brain has the best chance of developing properly. Of course, speak with a doctor first.
    • If you are a nursing mother, you should also be taking an omega 3 supplement or eating enough omega 3 foods because they are an essential fatty acid. Essential means our bodies need them but cannot manufacture them on its own. Which simply means we absolutely must get them from our diets.The omega 3 you obtain in your diet is passed along to your baby when you breastfeed.
  • Omega 3’s in fish oil has also been shown to help ease menstrual cramps.
  • Psoriasis, Acne, and Other Skin Disorders. One of the primary problems in these conditions is inflammation. Although fish oils are not going to cure these conditions, its anti-inflammatory properties often help make them much better.
  • There are scientific research recently completed showing that omega 3’s may help prevent cancer from occurring and also help prevent it from progressing if it has already occurred. DHA and EPA omega 3’s, found in fatty fish and fish oil supplements, may protect against these types of cancers including breast, prostate, testicular and ovarian cancer. It seems increasing one’s intake of omega 3 fats can help in the battle against cancer.
  • Benefits to immunity diseases like lupus and other conditions such as Raynaud’s disease.
  • And many more benefits. The point here is that if there’s one supplement most everyone should take to fight disease, keep the brain sharp, and stay in peak health, it should be an omega 3 oils supplement.

Where and how do you get Omega 3 Fatty Acid?

Natural sources like grass-fed beef have as much omega 3 fatty acid as in fish.  However, because our current food is less nutritious that it used to be due to modern farming practices – for both the meat (grain-fed) and agricultural industries, the foods that used to contain high levels of omega 3 fats are now a poor source. Omega 3 in fish is also a poor source nowadays due to industrial pollutants like mercury and lead.  Therefore, Omega 3 DHA/EPA supplementation is a great way to ensure enough intake of omega 3 in your body.

Look for purified fish oil supplements, especially those made from a fatty type fish species naturally high in DHA especially, and also EPA. Make sure they are purified to ensure no mercury or lead contamination.  We carry several doctor-only brands like Metagenics, Pure Encapsulation and Thorne in gel/capsules and/or liquid form at AF Performance Center.  If you mention this blog, you’ll get a 10% discount and no sales tax.

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December 1, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Nice post. I might have to share this with a few friends. Thanks. I’ve had psoriasis for about 46 years now. Psoriasis is bad enough but now I have psoriatic arthritis. After four years of methotrexate therapy, I’ve just about given up any hope. I’ve tried everything — nothing seems to really work for me. Maybe I should try some kind of detoxification?

    Comment by Cure For Psoriasis | December 20, 2009 | Reply

    • Yes, you should try. It doesn’t hurt. Where are you located? Try to look for a local alternative medicine place or natural path health center. They should be able to help you find the right detox program for you. We do several detox program at my facility if you like to go through the detox program with us. We have qualified experts. Good luck.

      Comment by coachfong | December 20, 2009 | Reply


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