A new vitamin D study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), has revealed that vitamin D does not reduce your risk of falling.¹ In fact, it may increase it! At least that’s what it seems like on the surface… What The Study Found When It Came to Falls This one-year, double-blind, randomized clinical trial, conducted in Zurich, Switzerland, included 200 men and women. There were three study groups with monthly treatments of vitamin D3: The high-dose group received 60,000 IU/month of vitamin D3. The middle-dose group received 24,000 IU/month of vitamin D3, plus 300 mcg of pre-formed calcidiol. (This is the form of vitamin D3 after activation in the liver. This makes it 5 times more potent than D3, but still not in its final hormonally active form) The low-dose group received 24,000 IU/month of vitamin D3.…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Omega 3 / Research / January 7, 2016

Have you been taking your Triple Power Omega 3 Fish Oil? If so, I’ve got some great news! Not only are you combatting inflammation and supporting your bone health – but a new study shows your brain is better off, too. Omega 3 Fatty Acids Protect Against Dementia, Alzheimer’s A meta-analysis published less than a week ago in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, included a whopping 181,580 participants. Results showed that just 1-serving of dietary fish per week was associated with a lower risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. I’ll get into the specific numbers in just a minute, but before I do… This isn’t new news. Fish oil and omega 3 fatty acids have been associated with a lowered risk of cognitive decline for many years. But this new study reaffirms the benefits of fish oil for brain health.…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / December 23, 2015

It has been said that osteoporosis is a “geriatric disease with pediatric origins”. But preventative care needs to be a priority in young people. Why? Studies show if you can build strong bones throughout childhood and adolescence, bone loss in later years will have less effect. In fact, the time of greatest bone growth is during puberty and adolescence. For young boys and girls between ages 11-17 this is when maximum bone growth takes place. In fact, you build about 90% of your bone by the time you’re 20! [1] And when it comes to girls, they can accrue as much bone around their first menstrual cycle as is lost in the last 4 decades of life! [2] Preventative Care for Osteoporosis Forming bone healthy habits early in life will not only contribute to the bone building process and ensure…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Health / December 11, 2015

The promising results of numerous animal studies have now been confirmed in humans: the omega-3 essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA, help improve fertility and may extend a woman’s healthy reproductive lifespan! The omega-3s boost women’s fertility through their beneficial effects on two key markers of reproductive capability: follicle stimulating hormone and oocyte quality.[1]   1. Follicle stimulating hormone Too much follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) hinders egg development. FSH is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland that stimulates the growth of immature follicles in the ovary. In the first stage of follicles’ development into potential eggs, FSH is a major survival factor, rescuing the tiny developing follicles from apoptosis (programmed cell death).   FSH peaks at about Day 3 of a woman’s menstrual cycle (Day 1 is the first day of menstrual flow). After Day 3, the small follicles…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Health / Nutrition / Omega 3 / November 19, 2015

Omega-3 fatty acids have consistently been shown to be protective against prostate cancer in animal studies. But when it comes to humans, results continue to be all over the place. In the most recent review of the research published in the March 2015 issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and entitled “Effect of individual omega-3 fatty acids on the risk of prostate cancer: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies” … some studies showed [1] : Omega-3s decreased risk of prostate cancer No effect of omega-3s on prostate cancer risk And others showed an association between omega-3 intake and increased risk for prostate cancer. What Did The Researchers Look At? The researchers looked at 16 prospective human studies investigating associations of dietary intake of the omega-3s, and of blood levels of the omega-3s, with risk of prostate…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Health / Nutrition / October 29, 2015

Do you feel stressed? Are you constantly tired? What about, overwhelmed and anxious? If you’ve answered YES to any of the above, then fear not, dear AlgaeCal readers. We’re here to help you today with this stress-fighting post. But before we get to finding out how to deal with stress effectively, we first need to understand: What is stress? And, how does stress affect my body? First and foremost, stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. It happens when we feel we can’t cope with pressure and this pressure comes in many shapes and forms. When you start to stress, whether it’s about a work project, family or bills piling up, your body tries to cope. Stress is part of the fight or flight response that people have developed over years and years of evolution…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Nutrition / Omega 3 / Research / October 19, 2015

Dr. William Harris is an internationally recognized expert in omega-3 fatty acids and heart disease. The following presentation is a three-part educational series on omega 3 fatty acids – the basics, the benefits and how you can test your levels. This is part three of the three part series, which will cover: Landmark Cardiovascular Trials Data on Dementia and Mental Health For part one of this series, click here. For part two of this series, click here. The Benefits: The Science Behind Omega 3 FA’s from OmegaQuant on Vimeo. Transcript: Moving now to the third part of this presentation, where we talk about some of the evidence, the benefits of omega-3 increases. I will look at some landmark cardiovascular trials, and we’ll look at some of the data on dementia and mental health as well. First to: Cardiovascular disease. Epidemiologically, we know…

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Harvard University researchers have revealed that omega 3 deficiency is the 6th biggest killer of Americans! (It’s even more deadly than excess trans fat intake) That’s 96,000 people, just like you and me, that die from a simple nutrient deficiency each year. The fact is, it’s preventable.  We need omega 3’s. And the best way to get adequate amounts is through fresh-water, fatty fish (which is the highest dietary source) or fish oil.  The infographic below shows 10 Uses of Fish Oil For Better Health: Disclaimer: This infographic has been produced for information purposes only. Remember, you should always consult with your healthcare professional before making changes to your diet, exercise or supplementation regimen. If you are on prescription medications, always make sure to consult the prescribing doctor before making changes to your diet, exercise or supplementation. This information is intended…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Nutrition / Omega 3 / Research / October 10, 2015

Dr. William Harris. Dr. Harris is an internationally recognized expert in omega-3 fatty acids and heart disease. The following presentation is a three-part educational series on omega 3 fatty acids – the basics, the benefits and how you can test your levels. This is part one of the three part series, which will cover : The differences between omega 6 fatty acids and omega 3 fatty acids Why we do not want to reduce our omega 6 fatty acid intake The limited conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA The cellular mechanisms of omega 3 fatty acids The risk of bleeding for people taking omega 3s How omega 3s can affect DNA And sources of omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA For part two of this series, click here. For part three of this series, click here. The Basics: A look at…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Health / Nutrition / Omega 3 / October 7, 2015

In the second article in this series, I explained why omega-3 essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA, are truly essential for healthy bones. We discussed why, as we age, not getting enough omega-3s causes sarcopenia. Sarcopenia is a condition in which we produce fat instead of muscle and bone. You won’t be surprised to know that sarcopenia greatly contributes to unhealthy aging and bone loss. We also discussed why when enough EPA is available to compete with the omega-6 fatty acid, arachidonic acid (AA), for the COX-2 and LOX-5 enzymes, less pro-inflammatory and more anti-inflammatory and inflammation-ending compounds are produced. When enough EPA/DHA is consumed daily to result in a ratio of omega-6: omega-3 of no greater than 4:1, your metabolism will shift to one that favors: an anti-inflammatory response prevents chronic low grade inflammation quickly resolves acute inflammation puts…

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