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 / 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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Nutrition / Omega 3 / Research / October 15, 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 two of the three part series, which will cover: The HS- Omega 3 Index Test The HS- Omega 3 Index and National Media What Diseases Can Omega 3’s Reduce Risk For? What Percentage Should Your Omega 3 Levels Be At? How Much Omega 3s Do You Need and For How Long If Your Levels Are Low? Why Red Blood Cells Are Measured Instead of Plasma For part one of this series, click here. For part three of this series, click here. Part Two: The HS-Omega-3 Index from OmegaQuant on Vimeo. Transcript: The HS-Omega-3 Index is a measure…

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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…

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Health / Nutrition / Omega 3 / Osteoporosis / September 8, 2015

Chronic inflammation is the culprit behind most diseases. You may not feel it or even sense it, but it could be bubbling up inside you. What’s Chronic Inflammation and What Factors Lead to It It’s important to understand that there are two types of inflammation: chronic and acute. Acute inflammation is your body’s first response to intruders. It shows up as redness, heat, swelling and pain. You will see acute inflammation in action in response to things like: Ingrown and infected toenails, sore throat, a scratch on the skin, and intense exercise. Acute inflammation is different from chronic inflammation.  It happens quickly (rapid onset) and soon becomes severe. Symptoms and signs are only present for a few days, or in some cases may last for several weeks. But ultimately, it’s short and temporary. Chronic inflammation on the other hand means…

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Nutrition / Omega 3 / Research / July 30, 2015

I’m sorry to burst your bubble… but if you are taking fish oil…you’re probably wasting your money. Now, I’m not saying that fish oil itself isn’t beneficial, because it is. Omega 3 fatty acids are crucial for combating many diseases and health conditions – that’s been proven. What I’m trying to say is that many of the most popular fish oils on the market right now are not going to have ANY positive effect on your health. That’s right.  Zero benefit. You see, fish oil is BIGGGG business.   Whenever there is big competition with a commodity like fish oil has become, hundreds of brands compete on price.   And price wars leads to cutting corners to make an ever cheaper product.  Today the norm is fish oil capsules with low amounts of EPA and DHA, and oil that has already started…

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Nutrition / Omega 3 / Research / July 16, 2015

What does heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and cancer all have in common? You may be surprised… but it’s inflammation. The good new is, inflammation can be reduced by consuming antioxidants like carotenoids and flavonoids. But have you heard of (arguably) the most powerful one, astaxanthin? Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring carotenoid, that is found in microalgae. Carotenoids are compounds that are found in foods and give them their beautiful color. (Such as reds, yellows and greens) and also boast potent antioxidant properties. The pink in shrimp and salmon – that’s from astaxanthin.  In fact, astaxanthin is so potent that it it even gives flamingos their bright pink color. (Flamingos are actually born white and only become pink when they start eating astaxanthin rich food!) So not only does it give foods (and even flamingos) their beautiful color, it’s also…

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Nutrition / Omega 3 / Research / December 2, 2011

Latest research conducted by a team of scientists at the University of Bristol shows that there are signs of an omega 3 osteoarthritis link. How so? Osteoarthritis seems to be greatly reduced by the intake of Omega 3 found in fish oils. The study points that the difference fish oil omega 3 makes to symptoms of osteoarthritis are both significant and substantial. How the Omega 3 Osteoarthritis Connection Works Osteoarthritis (or degenerative joint disease) is a type of arthritis where there is a breakdown and eventual loss of cartilage in one or more joints of our limbs. The cause of the disease is not yet known. However, wear and tear of joints, heredity, obesity and occurrence of fracture could trigger the condition. The treatment is limited to pain relief and joint replacement. (1) The University of Bristol study (funded by Arthritis…

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