More Benefits of Fish Oil

Fish Oil is now recognized as an important nutrient for the prevention of heart arrhythmias1 that lead to sudden death.  These omega 3 oils have significant scientific proof that they can extend your life.  They are also a superior nutrient to assist fat-related calorie burning.  They promote the health of your white adipose tissue so that you can lose weight or maintain a healthy weight more easily, as well as helping you not become type II diabetic2. DHA is the most biologically useful omega 3 fatty acid.  The purpose of this brief review is to explain the extreme value of DHA to your health. What are Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids? Omega 3 essential fatty acids are a unique type of fat that cannot be produced by your body from other fats and thus must come from your diet.  All cell membranes in your body can use them to regulate health, and minimally they are needed for growth – which is the original reason for them being termed essential. The length of an omega 3 fatty acid, in terms of its carbon spine, is very important.  The shorter omega 3 is called α-linolenic acid (ALA).  It is 18 carbons long with three unsaturated bonds (starting at the 3rd carbon – thus the name omega 3).  ALA is the type that is found in non-animal omega 3 oils such as flax3, chia seeds, perilla, and walnuts.  Another 18 carbon omega 3 is called stearidonic acid, and this time has four unsaturated bonds.  Black current seed oil is a rich source of stearidonic acid. Fish oil is composed of two main types of omega 3 oils, eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid.  These oils are longer in length and they […]
By |September 20th, 2013|Diet|0 Comments

Benefits of Whole Grain Fiber

Eating a diet rich in fiber – especially the kind of fiber found in whole grains – reduces the risk of dying at an early age from a range of causes, a new government study suggests. Fiber’s beneficial effects on heart health have been known for decades, so it wasn’t surprising that eating a lot of fiber was associated with a lower risk of death due to heart attack and heart disease. But fiber intake also appears to lower the risk of dying from respiratory diseases (such as pneumonia and chronic bronchitis) and infectious diseases, the study found. The study, which was funded by the National Cancer Institute, also found a link between fiber consumption and a reduced risk of death from cancer, but only in men. The source of the fiber appears to be critical. Consuming fiber from whole grains was most strongly linked to a lower risk of dying during the study, while fiber from vegetables and beans appeared to have a minimal impact on death risk. The fiber in fruit seemed to offer no protection at all. This unexpected finding suggests that the antioxidants and other nutrients in whole grains- not just the fiber- may be partly responsible for promoting health and long life.
By |September 16th, 2013|Diet|0 Comments