It seems like a simple question, right? As it turns out, the answer may not be as straightforward as you think. A new infographic from GOED, the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s, reveals huge gaps in what different countries recommend for daily intake of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and DHA docosahexeanoic acid (DHA), the two most researched omega-3 fatty acids.
Russia suggests 1300 milligrams daily. Norway checks in with a middle-of-the-road 450 milligrams. Australia advises just 160 milligrams. And many countries, including the United States, don’t make any official recommendation at all.
A new study out of Australia suggests B vitamins enhance the homocysteine-lowering effect of omega-3s. This is good news for people who are concerned about a high homocysteine level, which has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and certain neurological diseases, as well as to lowered bone mineral density in women.
Homocysteine is an amino acid that forms in your blood as a byproduct of digesting animal protein. It also is produced in our bodies from another amino acid called methionine. People who consume a diet high in animal protein and low in leafy green vegetables, fruits and grain-based foods – all of which have high levels of folic acid and B vitamins – may develop high homocysteine levels.
Warm weather is coming and you have decided this is the year you will get into shape. You will lace up your sneakers and get moving. You will trade in your muffin top for a tank top. You will feel younger! Energized! Slimmer! Good for you – that’s the spirit!
One quick question before you start: Do you know what you’re doing? If the answer is no, follow this advice from our medical advisors and you’ll be on the path to looking and feeling your best. And remember, if you haven’t been active in quite a while, you may want to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, just to make sure there aren’t any limitations based on your health.
Ready to get started? To do it safely, your exercise routine should consist of: