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Here are the top five best vitamin and mineral supplements to help prevent heart disease.
When I talk about heart disease, I like to mention that it’s preventable. Your environment, much more than your genes, is a key factor in this top killer—and by environment, I mean what you eat, what you don’t eat, if you exercise, smoke, drink, the stress you incur, and so on. In fact, most of the risk factors associated with heart disease can be changed. You need to:
February is heart month, so woo your heart with easy but essential acts of love.
What are the best vitamin and mineral supplements with a proven track record for strengthening the heart? How important is exercise? How about sleep? Is it possible to manage arterial plaque? We’ve picked the top seven best things you can do right now to strengthen and love your heart; here are four to get you started.
By Tracy Shields - Believe it or not, inflammation is a good thing—or at least it’s supposed to be when everything in your body is working right. According to Webster’s, “Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and chemicals protect us from infection and foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses.”
But, often due to poor diet, lack of exercise, increased age or other factors, inflammation is triggered when there are no visible signs of infection. Arthritis is a good example: inflammation of the joints and often a sign of more serious problems.
Now, more than ever, parents, children and teens not only need to know the benefits of omega-3s, they need to be getting these essential nutrients early in life.
Fact #1: Omega-3s are essential for kid brainpower. Deficiencies of omega-3 fatty acids are linked to decreased learning ability, ADHD, depression and dyslexia in kids. Conversely, good fats in children’s and teens’ diets help with concentration, focus, increased learning ability and overall brain performance. And because brain development begins in the uterus, higher concentrations of EPA and DHA (the molecules within omega-3s) are most important earlier in life.
In my search for the perfect combination of healthy foods that can help me live longer, stronger and possibly prevent problems such as heart disease and diabetes, I came to the conclusion that most diet plans require you to remove things from your daily diet.
The Paleo diet insists that you remove grains; low-fat diets want you to remove fat; raw-food diets say you should remove cooked foods; vegetarian or vegan diets aren’t legit unless you remove meat. And while removing excess is a good thing, your goal should be balance. As a rule of thumb, when considering diet plans, Michael Pollen’s famous advice works best: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
But don’t confuse “low” with “no.” And don’t “remove,” just “reduce.” Especially these top-five essential foods…
Fats play an important role in our health, especially the good ones! The three basic types of fats are monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated. The omega-3 and omega-6 fats are polyunsaturated.
The omega-6 fatty acid (linoleic acid) is plentiful in both nature and diet but this is not the case with omega-3. Walnuts, flaxseed and spinach are a poor source of heart-healthy omega-3 because these foods don’t provide any of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, also known as EPA and DHA.
Among the elderly, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer, who discovered specific changes in the brain tissue accompanied by memory loss. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death and usually occurs among those 65+.
Physical exercise is not just for the body. Moving around actually improves brain function; regular exercise may improve memory and thinking. According to a research study that tracked movement: “If a person had a low overall physical activity, they had a faster rate of cognitive decline. People with low activity were more likely to develop [Alzheimer’s disease]. Compared to those with high rates of activity, the risk of developing AD was two times higher.”
Alzheimer’s research reveals that a specific type of healthy fat known as omega-3 is beneficial for the brain: “One of the key strategies of an Alzheimer’s prevention program involves healthy brain nutrition. A diet rich in antioxidant fruits and vegetables, omega-3 fats from fish and nuts, and whole grains will strengthen brain cells and protect the body from diabetes, which studies now show doubles the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.”
Include vegetables, fruits and nuts in the diet, and limit how often you eat red meat. In the Columbia University study, “more than 2000 people age 65 and older found a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease in the volunteers who ate a greater amount of nuts, fish, tomatoes, poultry, vegetables and fruits, and a lesser amount of high-fat dairy products, red meat and butter.”
Supplement the Diet
In addition to eating healthy, there are some great dietary supplements. Featured in Dr. Oz’s video, taking 600 milligrams of DHA, a specific type of omega-3, can help memory and support the aging brain.
Low levels of vitamin D are associated with cognitive impairment. Since such deficiencies are easy to acquire, taking a vitamin D supplement is a good idea. This can help ensure that vitamin D levels are met and help improve brain health.
Also essential for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, antioxidants like those found in fruits such as blueberries, strawberries and cranberries have been shown in studies to improve cognitive function. Additionally, antioxidants help protect the lipids found in brain cells that are important for cell function.
Watch Your Blood Sugar
Since elevated blood sugar increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, if you are diabetic, try to avoid foods that spike the blood sugar. It is better to have small, frequent meals rather than large ones. “Eating at regular intervals helps to maintain consistent blood-sugar levels. Also avoid refined carbohydrates high in sugar and white flour, which rapidly spike glucose levels and inflame your brain.”
Additionally, simple activities like switching hands to brush your hair can help improve your brain health. Find ways to challenge your brain or become more active!
Res-Q's Omega-3 Supplements
Res-Q 1250+ provides the omega-3 fatty acids DHA & EPA, and vitamin D. Res-Q 1250+ supports brain health and is intended to supplement the diet. It contains more DHA per capsule than most fish-oil supplements. DHA helps support brain and eye health; vitamin D is important for brain and bone health.