With all of the misleading information that circulates regarding supplements, we’re glad to see that this infographic presents supplements in a light based solely on the clinical research published in peer-reviewed journals.
Not surprisingly, some of the supplements that come out on top, such as omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil, vitamin D, probiotics and green tea — all have a vast body of clinical research supporting their efficacy and importance. Have you personally benefited from any of these supplements?
Our brain allows us to think, plan, remember, move feel pain and emotion, among many other things. In order to keep our brain in tip top shape we need to keep it stimulated (with things like puzzles and reading), get plenty of exercise and rest, and of course provide it with all the essential nutrients it needs.
As you may have heard before, fish and fish oils are great for your brain! The brain-nourishing benefits of fish and fish oil supplements primarily come from the two main omega-3 fatty acids found in raw fish oil: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
The Omega 3 Sources infographic highlights the key health benefits of each of the Omega 3 sources. For example, in addition to providing a rich source of Omega 3, salmon is a very good source of Vitamin D, Niacin and Vitamin B12. It also lets readers compare at-a-glance the quantity of Omega 3 contained in each source.
Along with being a tasty source of protein, seafood is one of the best ways to get those essential omega-3 fatty acids. But some popular seafood species contain high levels of metals (especially mercury) and potentially harmful industrial chemicals. So how do we know what’s safe to eat and what to ask about your seafood?
Toxic contaminates accumulate in small organisms and the fish and other sea creature population eat these contaminated creatures.
According to recent research:
Consuming omega-3 fatty acids from fish may be associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer
Researchers analyzed 26 international cohort studies that included a total of more than 883,000 participants (and more than 20,000 cases of breast cancer). They found that, for every 100 mg per day of omega-3 fatty acids that a woman consumed, she had a 5 percent lower risk of breast cancer. One thing to keep in mind: The study was just correlational. “Evidence from either experimental or observational studies suggests a protective effect of marine n-3 PUFA (omega-3 fatty acids from fish) on breast cancer, Continue reading →
The Standard American Diet
High in OMEGA-6
The Standard American Diet is rich in saturated fats, trans fatty acids, and arachidonic acid. Saturated fats and trans fatty acids result in stiffer, non-permeable cell membranes, which reduce cell communication and limit adequate transport of nutrients into a
cell. Arachidonic acid is an Omega-6 fatty acid found primarily in meat and dairy. Arachidonic acid is the precursor to
immune molecules that create inflammation and can contribute to chronic inflammatory diseases Continue reading →
Researchers from Tufts University discovered that an increase in DHA in the blood lowered the risk of acquiring dementia, which can be a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. Medical science is working hard on finding a method of prevention for cognitive disorders today, and DHA has shown much promise. The participants in In another study conducted by neuroscientists at UCLA, researchers found out that a diet high in Omega-3 helps to protect the brain against memory loss and also provides protection against cell damage in those with Alzheimer’s disease. The study also discovered that adding Omega-3 fatty acid DHA might lower the risk of getting Alzheimer’s. The study was conducted using two separate groups of mice. One group was fed a diet that was not healthy, while the other group was given a diet rich in DHA. The result was that the group with the DHA diet performed much better in memory tests. Even though the mice were genetically predisposed to acquiring Alzheimer’s, the DHA seemed to offer mice protection against getting the disease.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated, but you do need to pay close attention. Looking at the labels of the items you buy at the grocery store is important to maintain optimum health. Reading labels can seem intimidating at first, but once you know how to do it, and how important it is, you will find yourself reading labels on everything you eat.