Omega-3s for Eyes A large body of scientific evidence indicates that supplementing with fish oil benefits eye health in people of all ages. Why? Because fish oil is the best source for EPA and DHA, the omega–3 essential fatty acids that are among the most important nutrients for the development, function, and maintenance of eye tissue throughout life. DHA is particularly important for the eyes, and attains its highest concentration within eye tissue, where it accounts for approximately 30% of the total fatty acids.* The research-bac..
For some years there has been a gradual dawning of an interesting, even worrying, link between the amount of Insulin in our bodies and inflammation. Much work has been done to understand the linkage but the evidence is clear - high levels of Insulin = high levels of inflammation. The marker, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), has been shown to be a very good measure of inflammation. If you eat a diet rich in simple carbohydrates then your body will produce high levels of Insulin which leads to high levels of infl..
The dietary needs of the elite and recreational sportsman and woman are complex and highly variable. The underlying need is to manage the blood glucose levels to avoid both peaks and troughs. There are 2 scenarios that do not help althletes: Peaks in blood glucose levels occur when we eat simple starchy carbohydrates, including sugar, and these highs then trigger a release of insulin which drives the blood gluose levels lower. Unfortunately the amount of insulin released can be soi large that the blood sugar levels then dip too low. ..
I was asked the other day what the GI of Trehalose was. They had been looking around on the internet and become confused because some sites say it has a GI of 70 while others just suggest that it is low - some suggest it is around 30. So here is the truth. In order to measure anything you need to have a standard to measure against. The common standard that foods are tested against for GI is the WHO/FAO protocol. This protocol includes the following: Each subject is studied 5 times per product. The test ..
When people refer to B Vitamins they are essentially referring to water-soluble vitamins (excluding Vitamin C). These include: Thiamine (vitamin B1) riboflavin (vitamin B2) niacin (vitamin B3) pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) pyridoxoine (vitamin B6) biotin, folic acid and cobalmins (vitamin B12) At one time it was thought that there was a single Vitamin B but researchers later found that there are many that work independently. The importance of adequate B Vitamins in the diet cannot be over-emp..
Omega-3s for the Back and Joints Back and joint pain often originates in different causes, but typically has one underlying factor—inflammation. Normally a protective mechanism, inflammation can produce many negative health effects when it becomes a long-term or chronic condition—including chronic pain and the breakdown of cartilage and tissue. A large body of scientific evidence indicates that fish oil supports the body's natural anti-inflammatory response and the internal repair systems that operate in response to inflammation. Studi..
A few years ago a friend visted from Canada and talked of eating Barley Grass (and wheatgrass) and my reaction was simply to dismiss her comment as wierd. However, increasingly I'm seeing more and more health conscious individuals who are including green food concentrates such as Barley grass and other cereal grasses in their diets. So on checking Barley grass appears to be richer in individual vitamins and enzymes than many other known super-foods. The real benefit and power of Barley grass is the combination of all the..
Omega-3s for the Brain & Mood A large and growing body of scientific evidence indicates that fish oil benefits mental health and brain function in all stages of life. EPA and DHA, the omega–3 essential fatty acids in fish oil, are particularly concentrated in the brain—an organ composed of nearly 60% fat—and the nervous system, where they provide necessary building blocks for healthy cells and tissue.* DHA, for example, constitutes 20% of the total fatty acids in the cerebral cortex, the outermost layer of the brain responsible f..
Omega-3s for the Heart There is more scientific evidence behind the cardiovascular benefits of fish oil than any other nutritional supplement. Thousands of clinical studies have shown that increased intake of EPA and DHA—the omega–3 essential fatty acids in fish oil—enhance overall cardiovascular function.* The American Heart Association recently released an updated statement recommending that healthy adults eat fish at least twice a week, patients with heart disease to take 1 gram EPA+DHA per day, and individuals with high triglyc..
Essential Fatty Acids are nutritional cornerstones of human health. Two major families of fats are comprised under this designation, omegas 3 and 6. They are deemed 'essential' because we need them for proper health—much like certain vitamins and minerals—but cannot produce them on our own. We must therefore consume these fats through diet or supplementation. Most people associate omega-3s with cardiovascular health, but their benefits go far beyond the heart. The two main omega-3s EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosa..