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Cholesterol – the myths and the facts

Cholesterol – the myths and the facts.

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February 26, 2014 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

Omega 3 – viagra for the brain

Omega  3’s are essential fatty acid molecules that make and repair the body’s  cells and organs. They can raise “good” cholesterol to  help unclog veins and arteries. While Omega-6 is a pro-inflammatory fatty acid, Omega-3 is an anti-inflammatory fatty  acid.  Our modern society consumes excessive amounts of foods loaded with  harmful Omega-6 oils. Omega-3 supplements are one  of the basics now recommended by doctors for heart health, improved metabolism,  and brain function.

Nearly every system in the body can benefit from Omega 3, including the cardiovascular system, immune system, circulatory system, reproductive system, nervous system, as well as joints.

What is does:

  • Increased HDL (“good”) cholesterol and decreased triglycerides.
  • Lowers blood pressure significantly in individuals with hypertension.
  • Helps protect against strokes caused by plaque buildup and blood clots in  the arteries that lead to the brain.
  • Help lower triglycerides  and apoproteins (markers of diabetes), and raise ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL)
  • Reduce tenderness in joints,  decrease morning stiffness, and allow for a reduction in the amount of  medication needed for people with rheumatoid arthritis
  • Help increase levels of calcium in the body, deposit calcium in the bones, and improve bone strength
  •  Important  components of nerve cell membranes. They help nerve cells communicate with each  other, which is an essential step in maintaining good mental health.
  • May decrease inflammation and improve lung  function in adults with asthma
  • Appears to reduce the risk of some cancers
  • Promotes a healthy heart
  • Thins the blood
  • Improves functioning of the nervous system
  • Relieves depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit, hyperactivity and autism
  • Improves sleep, improves skin condition, helps balance hormones
  • Reduces insulin resistance.

Deficiency Signs:

Dry skin, eczema, dry hair or dandruff, excessive thirst, excessive sweating, poor memory or learning difficulties, inflammatory health problems, eg arthritis, high blood lipids, depression, PMS or breast pain, water retention.

Sources:

Our intake of Omega 6 can be too high because of our diets (corn, soy, sunflower, margarine and other oils) but Omega 3 is only available from good quality oily fish sources like Salmon, Tuna, Mackerel and Cod Liver oil.

October 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment


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