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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.

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

Vit B12 – a bare necessity

There is a study, published in the prestigious journal Neurology, where M.R.I. scans were used to measure brain volume and blood tests to record vitamin B12 levels.

They divided the subjects into three groups, based on their level of the vitamin, and followed them for five years with annual scans and physical and mental examinations.

The group with the lowest levels of vitamin B12 lost twice as much brain volume as those with the highest levels. The difference was significant, even after controlling for initial brain size, age, sex, education, cognitive test scores and various measures of blood chemistry.

What it does:

Vitamin B12 is crucial to brain function and the overall health of  your nervous system. It’s the engine behind your body’s ability  to make blood. Every cell in your body uses it to convert fuel into energy.    It’s also the key to DNA synthesis and regulation, and enables your body to produce life-giving fatty acids.*

Deficiency signs:
Anemia
Fatigue
Poor nerve function
Diarrhea
Memory loss

Here’s another thing about B12: it powerfully lowers levels of homocysteine, one of the key indicators for heart health.*

That’s because — at high enough levels —   homocysteine provokes an inflammatory response across every system in your body, blood vessels included.

In the past, medicine has completely overlooked this key factor in heart health, focusing instead on cholesterol. That’s a real shame, because the fact is that homocysteine’s the real culprit. And its consequences are entirely preventable.

In fact, all folks really need to keep homocysteine levels in check is to get about 500 mcg of B12 per day.

Sources:

Lean meats—particularly grass-fed beef—and organ meats are a great source of B12. Here’s a list of other good sources:

Clams, trout, salmon, haddock, tuna, milk. Vit B 12 is not generally found in plant foods.

* Courtesy The Doctor’s Heart Cure – Al Sears, MD.

September 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm 2 comments


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