How About Those OMEGA-3’s?

Are you getting omega-3 fats in your diet either through nutrition or by supplements? If not, you should be!

A lot of people of around the country and the world, who don’t consume much fish, may be coming up short on this essential fat. The healthiest of all the fats; especially eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The Omega-3s play a far reaching role in our health. They are really best known for the anti-inflammatory properties. The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3s help protect the heart by lowering inflammation of the arteries and acting as a blood thinner. It also slows down a persons heart rate, maintain ones heart rhythm and blood flow.

Omega-3s may help reduce the risk of many cancers, such as prostate and breast cancer. They help off-set the excess omega-6 fats, like those found in corn, soybean and safflower oils. In many scientific studies the omega-3s have inhibited the growth of cancers. This is great news!

Something to note is how omega-3s are known to improve fat metabolism. Researchers at the University of South Australia, recently did a study using adult volunteers where one group were given various supplements including 1560 mg of DHA and 360 mg of EPA daily with some light exercises, while another group of individuals took a placebo and did light exercises. This test lasted for three months and the results were differing. The volunteers who took the omega-3s lost great amounts of weight, while the placebo volunteers didn’t see any change.

Another great health benefit, in which DHA has been effective, is how it can improve memory as well as helping cognitive function in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. There was a double blinded study of 40 older men and women who took 1.5 grams of DHA on a daily basis led to great reduction in their aggressive behaviors in as little as two months. In the study many of the treated recipients show that DHA worked with lutien to thicken the eye’s macular pigment, helping reduce the risk of macular degeneration which has been known to be a leading cause of blindness among the elderly.

The American Journal of Psychiatry has described how omega’s have help balance the chemistry in the brain of an adult, including those suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, and postpartum depression. Also found them to reduce impulsive behaviors, hostility and physical aggressiveness. The omegas have helped in the development of an infant’s brain as well.

I of course always try to get my nutrients from food sources whenever possible. And if I can’t or feel I need to increase my intake, I’ll include the needed amounts in a supplement. A recommended dietary amount for most individuals would be to take at least 1 gram of fish oils daily. For those with coronary heart disease, it is recommended to gradually increase your daily intake to 3 grams. You can add 100 to 200 mg of gamma-linolenic acid, a plant oil to enhance the anti-inflammatory benefits of EPA.

I remember the days after my change from being a junk food junkie

The purpose of this blog is to share many thoughts about the different products and ideas regarding ones health consciousness. To search out some various options for eating and living healthier while still enjoying the best things in life. Looking for those pleasant discoveries to charm our taste buds while delivering to our bodies health and vitality.  Learning by chance what physical endeavors can make our bodies feel and function at enduring levels.

I remember the days after my change from being a junk food junkie and enduring the strides it took to transform to a health junkie. On more than one occasion I had heard different people say to me; you like that health junk, huh? I’d respond; I’m trying to like it. It does make me feel a lot better.

From here we can explore what our world has to offer. That can help us along the way to enjoying a much more healthier lifestyle without the compromise of the things we enjoy. We will also look for discoveries relating to health longevity or life extension. And expose the things that can shorten a persons life or possibly make one ill.

Getting things started with this blog!

Hello everyone! My name is Jay and I will be bringing some great discoveries in the world of health. I hope you enjoy what you read here at Health Junk. I’m looking forward to sharing about different ways we can bring enjoyment to our lives while improving ones health. Are you ready for some great information? Then stay tuned for much more to come regarding healthy snacking, utilizing herbs and vitamins, eating organic foods, doing light exercise and stretching, protecting ourselves from environmental hazards or over exposure to unhealthy substances.

Some subject areas I may tread lightly on while indulging heavier into others. Just hang on while we navigate through some exciting health issues that won’t break the bank or kill your taste buds. Remember, when a person is a junk food lover like I once was for several years, it’s not that easy to change over to healthier ways. Unless there is some enjoyment while doing it.