Omega-3s

Health Blog: What to Do to Help Fight the Ill Effects of Trans Fats

In the previous blogs about trans fats, we have told you about the bad things these can do to your heart and your brain. But what else besides avoiding trans fats in processed and restaurant foods might you do to ameliorate the ill effects of trans fats on your vital organs?

Health Blog: Obese people have a problem tasting fat

Fatty Foods Numb the Taste Buds

Omega-6 oils are hard to taste and therefor making Americans obese when there are healthier alternatives.Not so long ago the ability to taste and identify fats was a survival skill. Certain fats and oils are essential for energy and for the production of hormones. Finding these fats as a hunter / gatherer was a matter of life and death. 

Health Blog: Seven Ways to Maximize Baby’s Health

With your baby, it is important to start out right

It is important to maximize your baby's health from the beginning of lifeWhen you work in preventative health care, a newborn infant is somewhat of a “holy grail.” A completely clean slate at birth, the newborn offers physicians the opportunity to work purely with health optimization – no chronic symptoms to unravel, no life history to contend with. My only job is to maintain and promote proper function on all levels. Here are the seven things I recommend to all new parents to maximize their baby’s health going forward.

Best Foods for Protecting Skin from the Sun This 4th Of July

The fireworks shouldn’t happen on your skin

When it comes to protection from the harmful effects of sunlight, what you put in your body is as important as what you put on it.Most of us think of protection from the sun’s damaging effects on skin as coming from the outside, i.e. sunscreen. The truth is that the right nutrients are just as important because they can protect the skin from those cancer-causing UVA and UVB rays, from the inside. When you are outside this 4th of July holiday, remember to protect your skin from the inside, too. Here are some of the foods and nutrients that will do just that.

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Food Blog: Balancing Omega-3s, 6s Could Save Your Life

Healthy eating guide can help you find the balance

Following this healthy eating guide to balance omega-6s and 3s could very well save your life. Nix the 6s and eat the 3s!One of the most important things you will ever learn about what to eat and what not to eat is this: If you get the balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in your diet under control, you can expect to enjoy good health. If you don’t, expect to get asthma, coronary heart disease, many forms of cancer, autoimmunity or neurodegenerative diseases, and you are more likely to become obese, depressed, hyperactive or worse.

Women’s Health Blog: Omega-3s Boost Responses to Breast-Cancer Drug

Study finds they appear to reduce gene expression linked to tumor growth

New research points to a potential role for omega-3s in fighting tumors.In case you need one more reason to add fish oil to your diet, on April 6, 2011, researchers from the Fox Chase Cancer Center presented breaking research showing that omega-3 fatty acids boost the effectiveness of a common breast-cancer drug, tamoxifen.

Health Blog: Supplements vs Pharmaceuticals

Why you don’t know about supplements that can make you better

Supplements can be just as effective for certain ailments as pharmaceuticals. If you haven’t heard this, there is a reason.Unless you’re living without TV, you’ve undoubtedly heard of pharmaceutical drugs to reduce “bad” cholesterol, and drugs for joint pain. But have you heard about  dietary supplements that have a positive effect on these health conditions?

There's a reason for that.

Health Blog: Omega-3s and Cancer

Omega-3 shows promise for preserving weight, muscle for cancer patients

Preserving lean muscle is a concern for every aging person, but especially so for those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. Cancer patients on chemo typically suffer from muscle wasting and malnutrition, and this involuntary weight loss is a major contributor to both mortality and morbidity. Here is some good news about this.

Omega-3s in food and beverages

Why we don’t see more products containing omega-3s

With all that omega-3 fatty acids have going for them, it’s easy to see why fortifying foods and beverages with the omega-3s DHA/EPA is a good idea. Study after study has demonstrated a dizzying array of health benefits of omega-3s – from mental clarity and mood enhancement to cholesterol reduction and weight control for patients on chemotherapy.

Women's Health Blog: Breast Cancer and DHA

DHA omega-3 boosts survival time for advanced breast cancer by one full year

At WellWise, we are always on the lookout for women’s health news. We found this study about breast cancer and the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) that we feel you should know about. The research results show that a high dose DHA increases advanced breast cancer survival time by one full year, or 55%. That’s major, and every woman on breast cancer chemo must learn about this.

Health Blog: Nutrition Revolution by the People!

Dietary guidelines for Americans lag behind

As usual government is, as they say, a little slow on the uptake.

You may have seen the recent WellWise blog about the new USDA dietary guidelines. We wrote about the reduced salt recommendations, but we missed something rather amusing.

Brain Blog: Krill Oil and ADHD Part 4: Eat Your Brains

Your brain needs phospholipids

People with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) often have a deficiency in omega-3s and phospholipids. Unfortunately, omega-3 phospholipids can be found in only a few natural sources. The most studied source is cow brain. However, that research came to a crashing halt when, in 1986, mad cow disease broke out in the UK. Now it is no longer a good idea to eat brain or spinal-cord tissue.

Food Blog: Mo-o-ove Over Conventional Milk

Organic Milk in the EU Has More Omega-3

Confused about whether to buy organic milk? Here’s an update that might help you decide.

Brain Blog: Omega-3s as Brain Prophylactics?

Omega-3s may guard against traumatic brain injury

Here at WellWise.org, we’re always on the lookout for good news on the supplement/nutrition front. The latest bit of omega-3 research is encouraging, as well as making us cringe a little.

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