fish oil

  1. Fish oil supplements reduce post-exercise pain

    Soothe your aching muscles with omega-3s

    Whether you're getting back on the horse... or hopping in the saddle for the first time... staying active is always a good idea.

    But if you're a little on the older side, the next day you may feel like you were run over by that horse.

    But a new study finds a natural way to avoid that soreness and still get the exercise you need.

    There's just one catch: You need to start doing it before your workout.

    And not just for a few minutes... and maybe not even a few days... because the women in the study started doing it every day for A WEEK before exercising.

    But it won't take a lot of time or money or even any kind of preparation. All you have to do is take fish oil!

    In the study, taking 6 grams of fish oils (3000 mg of EPA and 600 mg of DHA) a day for a week before a single workout session cut their soreness in the upper and lower body by as much as 42 percent.

    Sure, that still leaves a little more than half the pain behind, but that should be enough to make it bearable.

    Now, that dosage is a little higher than what I've recommended in the past (1 to 3 grams), but it's still perfectly safe. And at those high levels, the omega-3s reduced muscle soreness comparably to NSAIDs -- without the side effects and other dangers.

    Those omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to help fight off the debilitating pain of an RA flare-up before it starts.

    If you're still having muscle cramps after a little physical activity -- or even without exerting yourself at all -- you may need something other than fish oil to get rid of them. For example, cramping and twitching especially in the legs is usually a dead giveaway for a magnesium deficiency.

    Shortages of potassium and calcium can also trigger muscle issues as well.

    Finally, make sure your fitness routine isn't knocking you down for the count. Exercising like a maniac can be bad for your heart; and moderate exercise is enough to reduce your risk of Alzheimer's, shrink tumors and slow cancer progression, and keep your blood sugar under control.

    And even just a little activity goes a long way to help you live longer.

    When you're done, reward yourself with a nice, hot bath. You'll burn even more calories by sitting there in the tub, and you'll help control your blood sugar while you're at it.

  2. Fish oil can restore cognitive flexibility

    Hit the other side of 60, and every little brain hiccup becomes a heart-stopping moment of silent panic: Is this dementia?

    Stop worrying so much. In most cases, it's just Father Time up to his usual tricks.

    NONE of us are as quick as we used to be, but that doesn't mean you have to sit back and let nature take its course -- because I've got a simple trick that can goose your brain and help put the spring back into your mental steps.

    And this is one trick that should be up your sleeve already.

    If you're not taking a fish oil supplement by now, my friend, I don't know what you're waiting for because omega-3 fatty acids are one of the best natural all-around health-boosters there is.

    Now, the latest research shows how these essentials could give your brain just what it needs to pull off a trick called cognitive flexibility, or the ability to switch between mental tasks.

    Cognitive flexibility is what lets you quickly switch gears from arguing over sports stats at the bar to calculating the tip when the check arrives without missing a beat.

    When you're young, it works like a remote control flicking between channels. You don't even have to think about it. Pass the half-century mark, and you might need a couple moments to get your mind off one track and onto the other.

    And in some cases, trying to make that switch could leave you scratching your head.

    But a new study of 40 cognitively healthy seniors with a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's finds that boosting your fish oil intake can give you back that cognitive flexibility and even help GROW the part of the brain that lets you do it (if you're keeping score, it's called the anterior cingulate cortex).

    Along with protecting your cognitive flexibility, fish oil can also help slow the "brain shrink" linked to dementia and flush out the protein linked to cognitive decline.

    The new study was funded by a drug company, which of course wants you to buy some pricey synthetic version of the omega-3 fatty acids. Don't waste your time or money; just stick to a quality fish oil supplement from a maker you trust.

  3. Fish oil slows brain aging by up to two years

    Quit those boring crosswords and Sudokus forever! Scientists say just a spoonful a day of fish oil, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, could keep your mind razor sharp and slow your brain's aging by up to two full years! You can start getting smarter today!
  4. Common knee operation is a scam

    New research proves that meniscus surgery is a scam -- delivering the same level of relief as a sham procedure. Here's how to really fix your knee.
  5. Dementia 'cure' not ready for prime time

    The so-called Alzheimer's cure making headlines has flunked every test so far. But you don't need a drug to protect your brain. Get the real answers here.
  6. Daily aspirin hurts more than it helps

    Aspirin's called a "wonder drug." But new research shows daily aspirin is twice as likely to hurt you as it is to help.
  7. Fish oil can beat dementia and extend lives

    A little fish oil can help fight off cognitive decline and even extend your life, according to new research.
  8. Fish oil 'drug' falls short

    The feds have rejected the expansion of a fish oil 'drug.' For once, the feds got it right.
  9. Omega-3s won't boost your cancer risk

    A new study claims fish oil supplements can increase the risk of cancer -- but the study didn't look at fish oil supplements at all. Get the truth about omega-3s right here.
  10. Bogus omega-3 study finds 'no benefit'

    A study claims to find no heart benefit to fish oil -- but only because of a few classic dirty research tricks. Find out what they pulled here.

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