omega-3

  1. How to build a “super brain”… in 6 EASY steps 

    I don’t need to tell you that our brains are under ASSAULT.  

    Depression rates are skyrocketing… and people are starting to develop dementia in their 40s! 

    This was UNHEARD OF only a generation ago.  

    Everything from the processed foods we eat to the dangerous drugs we take can slowly destroy our brains.  

    Now, it’s time to fight back.  

    Because there are six “power nutrients” that can help protect your brain from damage.  

    And they can help keep your brain sharp and humming along for the rest of your life.  

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    Lots of doctors used to think there wasn’t much you could do to protect your brain.  

    It all came down to luck and genetics – you were either going to have brain problems, or you weren’t.  

    Now we know that we have a lot more control over our brain health.  

    Here are six supplements that are proven to keep you sharp and act like “armor” for your brain: 

    1. Omega-3s: I can’t say enough about the omega-3 fatty acids EPA/DHA. These necessary fats are one of the biggest deficiencies in the modern world – almost completely missing from our diets. Studies have shown omega-3 fatty acids are good for your heart, immune system, brain, and blood vessels. EPA/DHA also help with mood and reasoning abilities.  
    1. vitamins: Want to guarantee you feel depressed? Make sure you avoid the B vitamins. B vitamins help with depression, but also dementia, and poor thinking. B vitamins can be found in beef liver, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy products. Make sure you are getting enough B12, B6, folate, and biotin.  
    1. Curcumin: This is the main bioactive compound found in the spice turmeric. Curcumin protects your brain in several ways. It increases levels of dopamine and serotonin (in fact, it works as a great antidepressant). It also increases blood flow to the brain. Most importantly, curcumin acts as a powerful antioxidant and brain protectant.  
    1. Ginkgo biloba: The most popular herb in the world is ginkgo. It is so effective as a medicine, that it is used as a prescription in Europe. Gingko improves memory and cognitive functions by improving small blood flow (called microcirculation). It has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety and improve short-term memory.  
    1. Zinc: This mineral is a big part of your immune system, but it also has a huge impact on mental health. Studies have shown zinc helps with mood disorders, depression, and anxiety. You can find zinc in red meat, poultry, beans, and whole grains.  
    1. CoQ10: This nutrient helps support the mitochondria, the energy centers of our cells. And, remember, your brain needs a TON of energy. CoQ10 is also great for your heart.  

    While you can get lots of these nutrients from your diet, they’re also widely available at just about any local or online vitamin shop.  

  2. Omega-3s protect your heart

    Don't make your heart wait for protection!

    The times, they are a-changin'.

    And it's nice to see them change for good, for once.

    You see, 15 years ago, the American Heart Association was reticent to recommend omega-3s for heart patients.

    But now, they've just released a new advisory that supports taking fish oil supplements for heart health.

    Wonders never cease!

    Of course, if you've been reading my eTips, you already aware of the benefits of supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids. We've known for quite some time how it can reduce heart attack risk by 16 percent.

    It can also REDUCE your chances of dying from heart disease by 10 percent. The AHA calls this reduction "moderate."

    Tell that to the folks that stay alive thanks to those omega-3s!

    If you read the statement, you can see that the AHA hasn't completely bought into the protective benefits of omega-3s. In fact, they limit their recommendations to those already diagnosed with heart disease.

    And, hedging their bets even further, they claim that while taking fish oil supplements can help with certain heart conditions (coronary blocks, a recent heart attack), there isn't enough evidence as to the "primary prevention" of coronary heart disease, heart failure, or atrial fibrillation for them to recommend it.

    Listen, no one ever claimed that omega-3s alone will keep your heart beating if you abuse it by subjecting yourself to CHD risk factors like poor diet, lack of exercise, cigarette smoking, and so on.

    But if you're looking to prevent stroke... or have had irregular heartbeats... there's NO REASON why you SHOULDN'T bulk up on omega-3s by taking fish oil supplements!

    Regardless of what the AHA has stated, there HAS, in fact, been a LOT of evidence that support omega-3 supplements for preventing heart disease.

    Just because the AHA isn't prepared to put its stamp of approval on fish supplements -- YET -- doesn't mean they're not going to help you.

    There's no sense in waiting another 15 years for them to release yet another set of recommendations that continue to tiptoe around the subject. The fact is, omega-3s can help lessen inflammation, reduce your blood pressure, and lower your triglycerides if they're high.

    And all of those are good for your heart.

    But you can't rely on fish oil alone to protect your heart entirely if you're engaging in some behaviors that put you at high risk. Shedding those extra pounds and strengthening your heart with some gentle exercise will do a world of good in conjunction with essential fatty acids.

    If you don't love the fish oil capsules (make sure you choose a high-quality one that doesn't taste "fishy"), you can also get your omega-3s by eating fatty fish like wild-caught salmon and mackerel, eggs (yes, eggs!), and plant sources like flax.

  3. Common painkillers in new death risk

    Common NSAID painkillers can increase the risk of serious heart problems such as heart failure and even death, according to a new warning.
  4. Antidepressants boost heart risk

    Common SSRI antidepressant drugs can slow the heart and increase the risk of serious problems.
  5. Awesome power of omega-3

    A review of over 40,000 patients over several decades piled on even more evidence that fish oil is good for your heart.
  6. Omega-3 benefits for premature babies

    A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) claims that the use of omega-3 fatty acid supplements can improve the cognitive performance of kids who were born as preemies.

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