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Archive for September, 2011

A Diet Rich in Omega-3s, Is It the Newest Defense against Disease

Monday, September 19th, 2011

In my prior blog, I noted some of the benefits of Omega-3s.  These fatty acids are required by our body but they are not produced by us.  We need to eat them.  Fish is of course one of the best way to get these fatty acids.  Fish oils rich in eicosapentenioc (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA) are one way to get the benefits if you cannot handle fish.  The recent studies show that a diet lacking the Omega-3s will not help prevent many diseases.  Some diseases  Omega- 3s have shown beneficial qualities are: breast cancer- 32% reduction; heart disease – 35 -40 % reduction; Depression — 40% reduction; ADD/ADHD – questionable reduction; Macular Degeneration of the eyes- undetermined slowing over time.  Eating more Omega-3s has shown to increase HDL cholesterol and decrease triglycerides.  One interesting study showed that Omega-3s reduced inflammation in chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Omega-3s should definitely be are part of our diet for us to live a healthy life.

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