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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Why (and how) To Get Your Omega-3s

Written by Tena Moore



You’ve probably heard quite a bit about omega-3s and how great they are for your health, but do you know why omega-3s are getting so much attention from the medical community? The main reason that you need your omega-3s is because they act as a natural anti-inflammatory. Many diseases and unhealthy conditions are caused by - or are agitated and made worse by - inflammation in the body. Eating or taking supplements of omega-3s can help reduce this inflammation and decrease the chance of many diseases and conditions, from diabetes, coronary heart disease, and cancers, to hardening of the arteries, chest pain and even depression.

If you are not a vegetarian, the best way to get omega-3s is by eating coldwater fatty fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines, cod, and herring. If you are vegetarian or do not like fish you can still get your omega-3s by adding flaxseed to your diet. Flaxseed has a nutty flavor and can be eaten ground or as an oil. Ground flaxseed is great on hot cereals, in soups, and even sprinkled on salads. Flaxseed oil can be also be added to hot cereals, and can replace butter on your toast. You can also simply take a spoonful of flaxseed oil a day, or buy supplements at your local health food store.




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Monday, December 8, 2008

Lowering Cholesterol With Food and Statins

A new 1.9 year study involving 18,000 healthy subjects found that Crestor, a statin produced by Astra-Zeneca, may be able to help prevent strokes, heart attack and cardiovascular deaths in those with normal cholesterol, but high levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) – a heart risk marker.

A handful of other unrelated studies took a look at alternative choices to help reduce cardiovascular events, and found that Omega-3s and rest yeast rice were of use as well. One study was conducted in Malaysia, involving 2,000 people over a two-year span, another was conducted in Japan and involved over 18,000 people.

The following article outlines the details of these studies and looks at the fact that nearly half of those who experience stroke and heart attack are at the normal cholesterol level, but tend to have high levels of hsCRP. Read this enlightening article to find out the newest research on cardiovascular health.

Statins lower cholesterol, so do omega-3 and red yeast rice

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