omega-3

  1. Omega-3 fatty acids protect the brain

    There’s something REALLY fishy going on right now

    If you love fresh seafood as much as I do, then this month is practically Christmas all over again.

    It's the most wonderful time of the year... for salmon!

    Alaska's salmon season has officially kicked in, which means you'll find fresh, wild-caught fish in your local supermarket. And while just about every type of wild salmon is delicious, my favorite is king salmon.

    It's not just bigger, meatier, and tastier.

    King salmon also has the highest levels of essential omega-3 fatty acids, and new research shows one great reason to load up on this stuff while you can.

    It can save your brain!

    We already know how omega-3 fatty acids can help thin the blood so it flows better. And, of course, these essential oils are also great for boosting mood and memory.

    But the new study takes it to the next level.

    It shows what happens inside the brain itself when you get the omega-3s you need for good health.

    You get an incredible circulation boost, especially in three of the most important regions of your noggin when it comes to learning, mood, and memory.

    Specifically, folks with higher omega-3 levels have better blood flow in an area called the "right parahippocampal gyrus."

    That's not exactly a name that gets tossed around at the water cooler.

    But if you DID happen to know that word already, that's exactly the part of the brain you'd rely on to pull it out of your mind and into your mouth to impress your buddies.

    And that's not all.

    The study finds high omega-3s also boost the "right precuneus," where your episodic memory lives.

    That's your ability to remember the "five w's" -- or, the who, what, where, when, and why. It's things you've done, and things that have happened to you.

    High omega-3s even increase blood flow to the "vermis subregion," which is associated with posture and movement.

    How's all that for a mouthful?!

    But here's what may be the most important part of the study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: These folks weren't taking supplements or put onto special diets to increase their omega-3 levels.

    Some simply had naturally higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids -- almost certainly from eating more fatty fish -- while others didn't.

    It shows how the everyday decisions you make about what's on your dinner plate can have a direct effect on your mood and memory... and even play a key role in what disease risks you could face.

    So, eat fatty fish as often as you can, especially this time of year with high-quality salmon so plentiful in the supermarkets.

    And just to make sure you're covered, be sure to consider an omega-3 supplement as well.

  2. Bogus omega-3 supplements headed to shelves

    New scam takes the “fish” out of “fish oil”

    Watch out, folks!

    Always read EVERY ingredient panel carefully, and not just when it comes to your food.

    Keep an eye on your vitamins, too!

    Omega-3 fatty acids are now among the best-selling supplements in the country and in many places around the world... and it's great that so many people are taking such an active interest in their health.

    But it's about to become a victim of its own success.

    An alarming new report finds that there are literally not enough fish in the sea to meet the expected demand for fish oil supplements -- so they're going to start cooking up omega-3 supplements from OTHER sources.

    And they're turning to a terrifying "FRANKEN-FOOD."

    Farmers are right now being paid big money to plant millions of acres of a special form of canola that's genetically modified to have high omega-3 content.

    And if all goes to plan, this bogus fatty acid with unknown consequences could soon dominate the market.

    Reuters reports that industrial agricultural conglomerate Cargill is paying Montana farmers to convert half a million acres over to this GMO canola.

    That's EIGHT TIMES the amount of canola currently produced in the state!

    It's so much canola that the company believes the coming Montana supply alone could produce 159,000 tons of oil -- or the equivalent of one-fifth of the entire global fish oil market right now.

    And that's just one company.

    Dow Chemical is also creating its own canola for omega-3 fatty acids, which it plans to grow in Canada.

    You can bet others will want on in this act, too, and it's going to transform the supplement aisle in ways that may not be obvious.

    Will shoppers really notice if more omega-3 supplements DON'T have the words "fish oil" listed on the front?

    Probably not.

    The key here is to be a smart consumer and read those labels carefully to make sure your omega-3s are coming from honest-to-goodness fish and not some genetically modified monstrosity.

    And since you already have your reading glasses out, check the labels for something else, too... because while you want your omega-3s to come from fish oil, not all fish oil is omega-3.

    Some of them promise "1,000 MG OF FISH OIL" on the front -- but if you flip it over to the back, you'll see very low levels of the omega-3 fatty acids you're looking for.

    So, read the labels closely, and make sure it contains high levels specifically of DHA and EPA.

    And be sure to check the serving size, as some will require that you swallow more than one capsule to get the amounts on the label.

  3. Olive oil benefits vs. fish oil benefits

    A new study claims to find no benefit for fish oil -- but that's only thanks to some shady research tricks. Get the real story here.
  4. How fish oil can stop oxidative stress

    The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can give the brain the power it needs to fight the oxidative stress that can lead to dementia.
  5. Chia seed is rich in the essential fatty acid ALA

    Chia seed is an excellent source of the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) your body needs

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