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Health Benefits of Oceans 3 Omega Fish Oil

Garden of Life’s Oceans 3

Some of the health-giving attributes of the omega-3 fatty acids as found in Garden of Life’s Oceans 3 include the
following: regulation of inflammation, alleviation of pain, prevention
of excessive blood clotting, maintenance of the integrity of cell
membranes, reduction in elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, optimal
fetal development, reduced cardiovascular risk factors, anti-cancer
properties, better cognitive function, reduced incidence of depression,
among many others.

The way that omega-3′s produce their health-giving effects is through
the conversion of a substance called eicosapentaenioc acid (EPA) into
eicosanoids. Specific eicosanoids, known as prostaglandins and
leukotrienes are ultimately responsible for the beneficial effects. Again, the health-promoting biochemicals that are produced from omega
3′s originate directly from EPA. For this reason supplementing with fish oil such as Garden of Life’s Oceans 3 is the best way to receive the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids from Fish or Vegetable Source?

Fish oil such as Garden of Life’s Oceans 3 fats
contain EPA in them naturally. On the other hand, vegetarian sources of
omega-3 fats do not actually contain EPA. Instead the body must convert
the components contained in those (vegetarian) sources into EPA. Here is
an example of how it works. Flax oil contains something called
alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which then needs to be converted to
stearidonic acid. Stearidonic acid then gets converted to
eicosatetraenioc acid, which then finally gets converted into EPA. Then
of course, the EPA gets converted into the beneficial eicosanoids.
Remember, these eicosanoids (certain prostaglandins and leukotrienes)
are the biochemicals that exert the anti-inflammatory, etc. responses
that we hope to achieve from ingesting the omega-3′s in the first place.

What’s the Problem?

The problem is with having to make all these conversions
(ALA to EPA to prostaglandins) is that those processes can be impeded
by various things. Essentially the main issue arises in the initial
conversion of ALA. This step will be impeded or blocked in the presence
of alcohol, trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils), and/or
deficiencies in vitamin B6, magnesium, and/or zinc. Considering that
magnesium and zinc tend to be the most deficient minerals in people,
it’s quite probable that many people are not reaping the full benefits
of omega 3′s from vegetarian sources. Fish oil on the other hand
such as Garden of Life’s Oceans 3 already contains EPA, and therefore does not require the conversions
that vegetarian sources do. As a result, one is much more likely to
benefit from taking fish oil.

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Vitamin D for the Winter

 Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin most known for its role in maintaining proper bone health and density.  It is a necessary nutrient produced in the body through the skin’s exposure to the sun.  General daily sun exposure is usually enough to maintain healthy levels of this vitamin.  In winter when the sun is not in the sky as much and we are not outside as much using vitamin D supplements may be an option.

                                                                                      
Why is Vitamin D so important?

Because it has a positive affect on:

  • Heart Health
  • Immune system function
  • Bone Health
  • Calcium uptake
  • Integumentary System 
  • Mood

Over the past few years researchers have discovered Vitamin D has a wide range of health benefits, some of which are listed above.  Its role of maintaining a healthy immune system is what I want to talk address now as we are headed into the winter.   Commonly during winter there is a rise in colds and the flu, which makes it a good time to do what we can to stay healthy.   Knowing that Vitamin D can play a role is promising because we need it anyway for general health.  So making sure we get enough of it now may help us stave off the common cold or something more serious. 

Recent Study*

A study in Japan on vitamin D3 and bone density found that subjects taking the  supplement were three times less likely to report cold and flu symptoms.  These unintended findings led to more research. Further research was conducted and the findings indicated that subjects using a 1,200 of D3 were 58% less likely to catch influenza A.  The study included 334 subjects half received a placebo and half received Vitamin D3 1,200 units a day.  Out of these two groups 31 people in the placebo group caught influenza A and out of the group who supplemented with D3, 18 subjects caught influenza A.

Safety and Food Sources
Vitamin D is relatively safe, toxicity beginning to occour at around 50,000 IU’s a day.
Food sources of Vitamin D include fatty fish:

  • mackerel
  • sardines
  • salmon 
  • anchovies 

Many foods are also enriched with Vitamin D including milk and orange juice; egg yolks are also a good source of Vitamin D.  If you look to eggs for this nutrient and other nutrients it is best to source eggs from local chickens who have time in the yard to feed on insects and who receive healthy feed.

The Linus Pauling Institute at the University of Oregon is a great source for scientifically detailed information on Vitamin D and its benefits.

Another Excellent Source of Vitamin D is Fermented Cod Liver Oil.


 * American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, online March 10, 2010.

This blog is for informational purposes only.  It is not medical advice and is not intended to substitute medical advice from your doctor.  You should not use the information in this blog for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment.