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Diet

Understanding Triglycerides and What You Can Do to Keep Them in Check.

Written by OmegaXL on May 15, 2014

Simply put, triglycerides are the main form of fat found in the human body. Some triglycerides come from fats in the foods we eat. Others are made in our livers from excess carbohydrates. Triglycerides are broken down and burned as fuel in cells, or are stored in fat cells so they can be used for

How Junk Food Damages Your Brain

Written by OmegaXL on May 15, 2014

Garbage in, garbage out: how junk food can damage your brain, and what you can do about it. Decades of research show that eating junk food is harmful for a variety of reasons. Not only can junk food contribute to weight gain and disease, but it can also have negative effects on your brain. You

Weight Gain and Inflammation

Written by OmegaXL on May 15, 2014

Researchers are beginning to understand more about the link between inflammation and weight gain. Inflammation in the body caused by allergies, arthritis, or other conditions stimulates the adrenal glands to produce hormones that cause insulin levels to climb. The higher levels of insulin in the bloodstream signal the body to store fat. This isn’t good

Are Omega-3s Good For Kids?

Written by OmegaXL on May 15, 2014

By now you know of the many health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, their widespread deficiency in the American diet and your body’s need for them. Like many, you’ve added a few servings of fish to your diet and started taking a high quality omega-3 DHA and EPA supplement. Unfortunately, many Americans aren’t like you.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids And The Mediterranean Diet

Written by OmegaXL on May 15, 2014

Picture a dinner in Greece…family and friends gathered around an outdoor table, laughing and enjoying a beautiful spread of local produce, seafood and wine. As it turns out, science is confirming what Yiayia knew all along…in addition to being delicious and fresh, eating this way is good for your health. For eons, people throughout the

DHA in the Diet

Written by OmegaXL on May 12, 2014

Omega-3 fatty acids are now recognized as a valuable nutrient in a healthy diet. Omega-3s comprise a group of fats know as essential fatty acids (EFAs). These are termed “essential” because the body cannot synthesize them in adequate quantities, and they are vital for life. The three main Omega-3s are: Alpha linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic

What’s so Good About Fish Oil?

Written by OmegaXL on May 12, 2014

What’s so Good About Fish Oil? The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are known as “good fats.” They are vital for human health and well being, but the body can’t make them; you have to get them through diet or through supplementation. For decades research has indicated that, not only are fish oil

Omega-3 and Omega-6 Balance

Written by OmegaXL on May 9, 2014

Omega-3s and omega-6s are both important polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the diet. Because the Western diet is highly processed and thus saturated in omega-6 dense corn, wheat and oils, we consume far too many omega-6s. Health experts recommend that we should aim to improve our omega-3 to omega-6 balance by increasing omega-3 intake. The

Why is the American Diet Deficient in Omega 3 Fats?

Written by OmegaXL on May 9, 2014

Estimates in the US are that over 90 percent of adults are Omega-3 deficient. If you are a typical American, eating what has become a “typical American diet,” chances are you, and your family, are not getting enough essential Omega-3 fats. To wit, the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee stated that 70% of Americans