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Nutrition Facts

Paleo Diet

Written by OmegaXL on May 15, 2014

What is the Paleo Diet You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz lately about the Paleo Diet – a way of eating that mimics that of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. So what exactly is the Paleo Diet? When most of us see the word ‘diet’ we think about cutting calories and fat, but the Paleo Diet

The Skinny on the Fats We Eat

Written by OmegaXL on May 15, 2014

Sometimes dietary fat gets a bad rap, but the truth is we need fat to give us energy, help us build structures in the body, and absorb vitamins. In fact, there are some types of fat we literally can’t live without. The main way fats are classified is based on whether they are solid or

What is the Omega-3 Connection with Anti-Inflammation

Written by OmegaXL on May 15, 2014

Omega-3 has been shown to be an essential fat that is needed in the human diet. While it can be found in plants and nuts, animal sources such as fish oil are more potent. Often, other omegas are mentioned in conjunction with omega-3s. The most commonly known may be omega-6. This fat is found in

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 Is Fish Oil?

Written by OmegaXL on May 12, 2014

“Fish oil” is the common name for the polyunsaturated Omega-3 fats found in the tissue of cold-water fatty fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel, etc. Omega-3s are known as “essential fatty acids” (EFAs). These polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are essential because the body needs them, however cannot synthesize them in adequate quantities. Omega-3s must come

Alpha-Linolenic Acid and The Health Benefits

Written by OmegaXL on May 12, 2014

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is one of the three Omega-3 fats that are known as “essential fatty acids” (EFAs). These polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are essential because the body needs them, however cannot synthesize them in adequate quantities. These fats must come from an outside source, preferably your diet. Along with Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the other

Fish Oil: How Does It Work?

Written by OmegaXL on May 12, 2014

While several sources, such as flaxseeds, soybean oil and walnuts, contain omega-3, that fat comes in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is the chemical precursor to EPA and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid, which we discussed in a previous article about fish oils). The body must convert the ALA into the more