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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

Pain Relief From Fish Oil?

Written by OmegaXL on May 9, 2014

Can fish oil relieve pain? Fish oil actually can help relieve certain kinds of pain. Considering the number of people in America who are suffering from some form of pain, if fish oil can have a beneficial effect, it would help a great many people. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), an

Pain Relief with OmegaXL

Written by OmegaXL on May 9, 2014

Noted authority on women’s diet and health issues, Nikki Haskell is hosting a star-studded round table discussion speaking out about inflammation – a damaging condition that affects millions of individuals around the world daily. Pain Relief with Omega XL, airing mid-April, will include Supermodel Beverly Johnson, pop icon Taylor Dayne, celebrated legal authority Rikki Klieman

Omega 3 Fish Oil and Joint Health

Written by OmegaXL on May 9, 2014

Omega-3 essential fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) possess novel anti-inflammatory compounds, such as resolvins and protectins. Because they contain these compounds, DHA and EPA can be considered natural anti-inflammatory. Their anti-inflammatory effect has been shown to contribute to reduce pain and joint conditions due to inflammation. While joint pain is a

What is Bioavailability

Written by OmegaXL on May 9, 2014

Bioavailability describes the difference between how much of a substance (drug, herb, or chemical), entering the body is actually absorbed and available to various tissues or to metabolism. In other words, bioavailability accounts for the difference between exposure and effective dose. A drug’s therapeutic action or a chemical’s toxicity is determined by the dose received

Are Fish Oil Supplements Safer Than Eating Fish?

Written by OmegaXL on May 9, 2014

The American Heart Association currently recommends that healthy adults eat fish (particularly fatty cold water fish) at least 2 times a week. The FDA recommends that consumers not exceed more than a total of 3 grams per day of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids, with no more than 2 grams per day from a

Too much EPA/DHA

Written by OmegaXL on May 9, 2014

The FDA recommends that consumers not exceed more than a total of 3 grams per day of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids, not exceeding more than 2 grams per day from a dietary supplement. However, according to some researchers, one would need up to 20 grams of standardized fish oil to achieve a therapeutic

Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fats – Balancing for Your Health

Written by OmegaXL on May 9, 2014

There is plenty of good science out there suggesting we should be adding omega-3 fats to our diets. The American Heart Association tells us that cold-water fish, such as wild caught salmon, is the preferred source of Omega-3 fats because it has the greatest concentrations of DHA and EPA. While some popular plant-based sources of

What is DHA, or Docosahexaeonic Acid?

Written by OmegaXL on May 9, 2014

DHAis the acronym for docosahexaenoic acid, a long-chain fatty acid, which belongs to the Omega-3 fatty acid family. Omega-3s are termed “essential” because they are essential for human life and the body cannot make them in adequate quantities. We must get them from outside sources, ideally from the food supply. The 3 main forms of

Exercise to Ease Joint Pain

Written by OmegaXL on May 9, 2014

Certain joint pain occurs when the cartilage that protects the ends of your bones wears away, causing the bones in the affected joints to rub together. This rubbing can cause pain, swelling and a lack of movement in the affected joint. This particular degenerative joint condition has no cure, but including daily exercise in your