What’s better: Eating Fish or Taking Fish Oil Supplements?

A diet rich in fish WAS one of the best sources of Omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, known for their health benefits. Note that I said ‘WAS’ and not ‘IT IS’ since pollution and the contamination of our oceans with mercury, polycarbonate bisphenols (PBC) and other nuclear toxic waste become a big concern for our living environment, including marine life.

fishoil[1]By now, most of us are probably familiar with the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, (Eicosapentaenoic Acid – EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid – DHA) readily available from oily fish or fish oil such as: cod liver, herring, mackerel, salmon and sardine.

If you don’t, know much about the benefits of Omega-3, just consider the review done at the University of Maryland Medical Centre, that show the effectiveness of  Omega 3 fatty acids in combating high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease,  diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematous (SLE), osteoporosis, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cognitive decline, skin disorders, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), asthma, macular degeneration, menstrual pain, colon cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer, just to name a few.  The entire article can be founded at this link: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm

  • DHA is so important since is the primary structural component of the human brain and retina in the eye.
  • EPA become also essential to health because acts as a precursor for anti-inflammatory hormone-like substances that participate in a wide range of body functions such as the contraction and relaxation of smooth muscle, the dilation and constriction of blood vessels, control of blood pressure, and modulation of inflammation.

For general health it is recommended a minimum of 650 mg of combined EPA + DHA per day up to a safe limit of 3000 mg per day. But due to the increased level of bioaccumulation of toxins in the fish, the same health authorities recommend no more than 2 servings of fish per week, and if you are pregnant women you should avoid fish totally. And according to many environment agencies, the mercury contamination should be less than 0.5 microgram per kilogram of body weight. But this makes it difficult to get the recommended amount of omega-3s from diet alone without exposure to dangerous contaminants, which can affect our health.

515px-MercuryFoodChain-01[1]And as I mention on my previous article:  ‘Omega 3 Fish Oil and Inflammation’ (published March 17, 2014) mercury and PBC are neurotoxins which are hard to be eliminated from the body since  accumulates through the food chain in a process called bioaccumulation.

There is also a big concern about the purity and quality of the fish oil supplements as trace levels of PCBs were found in many product tested by Consumer Lab – a leading provider of independent product testing helping consumers and healthcare professionals make safe and knowledgeable purchasing decisions. Also the August 2012 Consumer Lab report on the quality of fish oil / omega-3 supplements revealed that some supplements exceeded contaminations limits for PCBs, while others contained 20% to 30% less than the claimed amounts of EPA, DHA or other omega-3 fatty acids. One softgel product contained spoiled fish oil, while an enteric-coated softgel (intended to reduce “fish burp”) released its fish oil too early.

 

USANA-BiOmega-352x198[1]This is why I recommend Biomega-3 from USANA Health Sciences. It has been thoroughly tested, evaluated and given the respected stamp of approval by ConsumerLab.com. USANA’s BiOmega contains 1050 mg of EPA+DHA (1200 total omega-3 fatty acids) in a daily dose of two gel caps and without contamination. Plus, with USANA’s BiOmega, you get some extra vitamin D, but without the fishy aftertaste due to the added lemon oil.

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Walnuts could be “Drugs” – Instead eat Frito Lay for Health

There are enough evidences on the health benefits of the phytonutrients found in walnuts, and their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Some phytonutrients found in walnuts such as the quinone juglone, are unique and not found in other commonly eaten foods. Other phytonutrients like the tannin tellimagrandin or the flavonol morin—are also rare and valuable as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. These anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytonutrients also help explain the decreased risk of certain cancers and their protective properties against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular problems, and type2 diabetes.

DiamondWalnutsOmega3Label2[1]But be careful how you legally promote the health benefits of walnuts, without getting in trouble with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).The FDA sent a warning letter to Diamond Foods telling them that the claims they were making for their walnuts place the walnuts into the category of “drug”. Based on the FDA review of the label and website of the “Diamond of California Shelled Walnuts” products, they have concluded that the walnut products sold by the company are in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act), because the walnuts are

“…promoted for conditions that cause them to be drugs because these products are intended for use in the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of disease…”

frito-lay-jump-r[1]Strange as it looks, the FDA has no problem with Frito-Lay® – a subsidiary of the Pepsi-Cola company – who sells $12 billion a year chips made products. Frito-Lay® made claims that their products are made with ingredients that help lower total and LDL “bad” cholesterol and maintain HDL “good” cholesterol levels, which can support a healthy heart. Even salt, according to Frito-Lay® website, when eaten in moderation as part of a balanced diet, is essential for the body.

What I see is that FDA allows Frito-Lay® to pretend there are heart health benefits in ingesting fat-calories and loaded fried carbohydrates, while censoring the ability of walnut companies to make some scientifically-proved claims.

acrylamide_foods[1]And beside “healthy chips”  don’t forget the acrylamides formed when carbohydrate foods such potatoes are fried at high temperatures in sunflower oils to make potato chips,  increases the risk of cancers of the large bowel, bladder, or kidney.

This is how food business and unscrupulous people in search for profit, are getting advantage of many people’s ignorance.

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Sources:

  • http://www.fda.gov/iceci/enforcementactions/warningletters/ucm202825.htm
  • http://www.fritolay.com/your-health/whats-in-our-snacks.html
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2376776/?tool=pmcentrez

‘The Best Kept Secret of Elite Athletes’

Are you an athlete? Are you a health conscious athlete? Then you should consider what elite athletes do to prepare for their next competition, fight, match, or race. It’s no surprise that athletes dedicate their lives to improving in their select sport, and some of them keep the same secret about how they maintain their performances at top level.

A recent press release ‘The Best Kept Secret Of Elite Athletes’ was published on PR Newswire – on March 25, 2014, and revealed some secrets related to their training and recovery. It’s USANA Health Sciences a world leader in nutritional science. But what’s so special about USANA? What makes USANA Health Sciences the ultimate choice for elite athletes?

A Million Dollar Athlete Guarantee Program!

We all know (and particularly if you are a top athlete) that we need a clean diet and specific nutritional supplements for fast recovery and regeneration after intensive trainings. And everyone wants to use product with a guarantee. Athletes can find their careers in danger if they test positive for a banned substance. That’s why USANA created the Athlete Guarantee Program, specifically designed for any participating Team USANA Athlete who needs uncompromising guarantee that they will not test positive for a banned substance as a result of taking USANA’s nutritional products.But how many companies will give an athlete up to one million dollars if they test positive for a banned substance as a result of taking its products? The answer: Only Usana Health Sciences.

0[1]On my previous article posted on March 9 2004, and titled ‘Team USANA Great Performance @ Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics’ I revealed that recently, nearly 200 sponsored athletes competed in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games with unprecedented results. If Team USANA was a country, it would have placed second in the overall medal standing with a record 30 podium appearances – 13 gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze – and tied with Russia for the most gold hardware of the Winter Olympic Games. In fact more than 600 elite athletes are using USANA nutritional products. You don’t have to take my words but read some testimonials:

“We put our money where our mouth is with our Athlete Guarantee Program. We are not aware of any other supplement company that offers this kind of guarantee, and we have never had an issue. In fact, in 21 years of doing business, we have never had a single product recall.” —Brian Dixon, Ph.D., USANA’s executive director of scientific and clinical affairs

Timothy Bradley, Manny PacquiaoIn fact world boxing champions Timothy Bradley and Manny Paquiao, are both using USANA Health Sciences Nutritional supplements, with great confidence.

Do they need an Athlete Guaranteed Program? Think about how much is worth their fights? Probably million of dollars. Would they compromise themselves by using USANA’S nutritional supplements? I don’t think so.

“USANA’s the best. Hands down. USANA products are products I trust and believe in. They completely changed my life. I’ve been taking them for four years now. In those four years I captured four world championships, baby.” —Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr., current WBO welterweight champion

Also, this guarantee, along with several other factors, is a cornerstone to USANA’s successful relationship with the Women’s Tennis Association – which was just renewed for another three years – as well as other top-notch athletic organizations.

2012 US Open - Day 3In fact, this guarantee, along with several other factors, is a cornerstone to USANA’s successful relationship with the Women’s Tennis Association – which was just renewed for another three years – as well as other top-notch athletic organizations.

“I can trust USANA’s products because I know what I’m taking are safe and pure. I’m thankful for our strong partnership and am proud to be one of the 600-plus elite athletes around the world who trust their health to USANA.” —Sam Stosur, WTA star and USANA brand ambassador

 

NSF Certification

nsf[1]NSF International is an independent organization that helps protect consumers by certifying products and establishing standards for food, water, and consumer goods. Six of USANA’s world-class products have been validated through NSF International’s Certified for Sport™ program: Chelated Mineral, Mega Antioxidant, Active Calcium™, Procosa®, Proflavanol® C100 and SportsPak. Athletes all over the world have taken notice.

“Jumping is 80 percent mental and 20 percent physical. It’s one of the hardest sports because of how fast and precise it is. I spend three days a week in the gym working on strength training and six days a week in all training. Keeping healthy all around is vital, and I am thankful to have USANA and its products as part of my routine.” —Sarah Hendrickson, Women’s Ski Jumping team member

FDA Drug Establishment and Good Manufacturing Practices

To ensure the company’s products are safe and effective for all customers—including both the professional athlete and the weekend warrior – USANA voluntarily patterns their facility after the more stringent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Good Manufacturing Practices for pharmaceuticals as the basis for its quality assurance program, which regulates virtually every aspect of manufacturing. In addition, USANA has acquired Drug Establishment Registration with the FDA, which means USANA operates an FDA-registered facility and follows the FDA’s highest possible standard for manufacturers. This gives the multi-million dollar company the option to produce over-the-counter (OTC) drugs while holding it to a quality standard well above what is required of a typical dietary supplement manufacturer.

“Few companies voluntarily submit themselves to increased scrutiny, but since we operate in 19 countries including Australia, where dietary supplements are highly regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), our base manufacturing standards are extremely high. Manufacturing most of our products in-house helps further assure our product users of their quality.” – Dave Wentz, USANA Chief Executive Officer

Personalization

USANA’s central focus is personalization. All athletes are given the option to purchase USANA’s My HealthPak, SportsPak, which is NSF Certified for Sport and comprised of products perfect for the everyday athlete and the elite athlete. Taking commitment to personalization one step further, the launch of USANA’s True Health Assessment revolutionized the way the company’s consumers saw and purchased nutritional products. The Assessment asks the user a variety of health-related questions and provides a personalized list of nutritional recommendations based on their answers. No matter what their needs—whether they’re an elite athlete or a stay-at-home mom—USANA has the right fit for everyone.

About USANA

Founded in 1992, USANA Health Sciences (NYSE: USNA) is a U.S.-based nutritional company that manufactures high-quality supplements, personal care and energy products in its FDA Drug Establishment in Salt Lake City. Learn more about USANA and complete your FREE True Health Assessment by visiting my website: http://www.mariofit.usana.com.

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PR Newswire is the authoritative source of news and information for leading global media organizations. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/7143551-usana-health-sciences-best-kept-secret-of-elite-athletes. (SALT LAKE CITY, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — (NYSE: USNA)