Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Omega 3's


I often recommend to my clients to take Omega 3 Fatty Acids. I thinik there are many brands out there but this one has the correct ratio and a decent price. I recommend you take 1-2 pills a day. I personally take about 3-6 but I really think with all the exercise I do (and you now) that our bodies require more.
Why?
It's magical! Ok... that's obviously an exaggeration, but from all of the scientific studies done and all of the medical research known, an omega 3 fish oil supplement is my pick for the closest thing to a real life miracle pill.
Let's take a look at some of its benefits taken directly from MedlinePlus, which is a service of the US National Library of Medicine: - lowers blood triglyceride levels
- reduces the risk of heart attack
- reduces the risk of dangerous abnormal heart rhythms
- reduces the risk of strokes
- slows the buildup of atherosclerotic plaques
- lowers blood pressure
- reduces stiffness and joint tenderness associated with Rheumatoid arthritis An omega 3 fish oil supplement may also help improve or prevent the following: - Alzheimer's disease and dementia
- depression
- heart disease
- cancer
- arthritis
- diabetes
- hyperactivity
- ADHD It has also been shown to improve a person's ability to concentrate and just think clearer in general. And, as if all of this isn't enough, fish oil is also highly recommended by nearly every well respected strength and conditioning coach, trainer, and diet/fitness/nutrition expert of any kind as one of the few supplements that should be taken by anyone with the goal of building muscle, losing fat, or improving their fitness level or athletic ability in any capacity. Everything mentioned above has at least some amount actual scientific proof behind it. Researching some other sources showed me that some people experienced other benefits not mentioned above. For example, I've heard of people claiming to have improved vision, improved memory, improved mood, and less back pain. Long story short, a fish oil supplement appears to improve our body's ability to do damn near everything. For me personally, I feel I experienced some of the mental and physical benefits. I noticed a definite improvement in mental clarity and really just the way I feel in general. Now, I didn't develop any kind of super powers or anything, but after a couple of weeks, I felt like I noticed a difference. I remember reading the phrase "an enhanced well being" when doing my fish oil research. That's a really good way of describing it. And physically, I feel I noticed an improved calorie partitioning effect, meaning when consuming an excess of calories, more calories went towards the building of new muscle rather than the storing of new fat. I also felt a similar effect when in a caloric deficit, meaning my body did a better job of using stored body fat for energy rather than muscle. Basically, I felt I did indeed experience an overall improvement both physically and mentally.
But really, even if I felt exactly 100% the same, I'd still be taking an omega 3 fish oil supplement anyway. Why? Because even if I didn't notice any of its benefits, the fact that there is actual scientific proof that it may help improve or prevent even 1 (let alone all) of the diseases and disorders listed above is MORE than enough convincing for me.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome post. The 'enhanced well being' is probably the best way I've heard it put. It's amazing how hard it really is to put it into words! I like to describe the energy that I feel as a 'sustained energy throughout the day'.

    As a Distributor for a plant based Omega 3 (with the best ratio of 3s to 6s), I am amazed at how many people don't take anything for Omega3's and refuse to take anything! The research and publicity is overwhelming.

    Have a great day!

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