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Could widespread omega-3 levels be putting American hearts at risk?

About 95% of Americans may have sub-optimal levels of omega-3s that put them at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, says a new study. Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey indicated that 95.7% of a nationally representative sample of Americans has an omega-3 index – a quantification of the fatty acid status of a person – below 4%, reported to be a high risk indicator for coronary heart disease. “Suboptimal [long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (LCn-3 PUFA)] concentrations are common among U.S. adults despite repeated emphasis on increasing seafood consumption,” wrote the researchers in Nutrients . “Hispanic individuals and...

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7 Reasons You Need Probiotics

Do you suffer from a weakened immune system? Rheumatoid arthritis? GI issues, or Skin conditions?   We often hear the term “probiotic,” especially when it comes to yogurt and its impact on digestive health, and science is continually finding new health benefits of probiotics. To help you sort through the facts, here are 7 proven benefits of probiotics, and how to get more of them in our diets.   What are probiotics, and how are they helpful? Also referred to as “good bacteria,” probiotics are live microorganisms that exist naturally in the gut. Probiotics alter the permeability of the intestinal wall, and...

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The Low Testosterone Problem

It’s no secret, that as we age us males are in continual decline with our Testosterone (T) levels. By age 50, we can have 15-220 % lower T levels than we did at age 30. This is why we see the emergence of prescription medications that address low T. Below is a chart that shows the level of normal T that a male would expect to have at different ages. According to the Mayo Clinic, testosterone levels are at their highest during adolescence and early adulthood, with the decline starting at age 30. Interestingly, there is additional research that points...

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More Fruits, Veggies May Cut Stroke Risk Worldwide

May 13, 2014 American Heart Association Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of stroke worldwide, according to new research. Researchers found that stroke risk decreased by 32 percent with every 200 grams of fruit consumed daily and 11 percent with every 200 grams of vegetables consumed daily. The findings came from a compilation of 20 studies published in the last 19 years, providing data from 760,629 men and women who had 16,981 strokes. “Improving diet and lifestyle is critical for heart and stroke risk reduction in the general population,” said Yan Qu, M.D., the study’s senior author,...

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Omega-3 Based Nutraceutical Blend May Ease Dry Eye Symptoms

A combination of omega-3s and antioxidants may significantly reduce dry eye symptoms, including ‘scratchy’ eyes, eye redness, and blurry vision, according to a new study. Dry eye syndrome, is a condition where the eyes do not make enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly. This produces dry eyes and increases the risk of inflammation. The prevalence of dry eye can reportedly be up to 30% in people aged 50 y and older. In a new study with 905 people with dry eye syndrome, daily use of 1050 mg DHA/125 mg EPA + 80 mg vitamin C + 5 mg...

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