Omega-3 fatty acids are types of polyunsaturated fats. They have gained a lot of attention because of their many health benefits such as heart health, lowering triglycerides and their effect on brain, nerve and eye development in children of pregnant and breastfeeding women. There is also ongoing research to determine the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis; cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia; mental health disorders including depression and anxiety; and certain types of cancer, however this is not yet conclusive.
There are 3 types of omega-3 fatty acids: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexanoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
Our bodies do not produce these omega-3 fatty acids, so it is essential to get them through diet or a supplement.
Fatty fish such as, salmon, mackerel, herring, trout, sardines and arctic char are great sources of the most beneficial ty...
It's that time of year again when everyone around us is sniffing, sneezing and coughing. If only there was a cure for the common cold! Many people I know tell me that they are taking a vitamin C supplement daily in excess of 1000 mg with the hopes of preventing the common cold.
I have some good news and some bad news to share. Research shows that taking approximately 200 mg or more of vitamin C daily does not prevent the common cold in the general population, but it may slightly reduce the duration and severity of symptoms in those individuals who take it regularly, once they get a cold.
It's a different story however, in athletes or people experiencing extreme physical stress. For these individuals, daily vitamin C consumption of 200 mg or more may reduce the incidence of colds by as much as 50%.
The usual daily recommended intake of vitamin C for adults is 75 mg/day for females and 90 mg/day for males. Smokers need an extra 35 mg of vitamin C per day....