Omega 3's... Fish Oil, and DHA...

Written by Warren Matthews

Overrepparttar last year there has been considerable publicity aboutrepparttar 146522 benefits of Omega 3's. Most of which is true and some of which is not. There is no doubt that Omega 3's can not only help your heart and joints but it will also help your brain. Most people are aware of this, but dorepparttar 146523 benefits of Omega 3's apply acrossrepparttar 146524 board for all types of Omega 3's? There are now many Companies inrepparttar 146525 world market today trying to capitalize onrepparttar 146526 Omega 3 'boom' with such a wide range of products and so many claims that it is hard forrepparttar 146527 consumer to sift out fact from fiction. The purpose of today's newsletter is to try and concisely as possible give yourepparttar 146528 facts about Omega 3. I will try to explainrepparttar 146529 most important ones by dealing with each of them individually. Important Point # 1 Your prime objective for consuming Omega 3 should be to get DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) into your body. The scientific evidence supportingrepparttar 146530 benefits of DHA is now overwhelming. It is much more important than EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) which is repparttar 146531 major Omega 3 component of most fish oils.

Important Point # 2

Not all Omega 3's will provide you with DHA and EPA. This is because these essential fatty acids are not present in a lot of Omega 3 products. For example, ground flax seed is an excellent oil for certain uses and contains Omega 3's but does not actually contain any DHA or EPA at all. Instead it contains alpha linolenic acid which your body has to convert to DHA and EPA. In many people, particularlyrepparttar 146532 elderly this conversion process is very inefficient. To give you an idea, it is estimated that most adults would have to consume 10 - 40 grams of flaxseed oil to produce just 0.2 grams of DHA. So, if you want to getrepparttar 146533 proven benefits of DHA don't rely on getting your Omega 3's from vegetable oils such as flaxseed. Note: There is however now some products being produced from algae which contain good levels of DHA and do not requirerepparttar 146534 body to convertrepparttar 146535 ALA torepparttar 146536 DHA. But, they are still not readily available and they are expensive. Important Point # 3

The best source of DHA is from fish oil. However, there are some drawbacks with many fish oils: 1. The amount of DHA is low in most fish oils. A typical level is 12% DHA and 18% EPA. The popular 'salmon' oils (which are not really salmon) are usually ofrepparttar 146537 12/18 type. 2. Many oils onrepparttar 146538 market today are from questionable sources and some have high levels of heavy metals or other contaminants such as PCB's. To ensure that you don't ingest these contaminants, either use oils which have been molecularly distilled, or are from impeccable sources with a reliable certificate of analysis. This basically rules out any oil which is processed from fish caught inrepparttar 146539 Northern Hemisphere. 3. Most fish oils are ofrepparttar 146540 triglyceride form which does not easily pass throughrepparttar 146541 cell membranes. (More on this later) Important Point # 4

How To Get Started With Exercise: The Magic Pill Of Your Weight Loss Program

Written by Jimmie Newell

In a previous article, I mentionedrepparttar weight loss mantra of "Eat Less... Move More" and I wrote about how to chooserepparttar 146521 diet plan that could help you eat less. In this article I will discussrepparttar 146522 "move more" part ofrepparttar 146523 equation.

Starting and maintaining an adequate exercise program really isrepparttar 146524 "magic pill' which will jump start your weight loss program and make it easy to maintain your new weight after you reach your goal.

If you are not exercising on a regular basis, check with your Doctor first, he or she can give you guidance on what types of exercise would be safe for you to start with. Start small, doing just a little is far better that doing nothing.

Almost without fail, those who lose weight without including exercise, take a lot longer to reach their goal, they are alsorepparttar 146525 ones most likely to regain all ofrepparttar 146526 weight they lost and possibly even more.

What arerepparttar 146527 excuses for not exercising?

Can't afford expensive equipment... there are many exercises that require no equipment.

Can't afford to join health club... there are many exercises that do not require belonging to a health club.

Don't have time...y ou can exercise in small time increments, as little as 5 minutes at a time, 5 or 6 times a day, while notrepparttar 146528 preferred method, can still be effective.

Possiblyrepparttar 146529 easiest, least expensive and one ofrepparttar 146530 most effective exercise programs is simply walking. Nature gave us all ofrepparttar 146531 equipment we need, all you need to add is a good pair of walking shoes, andrepparttar 146532 determination to improve your health. You don't have to start with a long walk or a fast walk. If you are not walking now, no matter how much you start with will be more than you were doing. If you are really out of shape, maybe only 5 minutes is all you can do at once, that's okay, do 5 minutes today, 6 minutesrepparttar 146533 next day and so on.

Here are some easy ways to start walking more, without thinking about it:

Park atrepparttar 146534 back ofrepparttar 146535 mall parking lot. Park a few blocks away from work, or get offrepparttar 146536 bus a few stops early.

Userepparttar 146537 stairs instead ofrepparttar 146538 elevator or escalator. You should shoot for 20-30 minutes as a minimum and really as long as you have time for. You should try to get up to about a mile in twenty minutes, this will be brisk enough to get you breathing faster and start burning calories. if you can't carry on a conversation, you are walking too fast.

Here are some ofrepparttar 146539 health benefits that a walking program can deliver:

Walking conditions your heart and lungs, helps your body use oxygen efficiently. Helps reduce weight by burning fat and building muscle. Burns almost as many calories as running, but is much lower impact, therefore it is much easier on muscles and joints. Helps relieve stress, contributes to better sleep and overall wellness. Boastsrepparttar 146540 lowest drop out rate of any form of exercise, you are more likely to stick with it.

If you find that you get bored with walking, make a game out of it... how far is it torepparttar 146541 next city or town from you? Keep a mileage log, when you have walked that distance mark it off on a map, byrepparttar 146542 time you get all ofrepparttar 146543 way acrossrepparttar 146544 your country, you will probably have reached your weight loss goal, and be much healthier to boot. Listen to music orrepparttar 146545 news as you walk. Ifrepparttar 146546 weather gets cold where you live you may want to invest in a tread mill.

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