The Truth About Omega 3

Written by David McEvoy

Since Dr Basant Puri, a consultant psychiatrist and senior lecturer at London's Imperial College MRI unit, released his findings on Omega 3 and its effect on brain function and depression, many studies have been performed regardingrepparttar beneficial effects this fatty acid. Studies overrepparttar 139065 past two years have consistently confirmed that Omega 3, a substance lacking in today’s “diet” is a key component inrepparttar 139066 brain’s development and proper functioning.

The notion that Omega 3 was linked to depression and other mental illnesses came about based on studies conducted at Harvard University in 1999 on people with bipolar and a 1996 study byrepparttar 139067 Journal ofrepparttar 139068 American Medical Association studyingrepparttar 139069 prevalence of depression across ten countries. The Harvard study found that fish oil was an effective treatment for bipolar. The study conducted byrepparttar 139070 Journal ofrepparttar 139071 American Medical Association was expanded upon in 1998 when it was discovered that depression was lower in countries that consumed higher levels of fish.

Omega 3 As Part Of A Healthy Diet

Omega 3 is a substance found most commonly in fatty fish such as fresh salmon, tuna, mackerel, pilchards and sardines. Overrepparttar 139072 last 100 yearsrepparttar 139073 western diet has shifted radically to include far less fish and thusrepparttar 139074 Omega 3 fatty acid. Duringrepparttar 139075 same time depression is estimated to have increased up to 100 fold.

To maintain ideal health,repparttar 139076 average person should consume five grams daily of essential fatty acids (divided between Omega 3 and Omega 6). As this is not likely to change at any point inrepparttar 139077 near future some recommendations have been laid out for those who choose to take Omega 3 supplements. These recommendations will be listed further below inrepparttar 139078 section titled, “Omega 3 Supplements”.

Omega 3 And The Brain

Whilerepparttar 139079 benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids can be noticed on many levels,repparttar 139080 biggest breakthroughs documented have occurred in improved mental functions and health. Omega 3 has been reported to be effective inrepparttar 139081 treatment of depression. Numerous studies have indicated that during double-blind tests, patients suffering from depression who take Omega 3 over a placebo report significant benefits.

Similar results have been reported inrepparttar 139082 treatment of bipolar and schizophrenia. There are theories that Omega 3 could be used to treat other mental conditions such as attention deficit disorder, borderline personality disorder, dyslexia and cognitive impairment however atrepparttar 139083 time of this writing these beliefs are unsubstantiated by anything more than preliminary data.

Omega 3 And The Body

The main reported benefits of Omega 3 forrepparttar 139084 body occur inrepparttar 139085 heart. The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish at least twice per week in order to reducerepparttar 139086 likelihood of heart disease.

Lower Back Extension Exercise

Written by Peter Kudlacz

This is an excellent exercise forrepparttar lower back that is very simple to perform. This exercise requires no equipment and it can be performed almost anywhere, even at your office. Many people neglect to do exercises that focus on your lower back. Your lower back, Erector Spinae, supports your upper body and affects almost every sport and every day activity that you do. It is important that you exercise this part ofrepparttar 139008 body. The lower back extension is probablyrepparttar 139009 best exercise for strengthening your lower back as well as eliminating or preventing lower back pain.

If you sit on a chair all day, you may be experiencing tight or sore back muscles. To eliminate these nagging minor pains, perform this exercise 2-3 times per week consisting of 2 sets of 15 repetitions. This is an exercise also recommended by chiropractors and doctors. I've also seen variations of this exercise done in Pilates and Yoga. If you do constantly have back pains, it is advisable that you consult with your doctor before attempting this exercise.

Method of Performance

Lie down on a mat or carpet with

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