The inflammation-fighting effects of omega-3 fatty acids Written by Ruth Bird
I came across this information while researching Omega 3. "News release, American College of Cardiology" The inflammation-fighting effects of omega-3 fatty acids may be key behind fishís heart-healthy benefits, according to a new study.
Dr. Barry Sears has been writing about this very topic for years.
Researchers found inflammation markers, such as C-reactive protein and others, were up to a third lower in people who ate at least 10 ounces of fish per week compared with those didnít eat fish. The more fish people ate, especially fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna, lower their level of markers of inflammation in bloodstream. Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of unsaturated fat that has been shown to reduce rates of heart disease and death from heart disease. The mechanism behind this action is unknown but studies show that they reduce inflammation. Dr. Barry Sears has written much on this subject. You can find Dr. Barry Sears' Books in your bookstores, or in libraries. Also check Amazon Dr. Barry Sears. Check out this webpage, Inflammation & Its Relationship to Chronic Disease by Dr Barry Sears, http://www.getwellnews.info
Inflammation within blood vessels plays a key role in development of atherosclerosis -- a risk for heart disease and stroke.
Therefore, researchers say anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fatty acids in fish found in this study may explain why fish is healthy for heart.
Fish Fight Inflammation to Keep Heart Healthy
In study, which appears in Journal of American College of Cardiology, researchers compared fish consumption and blood inflammation markers in a group of about 3,000 men and women in Attica region of Greece.
Planning Stress ManagementWritten by Jeff Dedrick
Deadlines at work, demanding bosses, bills to be paid at home, kids demanding for time and attention, changes in environment, etc. AAARRRRGH. These are realities of everyday living that people in an industrialized world have to constantly contend with, if these factors are not handled properly this will lead to stress. Stress is wear and tear body experiences as people adjust to ever-changing environment. It is relative to every individual. What may be considered as stressful to one person may not be true to another. Since stress factors are part of daily life, goal is not to eliminate stress but to find optimal level where stress factors motivate individual in continuing his/her life and not be overwhelmed. This is called stress management. Life without these stress factors may lead to boredom, dejection and depression. On other hand, excess of which may make one feel tied up in knots. So, how do we know that we are attaining optimal stress level? A clear indication that stress management has not been practiced or optimal stress level has not been attained is presence of related illness. Most sickness is due to unrelieved stress such as hypertension, dizziness, hyperacidity, etc. This indicates that stress must be reduced in daily living. So, how does one really manage stress? Two things may be done. It may be done by either changing source of stress or changing oneís reactions to it. As clichť goes, itís either we shape out or we shape up. In doing former, itís like totally quitting status quo. Itís like giving up totally so that stress factor that is present in life is totally eliminated. Some see this as chickening out or being yellow. However, this is also relative for individual because if stress factor already affects every aspect of life of individual, getting out of situation completely may be best option. This may also be considered a brave move. The second option takes a lot of courage and maturity. Being able to identify and practice appropriate reactions to stressful situations takes a lot of courage and wisdom. However, with determination and persistence, this can be achieved. The best way to manage stress is to first become aware of stressors and to observe individualís emotion and physical reactions to them. Most often, people ignore stress factors and just wish that they would go away. The stressor may be a person, a situation or an event. The individual must recognize that a stress factor is affecting his/her life and emotionally and physically he/she is reacting to it. After which next thing to do is to recognize what can be changed. The change may occur by avoiding or eliminating stress factor completely as stated earlier or by reducing its intensity. This is done by managing stress over a period of time instead of on a daily or weekly basis. If possible, it is best to try also to shorten exposure to stress. This may be done by taking a break, a sabbatical or a leave whatever possible so long as individual avoids physical premise where stress is present. Another way is to devote time and energy to effect change by practicing goal setting and time management techniques.