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Omega-3 EFA & DHA Supplements – which ones to take that work! August 18, 2008

Tip of the Day

Here are 2 expert recommendations for the best Omega 3 Supplement to take that work!

1. LOVANZA

When I told my doctor that I was supplementing my diet with over the counter quality omega-3 supplements, he immediately had me switch to Lovanza. Even though no one seems to know about these – they’re the best kept secret supplements to take!

Here’s why:

  • It blends highly purified EFAs and DHAs – the most active natural components/ingredients in Omega-3s found primarily in fish and shellfish.
  • They are the only FDA-approved Omega-3 supplement
  • They are developed through a 5-step process that helps remove toxins and fats so it creates a very pure and concentrated Omega-3 supplement and medicine – which reduces your need to worry about mercury, environmental toxins, cholesterol and saturated fat. Now, what can possibly top that!??!
  • They have been proven to lower very high triglyceride levels in adults in as little as 8 weeks.

The down side:

  • You need a prescription

It’s recommended that you take 2 one-gram gel capsules twice daily (or all 4 at once) every day.

PS – my doctor is also my dad – so I know no one has my best interests in mind like he does. Ask your doctor about it! If your doctor doesn’t know about these – ask my dr! Dr. Lazar Kaganovsky -check out his site for more info – www.oceanmedicalplaza.com.

2. Biotics Research Corporation Biomega 3

If for some reason Lovanza is not for you, try this brand. I used to take these before I switched and they were recommended by an incredible nutritionist who actually participates in conducing many of the latest essential fatty acid research projects.

She always advised me that Biotics is a reputable brand that makes quality supplements.

Check them out! Or tell me what you take! And Tell me what you think!!!

 

More Tips of the Day – Diet Grocery Shopping ii August 9, 2008

Chose Heart Health Foods!

  • Buy lots of fruits and veggies!
    • Fruits and vegetables are high in dietary fiber, which can aid in lowering cholesterol levels.
  • Buy whole grains!
    • Nutrients in whole grains promote heart health.
    • Replace white bread, flour, pasta, and rice with their whole grains alternative.
    • Chose whole-grain breads, whole-wheat pasta, whole-wheat pasta, and brown rice.
  • Beware of Energy or Nutritional Bars!
    • Many energy and nutritional bars contain trans fat! Even if they are labeled “trans fat free,” don’t forget to check the label – manufactures are allowed to use this label even when there is ½ a gram of trans-fat or less – that may seem small, but it can add up, especially if the “nutritional” bar has more than 1 serving (your may be unknowingly eating 2 or 3 grams of trans fat in every bar).
  • Purchase oil that has processed to a minimal degree.
    • To do this, look for oils that have been “cold expeller pressed” and “extra virgin.” These processes ensure minimal damage.
  • Make your own salad dressing!
    • Using pure olive oil instead of buying readymade salad dressings. Many readymade salad dressings are made with damaged, over processed and inferior oils.
    • Or, simply squeeze a lemon as your dressing! Or try a splash of vinegar – red wine or balsamic. That way you will cut out all fat, but still have the flavor.
    • Using lemon is also a great alternative to salt.
  • Avoid animal fat. The highest concentration of toxins in animals is found in their fat.
    • If you do buy animal meat products that are high in fat, buy organic. Look for products labeled “organic” as well as products produced with “no antibiotics, no added growth hormones and no dangerous pesticides.” Organic refers to the way foods are produced and processed without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Since the animal fat has the highest concentration of toxins found in the animal, at least if you are eating animal fat, the toxins you are ingested will be limited.
  • Buy organic dairy. For the same reasons as listed above.
  • Avoid buying full-fat options if there are reduced-fat, low-fat or non-fat options available.
    • Especially for dairy including milk and cheese.
 

Tips of the Day for Diet Grocery Shopping

Read Your Labels!

Don’t fall into “cholesterol-free” traps

  • Don’t assume that a food labeled “cholesterol free” is good for you. It may still contain bad fats, be high in calories, or high in sugar.

Beware of “trans-fat free” labels!

  • In the United States, foods are allowed to be labeled “trans-fat free” if it contains less than .5 grams of trans fats per serving. Even though half a gram of trans-fat may seem small, it can add up, especially if you’re eating more than 1 serving.
  • Instead focusing on the “trans-fat free” label, focus on the ingredients. If the ingredients contain partially hydrogenated oils, that is the same thing as trans-fats; so don’t buy it.
  • Avoid foods that contain partially hydrogenated oils! The following types of packaged foods at supermarkets often contain partially hydrogenated oils: Chocolate, peanut butter, energy bars, crackers, cookies, cakes, pastries, biscuits, potato chips, imitation cheese, microwave popcorn, other snack foods. Make sure you read your labels and stay away from them if they contain it.
  • In general, check the Nutrition Facts panel to compare foods – make sure serving sizes are consistent before your compare similar foods. Choose foods lower in saturated fat, Trans fat, and cholesterol. For saturated fat and cholesterol, keep in mind that 5 percent of the Daily Value (%DV) or less is good, and of course 0 is best.
 

Christine Chin Perfect Hydrating Crème

Perfect Hydrating Crème

This Perfect Hydrating Creme has a lightweight, dual-moisturizing formula that actually “re-programs” your slightly dry and dehydrated skin to measurably retain more moisture for immediate, long-lasting comfort. 2 OZ costs $39.

It really is a perfect moisturizer. It’s great for oily or combination skin since it’s so lightweight; and if you’re applying makeup afterwards it will glide on, and stay on – flawlessly.

 

Christine Chin Soothing Hydration Masque

Soothing Hydration Masque

Christine’s Soothing Hydration Mask is a cooling gel of soothing herbs, hydrating panthenol and a calming licorice complex. It brings relief to sensitive, dehydrated or acne-prone skin within minutes. Fragrance-free. 2 OZ costs $34.

When applying this mask, it literally feels as though it has been refrigerated – it feels so so refreshing! And after 20 minutes, once you wash it off, any redness, irritation, flakiness, and dryness is gone from your skin. And it’s not temporary – use it once a week, and the results last that long!

 

Christine Chin Herbal Blemish Gel

Herbal Blemish Gel

This Herbal Blemish Gerl is fast-drying, invisible gel that helps clear breakouts quickly by forming a film to seal the skin’s surface. You can apply makeup over it within minutes, so your blemish can heal under the seal and be irritated by foundation, cover up and also dirt and environmental irritants. 1.2 FL OZ costs $35

 

Christine Chin Resurface Exfoliating Scrub

Resurface Exfoliating Scrub

Christine Chin Resurface Exfoliating Scrub buffs away fine lines, diminishes coarse and/or enlarged pores and helps to slow signs of aging with gentle micro-grains suspended in a moisturizing cleansing cream. 2 OZ for $28.

It was formerly called “The Ultimate Scrub” for a reason – it’s the best exfoliating scrub ever! It de-flakes refines your skin and visibly softens tiny line. Your skin will be left totally refreshed! And the 2oz container lasts forever!

Christine Chin advises to exfoliate once per week.

Tell me what you think…