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Just for Women September 22, 2009

Womens Health Base

Women’s Health Basewww.womenshealthbase.com – is another great new website with interesting articles on all the topics women crave information about. It’s a helpful place to get all your health info – especially for women, including information on diseases and conditions, diet and fitness, beauty, and sex and relationships.

Beauty tips for all ages, weight loss help in all sizes, and relationship advice for the single, dating and married girls are some of the topics discussed, not to mention health information geared specifically towards women.

Also check out their comprehensive vitamin, herbal, and mineral guides detailing the info about supplements that you’ve probably wondered about – myths and facts, safety and effectiveness.

All in a pretty package of a website!

 

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!!!

 

Poly-Unsaturated Fats, Fatty Acids, and Essential Fatty Acids

The Truth About Fat

Fats are broken down into 3 categories:

1. Saturated fats

2. Mono-unsaturated fats

3. Poly-unsaturated fats (this includes Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids [EFAs])

Let’s take a look at:

Poly-Unsaturated Fats, Fatty Acids, and Essential Fatty Acids

The key roles that fat plays in your body are in the breakdown for their fatty acids and in energy.

Fatty acids are vital to your health and well being. Fatty acids are the acids that are produced when fat is broken down. Your body uses fatty acids to perform key functions in your body which involve the brain, eyes, heart, lungs, nerves, skin, hair, digestion, and hormones.

Your body also burns fat for energy. The extra energy that is not burned or used in your body is stored in adipose tissue. Adipose then protects and cushions the organs in your body. The “fat” that many people dislike on their bodies (in the form of love handles, big thighs, or flabby bellies) is not fat per se, it’s adipose tissue.

The human body can produce all but 2 of the fatty acids it needs. These 2 fatty acids are linoleic acid (LA acid), which is the “parent” fatty acid to the Omega 6 family) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA acid) which is the “parent” fatty acid in the Omega 3 family.

Essential fatty acids (EFA’s) . When the word “essential” is used in a nutrition context, it refers to something that body cannot make on its own and must find from outside sources – i.e., your diet.

Foods High in Omega 3 include:

  • Flax seeds
  • Cold water fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel
  • Sardines

Foods High in Omega 6 include:

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Vegetable oils such as corn, sunflower, sesame, soybean, safflower
  • Margarine
  • Pumpkin seeds

And then of course there are Essential Fatty Acid Supplements in pill form – stay tuned for info on the doctor recommended EFAs to supplement your diet!

 

Glucosamine Supplements August 8, 2008

Glucosamine is a natural compound found in healthy cartilage

Glucosamine studies were originally conducted for the benefits of patients suffering with arthritis. However, once the studies found that glucosamine can help increase hyaluronic acid (“HA”) in joints, dermatologists and rest of the beauty industry started to listen.

Since hyaluronic acid is one of the components of your dermis (one of the deeper layers of your skin beneath your epidermis), then increasing hyaluronic acid in your dermis with glucosamine supplements could improve absorption of moisture in the skin and body, resulting in smoother, more radiant skin.

In 2003, the FDA approved hyaluronan injections (made from hyaluronic acid) for filling soft tissue defects such as facial wrinkles – and Restylane and Juvederm were born (both are dermal filler injected into wrinkles to plump [or fill] the soft tissue thereby erasing the wrinkle).

A recommended dosage of 1500 mg of glucosamine in the form of a supplement may potentially give you results in the form of decreased wrinkles or increased fullness in your skin.

Products lines like Murad are marketing their glucosamine supplements claiming that the supplements will “reduce lines and wrinkles by 34% in five weeks while increasing elasticity with this clinically proven complex. Glucosamine, amino acid complex and Vitamin A work to boost collagen production and stimulate healthy cell function while promoting skin clarity and tone.”

Do you believe it? Will you try it? Have you tried it??? I haven’t tried it. But I’d love to hear about your experiences with it! Please share your thoughts…