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How important is fish oil in your diet?

How important is fish oil in your diet?

Good for the heart: The american heart association recommends that adults either eat two or more fish meals each week, or take a one-gram fish oil capsule daily. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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How important is protein in your diet?

How important is protein in your diet?

Extremely: Our tissues are made of protein. Muscles, hair, joints, blood, skin are all proteins. Without protein in the diet, the body will waste away its own muscles. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get the omega 3's and good nutrients found in fish without actually eating fish?

What is the best way to get the omega 3's and good nutrients found in fish without actually eating fish?

Sea vegetables: Foods such as seaweed and kelp are rich in omega-3s found in fish. Foods such as chia seeds and flax seeds contain other omega-3s. ...Read more

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How important is calcium in your diet?

How important is calcium in your diet?

Very: Calcium is very important- it helps build strong bones-- the body also needs calcium for muscles to move and for nerves to carry messages between the brain and every body part. In addition, calcium is used to help blood vessels move blood throughout the body and to help release hormones and enzymes that affect almost every function in the human body. ...Read more

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What is the a good fish oil supplement?

What is the a good  fish oil supplement?

Many : Fish ol supplements are not controlled, so it's "russian roulette" when choosing one over the counter. Prescription fish oils are properly controlled & are more reliable. Lovaza is prescription grade fish oils with the proper amount of docosahaenoic and eicosapentaenoic acids with assured purity & free from toxic substances that can accumulate in sea fish. ...Read more

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What is the meanings of epa and DHA in fish oil supplement?And will fish oil be good for memory and concentration too?

What is the meanings of epa and DHA in fish oil supplement?And will fish oil be good for memory and concentration too?

Omega 3s: Both epa and dha are long chained fatty acids mainly found in fish. They provide much needed omega 3 which is said to improve heart health along with many other health benefits. Omega three is believed to reduce inflammation in body and brain and is good for memory and thought to prevent dementia. Along with fish, omega 3 can be found in free-range eggs. Look for % of omega three on carton. ...Read more

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Is Flaxseed good for daily consumption? What is the correct quantity? Should I consume them in the raw form?

Is Flaxseed good for daily consumption? What is the correct quantity? Should I consume them in the raw form?

Flax is terrific: Flax is a terrific food. It is a source of high quality protein, polyphenol micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3. Flax eaten whole will not be digested or absorbed. It must be ground. It may then be consumed raw or cooked. It is best added to muffins, oatmeal, breads you bake, etc. Store in freezer. ...Read more

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How important is iodine in your diet?

How important is iodine in your diet?

Essential: It is essential, but luckily only a small amount is required. It is in certain vitamins and also present in iodized salt and bread made by batch processing in factories. It's also present in leafy green vegetables. ...Read more

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What is a good way to incorporate flax seed in the diet ?

What is a good way to incorporate flax seed in the diet ?

Flax seed: You can use flax seed oil in dressings and toss flax seeds onto salads or other dishes. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give omega fish oils and vitamins to a child?

Is it safe to give omega fish oils and vitamins to a child?

With a healthy diet: Supplementary vitamins have no benefit and may contain contaminants that can accumulate over time. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fry foods in olive oil instead of other oils so your food can be healthier ?

Is it possible to fry foods in olive oil instead of other oils so your food can be healthier ?

Olive oil: Cannot withstand high heat so the beneficial compounds in the oil start to degrade and harmful compounds form under these conditions. Olive oil is best used at temperatures less than 400 degrees and raw right on the food. Frying is not healthy regardless of the oil but an oil such as coconut oil might be better for frying since it has a high smoke point. ...Read more

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Can olive oil contribute to arterial plaque? What about if olive oil is the only source of fat, (about 6-8 servings)?

Can olive oil contribute to arterial plaque? What about if olive oil is the only source of fat, (about 6-8 servings)?

Possibly,NOT HEALTHY: While olive oil, esp. Raw fresh extra virgin is a relatively healthy oil to use (see http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=foodspice;dbid=132) large amounts are associated with increased risk of heart disease- see http://bit.Ly/1cgojkl it should never be the only source of fat; good health requires essential omega 3 fats ; olive oil lacks these. See http://bit.Ly/18mu5yg ; http://bit.Ly/15ib3z. ...Read more

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Do you think a mainly plant based raw food diet is the key to longevity?

Do you think a mainly plant based raw food diet is the key to longevity?

It helps.: I believe raw, organic vegetables and fruit is very healthy and help with longevity but by itself is inadequate. We need to make sure that we get the necessary vitamins that plants cannot supply such as Vit. B12 which is only available in red meat and when we are vegetarian need to be taken either as a sublingual supplement or by injection. A healthy spiritual and mental health completes the key ...Read more

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What is the difference between fish oil, krill oil, and coq10? Which is best for a healthy person to take?

What is the difference between fish oil, krill oil, and coq10?  Which is best for a healthy person to take?

Don't take any: A healthy person with a satisfactory diet does not benefit from any of these supplements. It may be useful to eat a diet rich in fish for long-term prevention of cardiovascular disease, but even this is uncertain. Fish and krill oil are both marine oils rich in omega-3 fatty acids that may help some people with heart or vascular disease. ...Read more

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Tuna fish is good in pregnancy and how much intake in a week?

Tuna fish is good in pregnancy and how much intake in a week?

Limit- high mercury!: Unfortunately our oceans (oxymetazoline) are polluted. Tuna is among the fish higher in Mercury, which is very toxic to developing babies. The US EPA says pregnant women can eat 8-12 ounces of light canned tuna/week but should avoid albacore. However, other experts feel it's wise to avoid all tuna in pregnancy- see http://tinyurl.com/pkuxagy Wild salmon, low in mercury but high in Omega 3's is the safest to eat. ...Read more

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Is drinking fish oil harmful to your health?

Is drinking fish oil harmful to your health?

Depends on how much: The scientific evidence suggests that fish oil really does lower high triglycerides, and it also seems to help prevent heart disease and stroke when taken in the recommended amounts. Ironically, taking too much fish oil can actually increase the risk of stroke ...Read more

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How much oil or fat is needed in a diet to absorb nutrients?

No more than 30%: A person need not take more than 30% of the calories in the form of fat. ...Read more

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Is a saturated fat and cholesterol rich diet with veggies limited fruit and little to no grains healthy? If NOT I feel the best on this lifestyle why?

Is a saturated fat and cholesterol rich diet with veggies limited fruit and little to no grains healthy? If NOT I feel the best on this lifestyle why?

See below: Because you feel good on the diet does not mean it is good for you. People feel good on cocaine also! Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form. ...Read more

Fish Oil (Definition)

Fish oils contain two active omega-3 fatty acids, dha and epa. Most fish oil products contain both dha and epa, but supplements enriched in dha or epa are available. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to significantly reduce sudden cardiac death. Some studies also indicate the potential for benefits in dementia and risk of heart attack. The omega-3 content of cold water ...Read more