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Heart Health

Choosing the Best Fish Oil

What’s in your Fish Oil?

Regular Fish Oil – what’s in it? ‘Regular’ fish oil is sold in most grocery, drug and warehouse stores. They are inexpensive – you can get several hundred pills for $15. These oils are usually made from Sardines and Anchovies caught in the Pacific ocean, off the coast of Peru and Chile. The data forRead More

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Heart Health

The 4 Most Important (but Ignored) Blood Tests for Your Heart

A little worried about your heart? You’re not alone. Here are a four tests that you (and your doctor) ought to be looking at during your next physical. Omega-3 Index CRP (C-Reactive Protein) Insulin Triglyceride/HDL ratio 1. Omega-3 Index I’ll have more to say to about this in a future blog, but whether you’re takingRead More

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Heart Health

Why Fish Oil ‘Doesn’t Work’

7 reasons why recent news on fish oil has been negative Lately, there’s been nothing but bad news about fish oil. At last check, there were over 22,000 separate published studies on fish oil, most of it published in the last decade. If there is such an explosive increase in scientific proof in support ofRead More

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Why taking Probiotic Supplements may not solve all your gut issues

Probiotics are popular. People who don’t follow probiotic research are quick to dismiss these pills – they’d be making a mistake. Probiotics are POWERFUL! But taking these pills alone won’t fix all your gut issues. For that, you’ll also need to make other lifestyle changes. While playing in the backyard several years ago, my veryRead More

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Heart Health

Omega-7: A New Good Fat

Nope. That was not a typo. That was Omega-7 with a SEVEN. You’ll be hearing more about it. You’ve obviously heard about Omega-3s. And probably Omega-6s and 9s. Omega-6s are essential but cause inflammation when consumed in excess. Omega-9s are found in olive oil and bacon fat. Omega-9s are not essential because your body canRead More

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Oxidized LDL and Your Health (A case for more animal fat?)*

Oxidized LDL is a much better predictor of ‘cardiovascular events’ than anything on your regular cholesterol panel. Tests for oxidized LDL are not easily available, but there are some things you can do to shift the odds in your favor. Factors that affect LDL oxidation 1. The type of fats found in your LDL cellRead More

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Heart Health

What your Doctor is Not Telling You About Oxidized LDL Cholesterol

People with high oxidized LDL are 4-times more likely to have heart attacks than those with low oxidized LDL. Does this affect you? (It does.) Cholesterol particles are part of the ‘gunk’ that blocks clogged arteries. And vegetable oils contain no cholesterol. They actually lower cholesterol. These are reasons why vegetable oil has been promotedRead More

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Weight Loss

Fish Oil and Belly Fat

‘Your product does not work,’ he complained. ‘I took your Omega-3 for a month and my belly fat didn’t go away.’  The Crossfit fitness community has several followers who take large amounts of fish oil in hopes of losing weight and reducing exercise soreness. I’ve written that fish oil does not reduce cholesterol. Let meRead More

Fish Oil Safety

Omega-3s and Prostate Health*

This article is in response to this paper Journal of the National Cancer Institute’s 2013 study on fish oil and prostate health…* …and the wall-to-wall media coverage this received in 2013. What Pharmacists are Saying about Omega-3 Does fish oil cause prostate cancer? Subjects in this study were not given fish oil. So, no, youRead More

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Fish Oil Ethyl Ester vs Triglyceride – Revisited

There is a lot of back-and-forth about fish oil types – triglyceride (TG) versus ethyl esters (EE). OmegaVia was highly concentrated ethyl ester form of fish oil. Since 2016, it in Triglyceride (rTG) form. I get emails about this almost daily. Is EE fish oil is really fish oil? Is there alcohol in it? WillRead More