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12 April, 2011
I am often asked about supplements from many angles – What should I take for fat loss to what should I take to build muscle. For me their is always a simple answer. Fish Oils. Infact I dont even believe taking a multivitain and fishoils are even supplementation. They are a necessary adjunct to a healthy nutrition plan. Omega 3 Fish oils are made up of 2 elements:
Fish oil, or more particularly the omega-3 fatty acids can be broken down into 2 different components EPA and DHA. They do two key things to help radically improve body composition (help us to get build muscle and lose fat). Firstly they turn on the lipolytic (fat burning) gene whilst turning off the lipogenic (fat storage) gene, and secondly they make our body more insulin sensitive, allowing for the muscles to be more receptive to insulin thus reducing how much is stored as bodyfat. Think for a second about this last point – less fat AND more muscle in one fell swoop. I have 8 – 10 grams of pharmaceutical grade fish oil everyday and have added up to 30 grams to many overweight clients’ supplement protocols and seen them not only drop bodyfat, but feel better and have more energy and even greater concentration. Sometimes it really is that simple.
As if this wasn’t compelling reason enough to start supplementing regularly with fish oil, let us not forget that it has been clinically proven to be beneficial to a myriad of diseases, both physical and mental. The positive benefits include:
A reduction in the systemic inflammation that is responsible for everything from muscle and joint soreness, tendonitis, excessively high blood pressure, asthma and ALL cardiovascular diseases, including sudden cardiac death and also it has been linked to a decrease in some forms of Cancer. Inflammation is truly an underlying key to a decline in health.
An increase in our natural production of serotonin (the “feel good” neurotransmitter), resulting in decreased carbohydrate cravings and decreased incidence of depression. All from one supplement.
6 April, 2011
We hope to be able to change your view on health and nutrition by keeping you up to date with new thoughts that are out there, and continually try to challenge the media on their misguided attempts to make people healthy. This week we are doing an in house presentation on cholesterol so I thought I would share some of these things we are talking about.
Here are some interesting facts that have come from Sherry Rogers book – The Cholesterol Hoax
- You need cholesterol to make sex hormones like testoeterone, estrogen and progesterone
- Higher cancer rate among people taking chlesterol-lowering drugs
- Cholesterol is essential for all membrane structure and function, hormones receptors, cytokine release for fighting infection, cancers and autoummune disease.
- Cholesterol helps to put out inflammation, There fore it is not the cholesterol that is the problem. Heart disease starts when your arteries become damaged or inflamed. Thus LDL cholesterol shows up to repair these inflamed segments (which is what it is supposed to do) and can sometimes get stuck, thus becoming rancid over time causing the build up of plaque.
- It is inflammation that is doing the damage, eat foods that have a low inflammatory response, i.e no gluten, no pasta and especially white sugar (this includes all refined carbohydrates)!!!!
- There has also believe it or not, never been prove making a correlation between high cholesterol and heart disease in any study. In fact the opposite is true
“To date there have only been two relevant double-blind studies and neither showed a connection between saturated fats and heart disease”.
Big Fat Lies, Sutter, 2010.
So basically take refined sugar and refined carbohydrates out of your diet, dont be scared of eggs and red meat. They have been around for 1000s of years and it is not these things that have give rise to the huge incidence of heart disease.
Take a look at Tom Naughton during this presentation. He tackles the very complex subject very well.
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