Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Omega 3's Reduce Risk of Death From Inflammatory Diseases

Healthy fats.   We all need them.  And now, in scientific studies published in March, 2011 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Australian researchers found that women with the highest intake of total omega-3 fats were 44 per cent less likely to die from non-cancer, non-cardiovascular inflammatory disease than those with the lowest levels.

Omega-3 seemed to have a mixed effect on men.  While intake of total omega-3's didn't seem to provide protection, alpha-linolenic acid did help them.  The study found that for both men and women, increasing daily intake of ALA lowered the risk of dying from inflammatory disease over the 15 year study.

What are some of the inflammatory diseases?  Rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary (lung) disease and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis)

The following foods can help subdue inflammation in the body by promoting the production of anti-inflammatory immune compounds:

1. Eat  6 to 12 ounces of oily fish each week or take Fish Oil Supplements (we prefer USANA's BiOmega with advanced and guaranteed levels of EPA and DHA fatty acids with vitamin D and added lemon flavoring so there is no fishy aftertaste.  Pharmaceutical grade, guaranteed for purity, which is important with fish oils.)

2.  Snack on nuts.   One ounce a day - 8 Brazil nuts, 18 cashews, 14 walnut halves, 24 almonds or 28 peanuts.  That's easy to do.

3.  Switch to monounsaturated fat.  Olive oil, canola oil, avocados, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios and peanuts.

4.  Increase Flavonoids.  Fruit and vegetables like berries, cherries, red grapes, apples, citrus fruit, broccoli, kale and onions.  Then, green and black tea, dark chocolate, soybeans, edamame and tofu.

5.  Take Vitamin D.  In addition to 15 minutes a day in the sun without sunblock, Canadians need upwards of 4,000 IU's a day of a supplement.  Speak to your health provider for a test and what is best for you.  We take at least that amount daily in the winter.

Thanks to Leslie Beck, the Globe and Mail, March 30, 2011 for much of this information.

For more information on the USANA products that aid in the reduction of inflammation, please contact us:

Dave and Deanna Waters

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