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How “too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3” is making us sick?

In the last article we discussed the problems humans have converting omega-3 (n-3) fats from plant sources, such as flax seeds and walnuts, to the longer chain derivatives EPA and DHA. Since EPA and DHA (especially DHA) are responsible for the benefits omega-3 fats provide, and since

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Which foods are good sources for Omega 3s?

Under the right circumstances, our body transforms Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) into other omega-3s, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). However, even if we consume large amounts of plant-based ALA, our body converts ALA into EPA and DHA at a “very low ratio,” and only when there is a satisfactory supply of

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Another Fat Wonder! DHA

DHA is a nutrient dense food for our brain. Another FAT WONDER! DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is a fatty acid found in marine algae (sea weed) in the highest concentrations. Learn more about omega 3s here. Although marine animals are rich in omega-3s, they do not produce these fatty

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DHA: An Essential Brain Food

When NASA scientists began their search for the perfect space food for astronauts, they turned their attention to marine algae. What they discovered was that algae was a rich source of the fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). The result of their investigation produced a nutrient dense food

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Hopes for new Alzheimer’s drug dashed

A major trial of a drug to treat mild dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease has ended in failure. Patients on solanezumab did not show any slowing in cognitive decline compared to those treated with a placebo, or dummy drug. The results of the trial were much anticipated

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The True Cause of Chronic Health Problems …

Obesity, type II diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, PCOS, Hypothyroidism, … The true reason for all these and many more chronic health conditions is the consumption of high amounts of carbohydrates and sugar, and radically reduced amount of fat; the Standard American Diet (SAD). In

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Your Brain On Ketones

How a high-fat diet can help the brain work better   The modern prescription of high carbohydrate, low fat diets (Standard American Diet – SAD), and eating snacks between meals has coincided with an increase in obesity, diabetes, and and increase in the incidence of many mental health

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Bipolar Disorder and Low Carb Diets

Bipolar Disorder and Diet (Part II): Low Carbohydrate Diets   Can food stabilize mood?  Is there a diet out there that could prevent mania, mood swings, deep depressions, and uncomfortably anxious and agitated states? Sound far-fetched?  Maybe not. Dietary changes can have very powerful effects on brain

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The Health Benefits and Safety of Low-Carb, High-Fat Diets

An Interview with Eric C. Westman, M.D.: Cholesterol Clarity   Let’s complete our discussion of the health benefits and safety of low-carb, high-fat “ketogenic” diets with Eric Westman, M.D., MHS. In January, we discussed the clinical benefits obtained with real people in the real world of low-carb,

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Studies on Alzheimer’s, MCI-Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Ketosis

Funny thing is, not even a month ago I was commenting over at Dr. Parker’s Diabetic Mediterranean Diet blog that there weren’t really any studies about ketogenic diets and Alzheimer’s and dementia.  There were a few case reports that it was helpful, to be sure, but nothing much

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