Omega-3

Omega-3 essential fatty acids can only be obtained through diets and supplements. These beneficial fats are found in fatty fish, free-range eggs, and the meat and milk of pasture-fed cows.

Omega-3s provide protection against a wide range of conditions involving our cardiovascular, emotional, immune and neurological systems.

There is very good evidence that having the correct balance of omega-3 fatty acids vs omega-6 fatty acids is a contributor to maintaining healthy blood pressure and preventing the accumulation of triglycerides (blood fats), which lead to hardened arteries. In addition, omega-3s may help provide protection against heart arrhythmias and blood clots.

Omega-3s have important effects in the brain, which is largely made up of fat. Correct amounts of DHA, an important essential fatty acid, affect serious mental health problems such as depression and bipolar disorder, as well as more general issues with memory and attention span.

In addition, omega-3s have important effects on inflammatory conditions and other immune system issues, such as asthma and allergies.

Omega-3s are Essential for Men’s Health

My patient Jonathan called not long ago, anxiously asking for an emergency appointment. We found a time for him to come in that day.  He rushed in and told me he’d just read a new study linking omega-3 essential fatty acids with an increased risk of prostate cancer. I’ve been recommending omega-3 supplements to many […]

Omega-3: Definition, Benefits, Sources

Omega-3 fatty acids are one of several types of essential fatty acids (EFAs). They’re called EFAs because they’re essential to human health, but the body can’t make them, so they must come from dietary sources. Omega-3-rich fish oil supplements are the easiest, most common, way to supplement your diet with extra Omega-3s, but cold water […]

Important Heart Health Supplements

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I don’t know about you, but I like to get out ahead of problems, rather than play catch up. So when a middle-aged patient tells me he’s worried about his heart, but he hates vegetables or he’s “too busy” to exercise, guess who’s getting a trip to the woodshed. Because here’s the thing—heart disease still […]

Stop Brain Shrinkage with Omega 3s

Worried that your crows’ feet and laugh lines make you look old? Or are you more concerned by the ever-growing amount of gray hair on your head? For many people, the outward signs of aging—wrinkles, silver hair, age spots—are the most worrisome. But it’s the internal changes you should be concerned with, because your body […]

Butter and Saturated Fats are OK to Eat

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Are you confused about fat? If so, you’re not alone. After being demonized for decades, saturated fat is coming off the nutrient supervillain list. And that’s good news for you! As our nation’s long war on fat winds down, experts are taking a second look at some of the most forbidden foods, and concluding that […]

Treat Depression with Omega-3s

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Have you or someone you know been feeling down for the past few weeks? Lost interest in things that used to be enjoyable? Or maybe you’re gaining weight, finding it difficult to focus, struggling to sleep, or sleeping too much? When my patients tell me they – or a spouse, partner or friend — aren’t […]

Protect Your Telomeres with Omega-3s

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Maybe you’ve noticed that certain friends or family members seem to age more slowly than others. I see the same thing in my patients. Some stay vibrant and youthful into their seventh – even eighth! – decade. What’s the secret to staying healthy and strong through the years? Telomeres! Telomeres are the tiny “protective caps” on the […]

Omega 3s: Essential Fats You’re Missing

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When Sonia first came to my office two years ago, she clearly needed help. Her symptoms were the all-too-familiar assortment of problems, ranging from aching joints and low-grade depression to memory issues and a stubborn 20 pounds that just would not go away. Her skin was so dry that it frequently cracked, leaving painful open […]

Good Fat vs. Bad Fat: A Simple Healthy Guide

Good Fat vs. Bad Fat
Judging by the questions I’m getting from my patients and readers, there’s some confusion about fat, particularly the saturated variety. I’m not surprised. There are so many myths when it comes to fat, even doctors sometimes have a hard time sorting it all out. That’s really a shame. Getting the right kind of fat is […]

The Real Skinny on Omega-3s

As a practicing physician, my patients keep me on my toes with a steady stream of questions. One of the most common involves supplement recommendations, especially when it comes to which nutrients are most important. When I reply that fish oil is at the top of my list — even for healthy individuals — patients […]