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5 Surprising Benefits of Omega-3
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5 Surprising Benefits of Omega-3

We all know omega-3s are good for your health. We also know the benefits of omega-3 range from protecting your heart, brain and eyes to supporting joint health and reducing inflammation. The definitive list of omega-3 benefits would certainly be a long one - there are tens of thousands of academic studies of the benefits of omega-3 intake. We take a look at some surprising, lesser known benefits of omega-3.  

1. Omega-3 may help sleep

Recent research from Oxford University has produced a number of fascinating insights into the importance of a particular type of omega-3 and children's learning. In these studies, children with low levels of 'DHA' (a specific type of omega-3) scored significantly worse on tests for memory, behaviour, concentration, reading and numeracy than children who had sufficient DHA levels. Furthermore, the researchers consequently noted that increasing DHA levels in the children with low DHA by using a DHA supplement helped them improve their performance and bridge the gap to their peers. Increasing DHA levels increased learning outcomes. What does this have to do with sleep? The Oxford team have recently expanded on their study. Their most recent results show that low DHA levels also can lead to poor sleep in children.  Giving a DHA  supplement to the children in the study with low DHA levels improved the quality of their sleep.  

2. Omega-3 may support male fertility

A 2010 study published in The Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at the relationship  between omega-3 fatty acid concentrations in fertile and infertile men. Fertile men tended to have higher omega-3 levels than infertile men. Further research is required to consolidate and expand on these findings. However, the results from the study do echo the findings of several animal studies in rats and guppies - both animal studies showed a link between fertility and omega-3 levels.  

3. Omega-3s may protect ageing brains

From the University of Maryland's overview of omega-3 research: "A number of studies show that reduced intake of omega-3 fatty acids is associated with increased risk of age related cognitive decline. Scientists believe the omega-3 fatty acid DHA is protective against age related cognitive decline."  

4. Omega-3s may support stronger bones.

Calcium, magnesium and vitamin D may not be the only nutrients for supporting strong bones. Several studies have looked at the relationship between omega-3 intake and bone density. Whilst further research is required, there is preliminary evidence to suggest there may be a link between omega-3 levels and maintaining bone density over time.  

5. Omega-3 may help menstrual pain

Preliminary research and anecdotal evidence suggests women who take fish oil during menstruation may experience a decline in menstrual pain.
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Glucosamine For Arthritis
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Glucosamine For Arthritis

Glucosamine is perhaps the single most commonly used supplement when treating patients with arthritis. If you are suffering arthritis, it is critical to understand the role of glucosamine in joint health. Glucosamine can be of benefit to you if you are suffering sore joints, have early arthritis symptoms or are simply a very active person who wants to protect active, aching or potentially injured joints.  

What is Glucosamine?

Glucosamine is a nutrient required for the production of cartilage. Why is cartilage critical for joint health? Well, without cartilage (the soft, spongy tissue that acts as a shock absorber in our joints) our bones would rub against one another and be terribly painful. Cartilage is important because it stops serious joint wear and permanent joint injury.  

How do I get Glucosamine?

Glucosamine is actually a sugar that is naturally produced by our bodies. However, as we age, our body produces less of it.  As such, we may need to take a glucosamine supplement in order to keep our glucosamine levels topped up. The recommended daily dose of glucosamine is 1500mg. Whilst you can get glucosamine from food, it is found in the shells of crustacenas and offal - both foods that are not particularly friendly to the palate. This is why we recommend glucosamine supplements like Nature's Way 1500mg Glucosamine if you are interested in increasing your glucosamine levels.  

What are glucosamine’s side effects?

There are some side effects of glucosamine that - although rare - you should be aware of. These include increased blood-pressure, rapid heart rate and heart palpitations. However, these side effects are actually quite rare in otherwise healthy individuals. More common side-effects include drowsiness and temporary gas / indigestion / diarrhoea. If you are on blood thinning medication or have concerns about your heart health, see your health professional before trying glucosamine supplements.  

A Final Note

It is worth noting that glucosamine does not necessarily work for all people suffering arthritis or joint pain. Like many supplements, taking our 1500mg glucosamine tablet each day is just one way to keep your nutrient levels topped up to give your body an edge in fighting degenerative disease. Taking glucosamine is not a complete cure for arthritis, but research does show it is one of a small handful of ways to effectively protect your joints and slow down degenerative joint conditions like arthritis. ------- This article was provided by our online partner Health365. For more information on http://health365.com.au/articles/joint-health/what-is-glucosamine, visit www.health365.com.au.
Training tips to avoid joint damage.
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Training tips to avoid joint damage.

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Superfoods for Healthy Joints
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Superfoods for Healthy Joints

Natural joint health supplements like krill oil and glucosamine have well documented benefits for supporting healthy joints, and pharmaceutical / prescription drugs can be obtained from your doctor to help with arthritis and joint pain. However, your lifestyle and the food you eat  can also have a significant effect on joint health. Try these superfoods for arthritis and maintaining joint health.

CAMU CAMU

A fine powder derived from an Amazonian fruit, Camu Camu has impressive antioxidant properties and can be a great anti-inflammatory. Anti-inflammatories cab be beneficial for arthritis sufferers, as the joint pain felt is often the result of swelling and  inflammation around the joint. Reducing inflammation, therefore, often means reducing pain. Further, Camu Camu is rich in vitamin C – vitamin C is critical for a number of bodily functions including production of collagen. Collagen is required for growing, healing and repairing tissue and cartilage.

CHIA SEEDS

Chia Seeds are rich in fibre, protein and – importantly – omega-3 fatty acids. Ensuring you have sufficient intake of Omega-3s is important for joints and the link between omega-3 intake and joint health is documented. If you aren’t eating fatty fish such as salmon or tuna 3 times a week, you should be trying to increase your daily omega-3 intake by:
  1. taking a Krill Oil tablet daily or
  2. including vegetable sources of omega-3 like chia seeds into your diet. Need some inspiration on how  to eat more chia? Check out our Chia Seed recipes.

TURMERIC

You may be familiar with turmeric as a spice used in curries and stir fries. You may not realise that it is actually a superfood that contains a potent anti-inflammatory ingredient called curcumin. Adding enough turmeric to your meals each day to achieve the full anti-inflammatory effect might not be feasible, but there are an increasing number of juice bars around that offer turmeric in their products that can help you increase your turmeric / curcumin intake. Alternatively, try Osteo Flex – it contains clinically studied levels of curcumin so you can be sure you are getting sufficient dosage. It also contains additional joint care ingredients Krill Oil and Green Lipped Mussel.   ---------- This article was provided by our online partner Health365. To buy superfoods online, visit www.health365.com.au.        
Exercises For Arthritis Sufferers
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Exercises For Arthritis Sufferers

Despite how tempting it may be to rest stiff, aching joints, it is important for arthritis sufferers to maintain regular exercise. In addition to helping reduce inflammation and stabilising joints, the right arthritis exercise program has a huge range of other benefits. These exercises for arthritis can also increases energy, help maintain bone / muscle mass and boost heart & brain health. Believe it or not, the below exercises for arthritis can also help fight the ageing process. With exercise offering so many benefits, we’d be mad to let arthritis stop us from doing it. (NOTE: if your arthritic pain is truly too severe to allow exercise, it is critical that you contact your health professional for assistance). Let’s take a look at some of the ‘joint-friendly’ exercise options available to arthritis sufferers:  
  1. Swimming

Swimming is a great low-impact option that gives your entire body a workout. With your joints suspended in water, the pain associated with other stop-start exercises like tennis or high-impact exercises like running is hugely reduced. In addition to being a great whole-body exercise, swimming is an excellent way to unwind. Try swimming once or twice a week, but be sure to compliment it with some weight bearing exercises like walking to help maintain bone health.  
  1. Cycling

Like swimming, cycling is low impact, meaning less pressure is placed on your joints. A great lower body and cardio workout, you can choose between getting out on the road and getting some fresh air or saddling up on the exercise bike at your local gym.  
  1. Light resistance / weight training

Warning: resistance training for arthritis sufferers should be approached with caution. Poor technique or pushing yourself to lift heavy weights can cause damage to arthritic joints. However, if done correctly, you can build muscle and the strength of joints. This results in greater joint stability and can help arthritic symptoms. If you are interested in starting weight training for arthritis, we recommend you contact a professional fitness trainer.  
  1. Walking

Walking is another low impact exercise that gives significant benefit to arthritis sufferers. Find a walking buddy to keep you motivated, and try to find different routes to walk to keep things interesting. Keeping the pace up will help ensure you raise your blood pressure to get the blood pumping. Aim for 30-45 minutes 4 times a week, and keep the pace sufficient that you are puffing slightly.  
  1. Pilates

Pilates is a great way to relax whilst strengthening muscles that support and stabilise your joints. It consists of a range of stretches, poses and exercises that focus on getting your body moving in unison. It can also increase your flexibility, which can also help reduce arthritic pain. Many community centres offer pilates classes for free or a small fee because it has such wide-ranging benefits. If you are interested in trying pilates, ask your local doctor, community centre or gym. ------ Do you suffer from arthritis? Let us know your favourite way to exercise in the comments section below. This article was provided by our online partner Health365. For more information on dealing with arthritis, visit www.health365.com.au.
Tips For Choosing The Best Krill Oil
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Tips For Choosing The Best Krill Oil

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