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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 or dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. Scientists believe the omega-3 fatty acid DHA is protective against Alzheimer's disease and dementia."  

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.
5 Superfoods For Your Heart
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5 Superfoods For Your Heart

Keeping your heart healthy is as much about putting the right nutrients in to your body as it is about keeping the wrong substances out.  Foods that contain saturated fats, salt and high levels of processed sugar are all "No-no's" (as is smoking). If you are concerned about your heart, eating well and avoiding the above foods and toxins may help. Eating more of the below 5 superfoods for a healthy heart may also be of benefit to overall heart health. Looking after your heart is serious business. As this article is being written, heart disease is the leading underlying cause of death in Australia. If you have serious concerns about heart health, talking to your doctor should be your first step. Eating the foods below may help support your heart, but just eating these foods and neglecting other lifestyle factors that can contribute to heart problems will not guarantee a healthy heart.  

5 Superfoods For Your Heart

 

1. Salmon

Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce your risk of heart disease according to the Australian Heart Foundation. Omega-3 may also help reduce inflammation of blood vessels and reduce blood clotting. Try our Chia-Crusted Salmon recipe for a tasty, healthy way to get more salmon into your diet.  

2. Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds are - like salmon - rich in omega-3. In fact, on a pund-for-pound basis, chia seeds contain more omega-3 than salmon. Furthermore, chia seeds are rich in fibre. Diets high in fibre can reduce the risk of heart disease. Try our Chia Cacao Coconut Cluster recipe for a treat that you won't believe is heart-healthy.  

3. Tofu and/or Soy Milk

Both of these food sources contain niacin, folate, calcium magnesium and potassium. These nutrients are crtitical to help support the heart. Try our Banana Split Smoothie recipe - a delicious way to drink soy milk and top up fibre, protein and antioxidants.  

4. Acai

Acai is packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants are important for helping prevent potential cellular damage caused by free radicals - unstable molecules that are present in our body and attack cells in an effort to stabilise themselves. This damage can cause inflammation, and antioxidants can thus protect our body from the inflammation. Inflammation can be an aggravating factor in heart disease. Preliminary studies also suggest acai may be helpful for reducing blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels. Try our Acai Berry Breakfast recipe for a heart healthy start to the date.  

5. Cacao

You may have heard of studies that suggest a potential link between daily (dark) chocolate consumption and heart health. This link is likely because dark chocolate (60-70% cocoa) is rich in polyphenols: substances that can help reduce clotting, blood pressure and inflammation. What you may not know is that dark chocolate, and the cocoa used to make it, are actually the nutritionally inferior by-products of raw cacao. Raw cacao is rich in a number of nutrients that are critical for supporting heart health. It is the base ingredient used to make cocoa / dark chocolate (cacao is processed and cooked to turn it into cocoa, whihc is then processed further to create dark chocolate. This processing and cooking destroys much of the original nutritional content, so choosing cacao over cocoa is a good idea). Try our Choc Chilli Cacao Mousse recipe for a decadent, heart-friendly dessert. ------ This article is presented by our online health partner Health365. To buy Nature's Way Superfoods online, visit www.health365.com.au/shop.
5 Benefits of CoQ10
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5 Benefits of CoQ10

CoQ10 (co-enzyme Q10) is a substance found in our body that is ..
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Risk Factors for Heart Disease
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Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading underlying cause of death in Australia. Whilst some of the risk factors of heart disease are outside your control (age, gender, family history), many others are controllable. In order to help understand your personal risk of heart disease, it is useful to know whether you are exposing yourself to some of the leading risk factors for heart disease. NOTE: If you have heart disease or have serious concerns about your heart, your first step should be to see your health professional for a full health assessment and personalised diagnosis.

Risk Factors For Heart Disease

 

1. High Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol  is actually a fatty substance that your body needs for a number of functions such as digestion, vitamin D synthesis and making hormones. There are 2 types of cholesterol: 'good' cholesterol (HDL) and 'bad' cholesterol (LDL). High levels of 'bad' cholesterol can lead to narrowing arteries... As your levels of LDL cholesterol levels increase, so do your chances of heart disease. Diets high in processed foods including foods rich in saturated fats, salt and processed sugars increase LDL cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol, talk to your doctor for a plan on reducing your bad cholesterol levels. Krill Oil may be effective at helping some people manage healthy cholesterol balance when used in conjunction with healthy diet, lifestyle changes and regular physical activity.

2. High Blood Pressure

As with cholesterol, you should talk to your doctor to work out an individualised plan for managing high blood pressure. It can be managed in many cases through diet, exercise and weight management. Medications may also be required.

3. Diabetes

Diabetes can significantly damage the heart if not managed correctly. In many cases, diabetes can be controlled through diet, exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. Medications may be necessary. Again, your first step should be to talk to your doctor to create a plan for managing diabetes.

4. Sedentary Lifestyle

Numerous studies have shown that people who live inactive lifestyles have a significantly increased risk of heart disease. If you already have concerns about your heart health, talk to your doctor about appropriate exercises. Otherwise, aim to get 30 minutes a day at an intensity that is appropriate for your level of fitness.

5. Diet

It should be no surprise that diet is included here, as diet is a risk factor for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, all of which we have already covered. Avoid processed foods that are high in salt, sugar and saturated fat. Eat more fruit and vegetables. Finally, try to eat more of these 5 Superfoods for a healthy heart.

6. Quit Smoking

This should not be a surprise either. Heart disease is just one of hundreds of diseases and health problems cigarette smoke can cause.   ------ This article was provided by our online health partner Health365. For more information on heart health, visit www.health365.com.au.
Tips For Choosing The Best Krill Oil
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Tips For Choosing The Best Krill Oil

The benefits of krill oil are becoming increasingly well documented, but not all krill oils are the same in the Australian market. The krill oil market has changed considerably since 2011, and quality ranges from top quality products like our Krill Oil range to a large number of low-quality products in the market. It is important to ensure you are getting quality for money and not settling for an inferior product when you buy Krill Oil. Look for these three features to help you make a more informed decision when purchasing your krill oil.  
  1. Molecular distillation
The best quality krill oil will have undergone molecular distillation. Molecular distillation is a purification process that removes the final trace elements, toxins and heavy metals from krill oil before it is put in capsules, packed and shipped out to stores and consumers. Molecular distillation adds to the cost of the production process. Krill Oil that hasn’t undergone molecular distillation may result in a greater level of toxins and heavy metals in your krill oil. This can, in turn, damage health and cause disease in the medium to long term. All of Nature’s Way’s Krill products undergo molecular distillation for maximum purity.  
  1. Sustainable harvesting
Oceans are being overfished. It is important that both companies and consumers alike make changes to our behaviours in order to ensure our oceans’ health for generations to come. Nature’s Way are continually moving our products towards sustainable harvesting practices, and all Nature’s Way Calamari Oil and Krill Oil products are all sustainably harvested. Our Krill and Calamari Oil products have Friend of The Sea certification to prove it.  The same cannot be said for some 'no-name' krill oil brands found in bargain stores or bought over the internet.  
  1. Omega-3 content
The main reason you take krill oil is to increase omega-3 intake. However, it is astonishing (and sometimes worrying) the variation in omega-3 levels found in different krill oil brands. Some krill oils are simply more potent than others, and contain far more omega-3. Going for a cheaper krill oil can often be a false economy, as cheaper products may have lower omega-3 content so you need to take more capsules to get the same omega-3 boost. Look for a krill oil with 300mg or more of combined DHA + EPA per capsule (the two most common types of omega-3 needed by your body). When shopping for a krill oil, compare the backs of pack for the brands you are considering to ensure your cheaper option is not delivering a lower level of omega-3. This article was provided by our online partner Health365. For more information on picking the right omega-3 supplement for you, visit www.health365.com.au.  
Causes of High Cholesterol
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Causes of High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is quite often only discovered once a serious, ..
Odourless Fish Oil 1500mg
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Odourless Fish Oil 1500mg

Nature’s Way Odourless Fish Oil helps support healthy heart, brain, eyes and joint function. Nature’s Way Fish Oil is also great for general health and wellbeing. Available in 200 and 400 bulk value packs.