Are fish oil supplements just as good as eating fish?
Probably not, especially if the supplements are in the “ethyl ester” form.
A recent study examined how at the molecular level, omega-3 fat and DHA lower blood pressure. The scientists looked at both the natural food “triglyceride” form and the ethyl ester supplement form.
They found that the natural form of DHA lowered blood pressure by triggering relaxation in the muscles of the artery walls. To their surprise, however, the supplement ethyl ester form of DHA had no beneficial effect on lowering blood pressure and even worse, actually interfered with the natural DHA’s beneficial effects.
Unfortunately, most fish oil supplements are in the ethyl ester form. Be sure to look carefully at the fine print on the label to determine whether the fish oil supplement is in the natural “triglyceride” form or the “ethyl ester” form.
One brand in the natural form is Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega.
In my view, however, the best choice is to get your vital omega-3 fats from oily fish like wild salmon and to only use fish oil supplements if you cannot or do not eat fish.
The omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fish oil are not made by the body and must be consumed in the diet. The fatty acids work to lower the body’s production of triglycerides. High levels of triglycerides can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Consumption of fatty fish or fish oil supplements may have other health benefits as well including reduced joint inflammation and a reduced risk of age-related mental issues.
If you’ve shopped for fish oil supplements, you may have seen a product called “krill oil” on store shelves.
Whereas most fish oil supplements are made from fatty fish like sardines, mackerel, and anchovies, krill oil is made from krill — tiny, shrimp-like crustaceans found in the sea.
Some studies have found that krill oil supplements may do a better job of getting the working fatty acids, EPA and DHA, into the cells.
Krill oil also contains more EPA than fish oil and has other beneficial substances, including phospholipids that help brain cell function, and antioxidants that fight off free radicals in the body.
Krill oil supplements have still other benefits for menstruating women. A 2003 study published in the journal “Alternative Medicine Review” found that krill oil supplements were effective in reducing menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome symptoms.
One word of caution if you take or are planning to take krill oil or any form of fish oil supplement. If you are on prescription medication, let your doctor know about the fish oil supplements as these may interact with certain drugs such as blood thinners.
Are fish oil supplements just as good as eating fish?
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Boost your energy without caffeine
When your energy level starts nose-diving in mid-afternoon, do you reach for a cup of java or that canned energy drink for help?
If so, you’re like a growing number of American men and women. In one recent USDA report, women in their 30s consume about 165 milligrams of caffeine each day, but by age 50, the daily average climbs to 225 milligrams.
While the cup of daily coffee isn’t bad ― the antioxidants in java are good for you ― a half dozen cups a day can be. Not only that, it’s like putting a bandage on the problem. Instead, combat your fatigue with these energy boosters.
Dream becomes reality only when you persevere
A young boy grew up in Berea, in a family that was blessed with a variety of musical talents.
His mother was a member of a female group who performed onstage regularly at Renfro Valley, in Rockcastle County.
This young man would routinely attend shows to watch his mother, and other artists, perform on stage. He was eager to learn from them every chance he could. He knew from a young age he wanted to pursue a career in the music industry and was willing to seek advice and mentoring from those who were experienced in the industry.
’Tis the season for giving
There is a feeling of pride that wells up in all parents when they see their children giving something of theirs to another person. It is all the more poignant when children are giving something that they greatly value and reflects a significant sacrifice on their part.
Young children are often looking for ways to contribute and help others’ out. The trick for parents is to have children continue their giving behaviors as they get older.
Moving to Richmond was the right decision
I was just thinking the other day about a decision I made 30 years ago that was definitely right.
I answered the call of First Baptist Church in Richmond to serve as its minister of music. My first Sunday in that position was Nov. 27, 1983.
The shopping frenzy cuts into Thanksgiving
Anyone who was out this weekend, whether to join in the bargain hunt or out of necessity, met with heavy traffic and people on a mission. Some in a great holiday mood and some frustrated with it all.
I heard a lot of talk about the days when the “blue law” that kept businesses closed on Sunday was in effect. This law came about in colonial times to keep a “rigid religious standard.” But as time progressed, it was shown that those not necessarily religious liked the idea, too, as a family day and day of rest from a busy world.
Does first Thanksgiving compare our observance?
I have done some research on what our forefathers actually ate on the first Thanksgiving in America. This is probably what happened.
Prepare your home for the holiday
Reading “The Night Before Christmas” has always been one of my favorite holiday traditions. In the poem the family has prepared for a visit from St. Nicholas with stockings hung by the chimney with care. The chimney must have been clean because Santa came down it with no trouble, just a little ashes and soot on his fur.
Difficult ordeal made easier by caring friends
I was just thinking the other day about a number of things related to my broken hip and that were happy experiences rather than difficult ones.
Resistance to change prevents opportunities
“I heard we may be getting a new computer system installed” a co-worker shares with you. “I heard the changes to the system may be pretty big. I don’t know if I can learn a whole new system again. It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that we had to upgrade to this one.”
St. Mark Christmas Bazaar Dec. 7
St. Mark's Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. One of the favorite items, the Cookie Trays, a glass plate filled with delicious homemade cookies and decorated with holiday flair will again be available as will tables of other baked goods including pies, cakes, coffeecakes, fruitbreads, candy, and homemade bread. Jams, jellies and pickles will add to the goodies that will tempt your palate. There will also be craft items and a silent auction of two wooden angels, nearly life-size and handcrafted by parishioner Don Fourre, that will be a bargain. What would be a better time than now to purchase them to decorate the front of your home.
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