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May 26, 2011

 

Let's talk fish oil for a second:

 

Why fish oil?

 

First off, fish oil is one of if not the only supplement that all doctors recommend. It is very rare to find any negative comments associated with fish oil. Given the fact that it thins your blood fish oil should not be taken before surgery for a few weeks or before deployment. 

 

 Fish oil, made from the tissue of oily fish-such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, lake trout and sardines-has many health benefits. Fish oil contains important Omega-3 fatty acids , most notably eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and decosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These Omega-3 fatty acids are believed to have health benefits ranging from reducing the risk of heart attack and coronary heart disease to combating depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

  

Good for the heart

Consumption of dietary fish or fish oil supplements can lower triglycerides-a certain type of blood fat-and increase "good" cholesterol, while slightly thinning the blood. All of these factors help reduce the risk of heart attack

   

Reduce inflammation

This is perhaps one of the most valuable benefits of the Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, as inflammation is associated with many serious diseases. Heart diseasecancerautoimmune diseasespsoriasis, and Alzheimer's, for example, are characterized by increased levels of pro-inflammatory markers. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil reduce inflammation by preventing production of pro-inflammatory signaling molecules. This may help to prevent serious illness associated with inflammation. 

 

 

There are many other reasons to take fish oil, these are the two that I thought were most interesting for you guys. 

  

 

Here are a few simple rules to follow in order to choose the highest quality fish oil supplement:

- The fish oil must contain Omega-3 fatty acids, not just "fish oil." Remember, it is from the Omega-3 fatty acids that we receive health benefits.

- The supplement should list the total amount of EPA and DHA on the label. You want to get a supplement where the total of the EPA and DHA adds up to the total amount of oils in the product. If there is only 350 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids but the capsule is 1,000 mg, what kind of oil makes up the missing 650 mg? The closer to the overall capsule size, the better.

- The oil should be pressed only from the flesh of the fish. Some supplements are pressed from heads, tails, or internal organs. You wouldn't eat these parts on a fish if you were obtaining your Omega-3 fatty acids via the food source. Thus, you shouldn't want a supplement made out of the inedible parts of the fish either.

- The fish used for the oil should be health screened and disease free. This means the manufacturer needs to know where their fish is coming from and must assess the fish before including them in their processing plant.

 

 

I have read and heard all different number's in regards to how many grams you should take. Basically their is no risk factors associated with fish oil up to about 3000mg or 3g. Keep in mind this is 3g of epa, dha....not the fluffer fish oil.

Their are many different brands to choose from. Try and pick one that follows the guidelines above, however I believe any fish oil is better than no fish oil at all. Their are liquid and capsule options, both work well it really depends what you like. The liquid can sometimes taste nasty and leave a lingering slimy feeling in your mouth. The pills can sometimes cause burps especially if you do not take them with food.

 

 

 

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Aaron got his first muscle up today! Congrats!

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When you really want to get intense....bust out the shin guards!


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ANTHONY JUMPED THIS TODAY!!!!!!!

  

 

Workout for Tomorrow:

 

We will be lifting heavy tomorrow. The movement will be decided in class.

 

40-30-20-10

Jumping Pull ups

Wall Ball shot

 

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Hey Jason,

What fish oil brand do you use?

Currently I use a brand called Barleans.

I use their fish oil and omega swirl products that taste amazing. (mango)

I have to disagree with one comment on that article. The fishhead contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids including the brain and/or eyeballs, both of which are edible, btw. Yep, fish eyeballs! Just ask Chris L. :-D

Congrats, Aaron!

Damn, Anthony!

Currently I use a brand called Barleans

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