Sunday, June 28, 2009

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Dear Friends,

Its our great plasure to share the topic related to health, hope you are enjoying the articles, in this present article we are going to present you about the one of essential fatty acid called Omega 3. Omega-3s are termed essential fatty acids (EFAs) because they are critical for good health. Since the body cannot make them on its own, omega-3s must be obtained from food.

Omega 3 may be just the thing to offer you some relief if you suffer from any immune system disease. These can include such illnesses as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, or eczema. There have been many studies showing a significant improvement and boost in the immune system when Omega 3 has been increased in people suffering from these ailments.

Why we need Omega3 ?

Scientific studies have found that omega3 fatty acids are good for the heartand lower the death rate from heart attacks.Other effects of these acids include anti-inflammatory and anti-blood clotting actions,lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and reducing blood pressure.There is also evidence that omega3 fatty acids may also reduce the risk of diabetes,stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerate colitis,some cancers, and mental decline.

Key Functions

  • Reduce hypertension. Studies of large groups of people have found that the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids may aid in lowering overall blood pressure level.

  • Improve heart health. Omega-3 fatty acids may play a part in keeping cholesterol levels low, stabilizing irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), and reducing blood pressure.

  • Protecting the heart. Researchers now believe that alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), one of the omega-3s, may be particularly beneficial in protecting against heart and blood vessel disease, and for lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Food Sources

Key omega-3 fatty acids include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexanoic acid (DHA), and alpha-lineolenic acid (ALA). EPAs and DHAs are found in oily cold-water fish such as tuna, salmon, and mackerel, as well as fresh seaweed. ALAs are found primarily in dark green leafy vegetables, flaxseed oils, and certain vegetable oils. But the thing is human body can extract only 10% of omega3 from the ALA.


There is no established recommended daily intake for omega-3s, but a healthy diet containing significant amounts of foods rich in this essential fatty acid is recommended.

Omega-3 fatty acids are very safe to consume. However, most experts recommend limiting fish consumption to two to three servings weekly because so many fish may be tainted with mercury and other contaminants. Fish oil capsules do not usually present this same risk. There are wide rage of omega3 capsules are available in the market, one thing we need to keep in mind that the high price involved in the purification of fish oil, so to test your capsule how much pure fish oil they used to prepare that :

To test your capsule you need to put your capsule you need to keep that in a plastic zip lock cover and keep it in deep freezer for 6hr and take it out and cut that into two parts if fresh oil is coming out of that mean its a pure fish oil Omega 3, the reason behind this is pure fish oil will be in liquid format only.

Safety Evidence

There are no known side effects associated with increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids through foods, although fish oil capsules do pose the risk of a "burp" factor – a harmless, sometimes unpleasant, fishy aftertaste that occurs with some brands of fish oil capsules.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Health is Wealth

Hello Friends,
We all hear that "Health is Wealth" from our elders. To maintain the better health we need to understand lot of things. In today's fast life & food habits we are not getting proper nutrition for optimal health. So i would like to share few basics about smart nutrition secretes with all of you.
Lets Start this with C Vitamin. when it comes to Vitamins, every one will say that we are taking Optimal food for better health. That may be correct but lets see how much Vitamin C we need per day & how much Vitamin C will be there in your everyday food.
Vitamin C or L-ascorbic acid is an essential nutrient for humans.The vast majority of animals and plants are able to synthesize their own vitamin C, through a sequence of four enzyme-driven steps, which convert glucose to vitamin C. The glucose needed to produce ascorbate in the liver (in mammals and perching birds) is extracted from glycogen; ascorbate synthesis is a glycogenolysis-dependent process. In reptiles and birds the biosynthesis is carried out in the kidneys.
Among the animals that have lost the ability to synthesise vitamin C are simians (specifically the suborder haplorrhini, which includes humans),These animals all lack the L-gulonolactone oxidase (GULO) enzyme, which is required in the last step of vitamin C synthesis, because they have a defective form of the gene for the enzyme. Some of these species (including humans) are able to make do with the lower levels available from their diets by recycling oxidised vitamin C.
In humans, vitamin C is essential to a healthy diet as well as being a highly effective antioxidant, acting to lessen oxidative stress; a substrate for ascorbate peroxidase; and an enzyme co-factor for the biosynthesis of many important biochemicals. Vitamin C acts as an electron donor for eight different enzymes.

Ascorbic acid is well known for its antioxidant activity. Ascorbate acts as reducing agent to reverse oxidation in aqueous solution. When there are more free radicals (Reactive oxygen species) in the body versus antioxidant, human is under the condition called Oxidative stress. Oxidative stress induced diseases encompass cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, chronic inflammatory diseases and diabetes. The plasma Ascorbate concentration in oxidative stress patient (less than 45umol/L) measured is lower than healthy individual (61.4-80umol/L). According to McGregor and Biesalski increasing plasma ascorbate level may have therapeutic effects in oxidative stress individual. Individual with oxidative stress and healthy individual have different pharmacokinetics of ascorbate.

Recommendations for vitamin C intake have been set by various national agencies:

60 milligrams per day: the United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency
75 milligrams per day: the World Health Organization
60 mg/day: Health Canada 2007
60–95 milligrams per day: United States' National Academy Of Sciences.

The United States defined Tolerable upper intake level for a 25-year-old male is 2,000 milligrams per day.

Mostly when all the about items are not cooked the vitamin C availablity is given, When you cook the that might change.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Importance of Calcium

Dear Readers,

Every one of us now that Calcium is important for bone and teeth, lets have look into few topics about bone health.

Bone health is important so that your bones will be healthy and strong throughout your lifetime. It is especially important to build strong and healthy bones in the childhood and teen years to avoid osteoporosis and other bone problems later in life. Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones are fragile, making them fracture or break much easier. Taking care of your bones when you’re young will help prevent problems in the future.

You can build strong bones by getting enough calcium and weight-bearing physical activity during the and teen years, when bones are growing their fastest. Young people in this age group have calcium needs that they can’t make up for later in life. In the years of peak skeletal growth, teenagers build more than 25 percent of adult bone. By the time teens finish their growth spurts around age 17, 90 percent of their adult bone mass is established.

Your body continually removes and replaces small amounts of calcium from your bones. If your body removes more calcium than it replaces, your bones will become weaker and have a greater chance of breaking. By getting lots of calcium when you’re young, you can make sure your body doesn’t have to take too much from your bones. Bones have their own “calcium bank account,” so depositing as much calcium as possible during your tween and teen years will help you reach your mass. After age 18 the account closes – so you can’t add any more calcium to your bones. You can only maintain what is already stored to help your bones stay healthy.

Bones are living tissue. Weight-bearing physical activity causes new bone tissue to form, which makes bones stronger. This kind of physical activity also makes muscles stronger. When muscles push and tug against bones during physical activity, bones and muscles become stronger. For more information on weight-bearing physical activity and bone health, visit the Milk Matters Web site section, Increasing for better bone health.

But when it come to a point of taking calcium most of the people will say that they are taking enough calcium for there body. Let have a look into the following table how much calcium human body requires depending on age.

In the above table each glass represent 8 fl oz ( or 224ml ) milk, this is the recommended minimum calcium in take. Many of us will say that not only milk other food also we will have calcium we are taking that. but the fact is the many of us are not taking the necessary quantity of calcium if you want to know how much calcium will be there in other food please post your e-mail id in comments, i will update you with that data.

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