Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Day 11: Update and Research News

Today was a good day as far as accomplishing things goes. I took my one hour walk right on schedule. I am still suffering from the physical effects of anxiety so I practiced mindfulness for the entire hour. It is getting much easier for me to be mindful. I use it at night when I am going to sleep now. I would have never thought that I could give up continual active thinking so easily! OK, it hasn't exactly always been easy, but really all it took was a little bit of regular practice.

On the nutrition front, many people take omega 3 supplements or try to eat foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease. I think this is an excellent idea because research shows a strong correlation between omega 3 intake and having a healthy cardiovascular system. A recent research study set out to see if there was any difference in the longer chain omega 3's found in fish and the shorter chain omega 3's found in vegetable sources such as flaxseed. The study found that those receiving omega 3's from fish had a higher reduction in heart disease than those getting the same amount of omega 3's from vegetable sources. It is hypothesized that this is due to the fact the the longer chain omega 3's reduce inflammation more than the shorter chain sources. Inflammation is thought to be a major cause of cardiovascular disease.

Obviously if you are a vegetarian, please keep on using flax sources, but if you eat meat anyways, fish and fish oil supplements are the way to go to have the biggest improvement in your cardiovascular health.

1 comment:

dpmsurf said...

The long chained omega 3 DHA and EPA have been show to be better then the short chained ALA. SO like you said the animal based omega 3 are better. Some now believe that krill oil is better then fish oil but I will argue that at a later time. Flax may not have the best omega 3 but it really does have it's pluses for example it has very high fiber both soluble and insoluble. It is also high in lignans which are supposed to be anti cancer and other health benefits. Flax also tastes pretty good. So flax may be an inferior way to increase your omega 3 it is good for you. To Learn More About -> Omega 3