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Supplementation has become an ever-greater part of the collective psyche in the US. As dietary and lifestyle habits have changed, and more of us suffer from metabolic diseases due to excess weight, our understanding of bodily functions and vitamin and mineral interactions has improved. Are we on the right track, or have we taken it too far? Today, you can’t go to a big box store without seeing rows of supplements, from those we know well to obscure roots and herbs that we have difficulty pronouncing. With all the claims swirling around each of these supplements, do they have a place in maintaining cardiovascular health, or do they represent a Band-Aid for those looking for an easy way out? Continue reading →
It is well known that omega-3 fatty acids, a type of polyunsaturated fat, are critical for the function of many of our cells around the body, including in the brain. The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids extend to the heart and are protective against stroke as well. While we know this to be the case, there is some debate as to whether Omega-3s consumed as part of a healthier diet are any better than simply supplementing with one of the myriad pills available today.
Omega-3s have shown several benefits including lowering bread pressure, reducing triglycerides in the blood, reducing the risk of heart arrhythmias, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke and lowering the risk of sudden cardiac death amongst other benefits.
Dietary supplements are an ever-growing part of the American consciousness. We’ve all heard the ads and seen the articles written about the amazing benefits of certain supplements. As our collective health has deteriorated, we look for ways to keep our bodies a little bit healthier. Supplements seem to be a quick and easy way to make that happen.
Interestingly, the multibillion-dollar supplement industry remains largely unregulated by the FDA. This is baffling. So, at least for now, we must rely on our own research and clinical studies to evaluate the potential benefits and risks of the various supplements available.