Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Omega-3, Hair, and Body

So what's so good about omega-3?

SHORT BACKGROUND: Omega-3 is an essential, polyunsaturated fatty acid. Essential fatty acids cannot be produced by the human body, and thus must be absorbed from food. Polyunsaturated fats have been suggested to lower levels of LDL (i.e., "bad") cholesterol.

OMEGA-3 FOR THE BODY:
Research suggests that omega-3 may been helpful against:
* heart disease * stroke * cancer * arthritis
* hypertension (i.e., high blood pressure) * depression
* high cholesterol * diabetes * etc.

OMEGA-3 FOR THE HAIR:
Omega-3 is not only essential for the body, but important for scalp health. "A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look (Ref 3)."

HOW I GET MY OMEGA-3:
Nature's Path Organic Cereal, Pumpkin Raisin Crunch, Flax Plus (contains flax seeds; also a great source for whole grain); Tropicana Healthy Heart Orange Juice - with Omega-3; Salmon; Silk Soy Milk, Omega-3 Plus. NOTE: Tilapia (my most favorite fish) is NOT a good source for omega-3.

DON'T OVERDO IT:
Omega-3 must be balanced with omega-6 in your diet. Please read the first two article links below AND consult your doctor before heading out to the store.

SOURCES:
OMEGA-3
GOOD FAT, BAD FAT
TOP 10 FOODS FOR HEALTHY HAIR

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