Why Omega-3s Are Important

omega-3Are you getting enough omega-3s in your diet? Many people are still falling short! If you aren’t getting enough in your diet, there are lots of reasons why you should consider supplementing.

Omega-3 is a type of fat that is found in some kinds of fish, plants and seafood. There are three main types of omega-3 fatty acids: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Continue reading “Why Omega-3s Are Important”

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Valentine’s Day Dessert: Strawberry Chia Pudding

strawberry valentineThis yummy Strawberry Chia Pudding is the perfect treat to show someone how much you love them. The recipe is vegan and is made with strawberries, chia seeds and nondairy milk. This is from Dr. Neal Barnard’s Cookbook for Reversing Diabetes.

Chia seeds contain high concentrations of fiber, protein and healthy omegas, as well as the minerals calcium, phosphorus and manganese. Studies have shown chia seeds as an effective means to boost plasma ALA and EPA omega-3 levels. Omega-3s have been shown to reduce inflammation and lower the risk of certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Further, omega-3s are excellent for brain and skin health, Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Dessert: Strawberry Chia Pudding”

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Understanding Blood Pressure

blood pressureAccording to the CDC, 75 million Americans have high blood pressure. And another one in three Americans are at risk for developing high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States. The American Heart Association now defines high blood pressure as 130/80 mm Hg or higher.

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries that carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can damage your heart and cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. Continue reading “Understanding Blood Pressure”

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New Studies: Fish Oil Reduces Heart Attacks

fish oilTwo studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine have found that healthy people who eat fish with omega-3s or take fish oil supplements suffer fewer heart attacks than people who do not have omega-3s in their diet.

One study called The Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial (VITAL) found that healthy people who took a fish oil supplement suffered fewer heart attacks, particularly if they were African American or did not regularly eat fish. The fish oil supplements reduced risk of heart attack by 28% over a 5-year follow-up period. Continue reading “New Studies: Fish Oil Reduces Heart Attacks”

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Super Seeds to Add to Your Diet

seedy-granolaSmall in size, seeds are one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet and have a wide range of health benefits. They are an easy way to add nutrients to your diet without breaking the bank and usually without having to plan ahead and prepare them. Healthy seeds can be added to salads, baked goods and smoothies for extra protein, nutrition and texture.

Next time you are making a salad, grabbing some Greek yogurt, or baking a batch of granola, consider throwing in some super seeds, such as these. Continue reading “Super Seeds to Add to Your Diet”

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    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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