Fatty Acids

Equipping you to get the most out of your Quantum Biofeedback session, we’d like to offer some of the basics to build a strong foundation.  We’ve all been swayed from time to time to try new tactics or pills to get the desired results- We want to make sure that our foundations hold the same truths proven time and time again to lead to wellness.

Fatty Acids/Cod Liver Oil/Fish Oil

With our low-fat diets, the United States is extremely deficient in fatty acids such as Omega-3 fish oils. Everyone, no matter how healthy we think we are, should be taking daily doses of Cod Liver Oil. Fatty acids not only maintain and improve brain health, but they are an important factor in maintaining and improving heart health as well. Contrary to popular belief, fatty acids REDUCE bad cholesterol. Fish Oil has been proven to help the function of the heart, brain, and circulatory system. Taken at a higher dosage, it has also been shown to greatly improve, ADD, ADHD, and memory. Because our body does not have the natural ability to repair the myelin sheath on our nerve endings (damaged by the effects of stress), our cell’s ability to communicate becomes “frazzled” or “diminished”. Fish oil recoats or repairs this damage, allowing a visible improvement in focus, attention span, and behavior. Fish oil also has been shown to improve hormonal balance in both men and women.

Can I just eat a lot of fish?

To get the recommended quantity, you would have to eat Salmon for nearly every meal, which brings up its own issues. One of these issues is where the fish comes from, and mercury content  is now detected in every body of water on our planet.

Does it matter what Fish Oil I buy?

Not all supplements are created equal.  Some have even been found to have high enough levels of lead that put them in what the FDA would consider, “dangerous”. The source always matters. There are a couple that have been regularly 3rd party tested to ensure they are Mercury free. Those are: Nordic Naturals, Carlson’s, Zinzino and Barleans.

How much should I take?

Check the label before you buy. You could wind up needing to take a lot to get what you need.  This can wind up costing you more daily than you thought when you bought the bottle. The two ingredients that matter are: EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid).

Maintenance: 1,200 mg of EPA. 1,800 mg of DHA.  DAILY

Now, if you are deficient (if you’ve never had fish oil, consider yourself deficient), double this dosage (therapeutic dosage) for at least a month, before dropping to a maintenance dosage. If you are taking a therapeutic dosage, split the dosage; take with breakfast and dinner. If you are just taking it once a day, take in the morning.  If you have any known issue with your liver, take at night; it has been known to have a calming effect on the liver and can help sleep.

Should I buy liquid or capsule?

Really check the label! Gel caps usually have ½ the dosage of liquid. So you will need to take A LOT of gel caps to get what you need per day. The only time this makes sense is when you are traveling.  Again, look at the label, calculate what you get per capsule and do the math. The $$$ will add up quick.  If the issue is burping up the taste of fish oil all day, we have a digestive issue to address- totally separate issue.  If it tastes fishy, it’s bad. None of the above referenced have a fishy taste. This is not the same cod liver oil that your grandmother gave you years ago. Things have come a long way since then.

Can’t I just take Flax Seed Oil?

Sure, but flax seed oil only converts about 5% to DHA and EPA.  Flax Seed Oil is great as a natural way to help to stay regular, if constipation is a problem… but that again is another topic all together.

What if I’m a strict vegan?

There are great vegan products that source the Omega’s from land based and algae based sources of omega fatty acids such as: ALA from flax seed oil, GLA from borage oil, & DHA from algae, along with a variety of other plant-sourced essential fatty acids.

What is the difference between Cod Liver Oil and Fish Oil?

Typically one had Vitamin D and E added. The reality is it’s not enough to be a tipping point. You need 2,000 IU of Vitamin D daily. (Especially in Seattle, where there’s not much sunshine, the only natural source of Vitamin D).  Vitamin E helps the absorption of Fish Oil, which can also be helpful.

Are there any concerns with taking Fish Oil?

Fish oil is a natural blood thinner and benefits your circulatory system.  Consult your doctor if you are on prescriptive blood thinner, like Coumadin.

The myth of the low fat diet…

Since the 1980’s American’s have been obsessed with low fat diets; yet we are heavier and sicker than ever before. Cutting out fats means we are also cutting out the essential fats we need for brain and heart health. Healthy fats do not make us overweight and ill…sugar and processed foods is what makes us unhealthy. If your refrigerator is packed with diet meals such as Lean Cuisine, fat-free dressings, and I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter, I would love to sit down with you to help educate you on the healthy alternatives that will help you lose weight quicker, and live a much, much more satisfying and healthier lifestyle.

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