Seed and Vegetable Oils: Are They Bad or Beneficial for Health?

    The prevalence of processed vegetable and seed oils—like canola, safflower, and soybean oil—in today’s food supply has increased dramatically since the 1900s. [1,2] Seed oils initially got their “heart healthy” stamp of approval when studies discovered replacing saturated fats (like butter) with fats high in omega-6 polyunsaturated fats (like vegetable oils) can reduce cardiovascular disease risk. [3,4,5] 

    Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio: What Does It Mean and What's Optimal?

    Fat intake was once vilified, but we now know that fats, especially healthy fats, play a significant role in satiety, hormone health, heart health, and cognitive function. [1] One metric that’s been used as a standard to determine whether a person is getting the right types of fat in the right amount in their diet is the omega-6 (n-6) to omega-3 (n-3) ratio (sometimes called n6:n3 ratio). Today, those following a Western diet—characterized by a high intake of saturated fats, refined ...

    Science-Proven Habits That Boost Cognition

    There’s no doubt that we’re living through a technological revolution. And with the internet always at our fingertips, it seems like sheer brainpower is becoming obsolete. But whether we like it or not, our mental capacity follows the law of ‘use it or lose it;’ if we lean too heavily on technology as an external hard drive, we become more vulnerable to age-related cognitive decline. The good news? It’s never too early to start protecting your brain! And now, there's no need to wonder any ...

    Fish Oil Supplements: Heart-Healthy or Hoax?

    About 145 million Americans use nutritional supplements each year—that’s almost one-half of the population.[1] One of the most common is fish oil. They annually generate $1.2 billion in sales, according to Nutrition Business Journal. Manufacturers claim that these fish oil can lower your risk of cardiovascular diseases, improve immunity, and boost athletic performance. But what does the science say? In this article, the research of the effects of fish oil supplements on key health indicators in ...

    Fish Oil: Can It Keep Your Brain Sharp and Your Heart Fit?

    Fish oil has become increasingly popular in the last couple of years, as more people have started to understand the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in growth and development. Thanks to extensive amounts of scientific research and reporting by the media, fish oil is one of the most popular and widely-accepted supplements in the country. Americans spend nearly $1 billion per year on over-the-counter fish oil supplements.  Should fish oil become a part of your nutrition regimen?

    Chia seeds: should you add them to your diet?

    When you think of chia seeds, you may think of chia pets, those clay figurines with sprouts of chia that resemble green fur. But did you know that chia seeds can be a healthy addition to your diet? Chia seeds are from the desert plant Salvia Hispanica, which is a member of the mint family. Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and antioxidants. An InsideTracker blood analysis can tell you whether you need to increase your intake of any of these nutrients to ...

    What Supplements Do You Need?

    Do you take a vitamin or mineral supplement? Are you getting enough nutrients and should you worry about certain deficiencies? Or are you taking too many vitamins? Deciding whether to take a supplement and which one to take is tough because there are so many different types dietary supplements out there that it can be difficult to distinguish between misinformation and scientific advice. 
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