Part 2 of the H.O.P.E Program – Omega-3 Oils

Brenda WatsonOmega-3Brenda Watson is one of the pioneers in today’s nutritional marketplace. She has a singular focus on digestive care. I can endorse Brenda for her products which are innovative and for her educational efforts which are legendary. Brenda has written or co-authored some of the most important books on digestive care, and if you have a digestive issue, I highly recommend her books which will guide you in dealing with digestive problems. You may have seen Brenda on one of her PBS specials and she has appeared many times in popular press. Her information and teaching style are easily understood and yet highly profound in the importance of her message.

This interview is Part 2 of our 4 part series on Brenda’s H.O.P.E. program. High fiber, Omega-3 oils, Probiotics, and Enzymes. Her message is straight forward. One of the most important things a person can do when they have digestive issues is evaluate how to incorporate these 4 elements. The four parts of the H.O.P.E. program are critical for digestive health. They are also foundational to maintain good digestive health. And good digestive health is necessary for whole body health. The food you eat is your only source of the nutritional factors that build health. To receive value from those foods, you must have a digestive system that functions normally. You are not only what you eat, but also what you absorb and utilize.

Part 2 – Omega-3 Oils

Heart SupportQ: What is Omega-3?
A: Omega-3 is a sub-group of essential fatty acids. Flax seed and some plants provide an Omega-3 fat (ALA), but seafood, fish and fish oil provide the two most biologically functional Omega-3 fats (EPA and DHA). Research shows that most Americans do not consume enough Omega-3 and confirms that consuming adequate amounts of Omega-3 from fish oil improves health and may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Q. What are essential fatty acids?
A: Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are good-for-you fats the human body cannot make on its own. For this reason, we need to get our EFAs from food or supplements. Technically, they are long-chain unsaturated fatty acids. Fatty acids are building blocks used in every cell in your body. From their cellular position, EFAs direct and manage vital body functions, such as inflammation and proper heart, joint, eye, brain and immune function.

Q: Why should I take fish oil supplements?
A: Fish oil supplements supply the essential fatty acid, Omega-3. Omega-3 can only be obtained from the food and supplements we consume. Because the typical American diet is very low in Omega-3 fats, it is very beneficial to supplement your dietary intake of Omega-3 with fish oil supplements.

Digestive SupportQ: What are the main benefits of taking fish oil supplements?
A: Omega-3 oils are essential to healthy digestion and help nourish the cells in the intestinal tract as well as provide the lubrication necessary for regular, healthy bowel elimination.‡ They have also been shown to significantly improve overall health by supporting the nervous system, brain, heart and other organs.‡

Q: What are EPA and DHA?
A: EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are two healthy Omega-3 fats found in fish, seafood, and seaweed. EPA and DHA have been researched extensively and are known to be beneficial for heart health, joints, the immune system, healthy mood and brain health.‡

Q: How much Omega-3 EPA and DHA do most people get each day?
A: The average American consumes fewer than 0.2 grams (200 mg) of Omega-3 EPA/DHA per day.

Q: What is the recommended daily intake of Omega-3 EPA and DHA?
A: The American Heart Association recommends people with known coronary heart disease take approximately 1 gram (1,000 mg) of EPA/DHA daily.‡ For people who have no known heart disease, they recommend the equivalent of 500 mg of EPA/DHA daily.

Brain SupportQ: What is the recommended daily intake of Omega-3 EPA and DHA for people who want to support healthy triglyceride levels?
A: The American Heart Association reports that supplementation with 2–4 grams (2,000–4,000 mg) of EPA/DHA can help lower triglycerides. The Q & A are from .…READ MORE….

My opinion: I believe that fish oils (or some form of marine omega-3) is the most important thing you can do if you have any inflammatory condition. The Most Important. The reason is that fatty acids form the membranes of our cells. The fatty acids on the cells is made up of the fats you eat. Eat omega-3 and you will have omega-3 in all of your cells. Eat omega-6 and you will have cells made of omega-6. Most Americans are highly over balanced on omega-6. So what? An abundance of omega-3 is anti-inflammatory. An abundance of omega-6 is inflammatory. The only way to shift your inflammatory status is to shift the balance of omega-3 fatty acids throughout your body. Nothing else you can do will fix this. The only solution is to change your consumption of fats. Consume more omega-3 AND consume less omega-6.

Other anti-inflammatory nutrients such as enzymes and herbs are mostly helpful after the fact. They help reduce or mitigate the effects of inflammation. But they do not correct the fundamental fatty acid imbalance. Correct the omega-3 imbalance and you will improve most inflammatory conditions. You must also support your body with structure and function nutrients, but without omega-3, you will not be fully successful at addressing inflammation. Listen to our other interviews on omega-3 and you will gain a new appreciation for the importance of this nutritional substance.

About Brenda Watson,
Book Gut SolutionsFor over 20 years, Brenda Watson has dedicated her career to helping people achieve vibrant, lasting health through improved digestive function. A dynamic health advocate and celebrated PBS-TV health educator, she is among the foremost authorities in America on optimum nutrition and digestion, natural detoxification methods, and herbal internal cleansing.

Brenda has intensely studied many philosophies of health and natural healing with the premiere teachers of our time. She was inspired to establish natural healthcare clinics in Florida specializing in cleansing and detoxification and is still inspired today in sharing her knowledge with a wider audience on Public Television. Brenda’s hit PBS shows The Road to Perfect Health and Heart of Perfect Health have empowered millions in their quest for better health and revolutionized the way Americans view the vital link between digestion and total-body wellness.

Brenda is also the author of New York Times bestselling The Fiber 35 Diet as well as many other popular health guides. The “Diva of Digestion’s” knowledge is surpassed only by her enthusiasm and mission to help people through awareness and education. Brenda’s high-energy, no-nonsense approach to bodily functions and health has made her one of today’s most popular health experts. Her latest book is The Skinny Gut Diet.

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You can enhance your defenses against colds and flu.

Dean MorrsNatural Immune SupportEveryone has an interest in staying healthy throughout the cold and flu season. Here on our goal is to  help you discover some of the best nutritional products. We do that by interviewing some of the best experts in the natural products industry. There are hundreds of nutritional supplements that are being sold for immune system support. How do you know if these products are effective? What criteria do you use to distinguish one product from the next?

One way to do that is by listening to In every podcast, I explore the science of nutrition. This is a golden age of nutritional science as we now have thousands of studies and clinical trials that have revealed that nutritional products can be highly effective and safe for most health challenges. One of the assurances that consumers can have is in the clinically studied raw materials that are used by supplement manufacturers.

My interview with 5th generation master herbalist Dean Morris is focused on two of these trademarked ingredients found in Rapi-Defense from Nature’s Way. EpiCor (dried fermentate made using Saccharomyces cerevisiae) 500 mg and Immuno-LP20 (heat-killed Lactobacillus plantarum L-137) 50 mg. My guess is that most of you have not heard about these two ingredients. The clinical studies are compelling and I expect that you will hear more about these ingredients in the coming years. The third ingredient is the mineral zinc, which has a long history of clinical studies showing it’s importance in immune health.

I had a recent opportunity to put this product to the test. I experienced a lingering sinus drainage and cough that would not go away. I added the Rapi-Defense from Nature’s Way to my program and within a few days, my month long problem resolved itself. I have found that I can always get over immune issues by a well reasoned plan and use of quality supplements. Now I keep Rapi-Defense in my natural medicine chest.


Unlike other immune ingredients, EpiCor strengthens your body’s immune defenses in many ways. It helps reinforce your first and second lines of active defense, increases antioxidant protection and also may help support good gut health.

First Line of Defense. EpiCor strengthens a first line of active defense by helping increase secretory immunoglobin A (sIgA) in saliva. sIgA is the primary antibody found in mucus, tears, saliva, mother’s milk and other areas. When pathogens get to your skin, eyes, mouth and other mucus membranes, sIgA is there to help by trapping bacteria before they cause harm. So, what happens when the first line gets breached? That is when a second line of defense comes in.

Second Line of Defense. EpiCor strengthens a second line of active defense by helping increase Natural Killer (NK) cell activity. NK cells are a type of white blood cell circulating in our blood and organs that are fast and effective in seeking out and destroying infected cells at the initial occurrence. NK cells are called “natural killer” because they don’t need to be activated by other cells to differentiate “good” cells from “bad” cells. This makes them much quicker to respond to keep your body healthy.

Antioxidant Power
Antioxidants circulate in your blood and tissues and help protect from cellular oxidative damage, which may affect how your immune system works over time. EpiCor helps strengthen your immune defenses by increasing antioxidant power in as little as two hours.

Gut Health
Most people don’t know that around 70% of your immune cells are actually found in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Fewer still know how important a role beneficial bacteria play in proper immune function. Prebiotics are foods that nourish the beneficial bacteria, like bifidobacteria and lactobacilli, in your GI tract. Prebiotics help the good bacteria grow and multiply so your gut stays healthy. EpiCor has been shown to act like a prebiotic in sophisticated digestive system models. Excerpt on EpiCor is from READ MORE

Immuno_LP_20Immuno LP20 (Lactobacillus plantarum (HK L-137))

A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science has demonstrated daily oral intake of heat-treated Lactobacillus plantarum (HK L-137), the dominant constituent of House Wellness Foods’ flagship immunobiotic formula Immuno-LP20, decreases the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) in healthy subjects with high levels of psychological stress.

House Wellness Foods began its research on the HK L-137 lactobacillus nearly three decades ago, based on an approach to food preservation through fermentation that has been used in Japan for hundreds of years. Both randomized and targeted studies provided anecdotal, but unambiguous support for the claim that heat-treated Lactobacillus plantarum could both prevent upper respiratory tract infections and ameliorate symptoms when they do occur.

The double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science included 78 subjects exposed to demonstrable physical and psychological stress, which is known to disrupt the regulation of the immune system. Subjects were randomly assigned to receive a tablet containing HK L-137 (10 mg) or a placebo tablet daily for 12 weeks. URTI incidence was significantly lower in the HK L-137 group than in the control group. URTI incidence, duration and severity, and duration of medication showed significant negative correlations with duration of HK L-137 intake. Excerpt on Immuno LP20 is from READ MORE

Nature’s Way Rapi-Defense

Rapi-DefenseOne of the things I like about this product is that you can take just 1 per day to support natural immune function. If you come down with something you can also take more capsules daily to support your immune defenses. Nature’s Way has been a leader in the natural products industry for over 40 years and has introduced some of our best nutritional and herbal supplements. Rapi-Defense is the only product that I know that contains these two innovative ingredients into one product.

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Stress is linked to many aspects of both physical and mental health. Over time, stress can negatively affect the health of the digestive, immune and nervous systems. While the underlying causes of stress must be examined before one can truly heal oneself, dietary supplements can aid in the process. Holy basil, in particular, is an effective way to both prevent and combat the damaging effects of everyday stressors.

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131 – Earthing – What is It and Why Should You Care? – My Interview with Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Earthing, or grounding as it is often called, simply means connecting to the Earth’s natural, negative surface charge by being barefoot outside or in bare skin contact with conductive systems indoors while you sleep, relax, or work. A simple concept, yes. But one with profound impact on the physiology.

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130 – Pain Free 1, 2, 3 – My Interview with Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum

In his 30 years of clinical experience treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Syndrome Dr. Teitelbaum has found that his S.H.I.N.E. approach is successful in the vast majority of patients. S.H.I.N.E. identifies five key areas related to the body that, when addressed in combination, provide a blueprint for promoting optimal energy. There are sleep, hormones, infection/inflammation, nutrition and exercise.

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129 – Are Tocotrienols the Most Important Form of Vitamin E? – My Interview with Dr. Barrie Tan

All of you know about vitamin E. It’s benefits have been researched for almost 100 years. What many of you may not know is that there 8 different vitamin E molecules and they all have different properties and benefits.

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128 – Omega-3 for Women and Children – My Interview with Dr. Aimee Shunney

Omega-3Everyone who is interested in nutrition knows about fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids. We all understand that they are important. What we often fail to understand is how the nutrients exert their effects. How do these important nutrients work? Consumers often get stuck not knowing what to take or why.

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127 – Probiotics for Digestive and Immune Health – My Interview with Dr. Don Brown

Probiotics have finally hit the mainstream. TV commercials now tout the benefits of probiotics for digestive health. Welcome to club. Health food stores have been promoting probiotics for over 40 years. I purchased probiotics and live culture yogurt and kefir over 40 years ago in a California health food store. These are not new things.

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I will bet that most people don’t get enough or know enough about fiber. Fiber is good for constipation or fiber is good for cholesterol. Fiber has those benefits and many more.

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Curcumin has become one of the world’s best selling herbal extracts. With good reason. The science of curcumin has revealed that curcumin has powerful health benefits. HOWEVER, curcumin is very difficult to absorb and that makes it very difficult to achieve therapeutic blood levels. There is ongoing research into how to increase the therapeutic effects of curcumin, by getting more into the blood stream

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