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Omega-3 fatty acids are critical for women’s health and children’s development.

Dr. Aimee ShunneyOmega-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. They don’t know, for example, how is fish oil different from glucosamine for joint support. They both have reported benefits in this area. Consumers tend to focus on their health challenges and can something help them. That is all well and good. However, if we never look beyond the condition to the cause, and to the tissues affected we will not be as successful in improving our health. Not for a lack of trying, but more for a failure to understand how to put together a nutritional program that works. Fish oil and omega-3 are a good example of this.

Necessary from womb to tomb
Fish oil and omega-3 have thousands of clinical studies revealing benefits through out the body. Why is this nutrient so universally beneficial? That is the topic I will explore with Dr. Shunney as it relates to women and children. But what Dr. Shunney reveals is that the benefits and need for omega-3 exist in humans from womb to tomb. We require omega-3 throughout our lifetimes. The problems associated with omega-3 deficiency are many and significant. My opinion is this: Omega-3 fatty acids are the single most important nutrient a person can take. I don’t take that position lightly. One of my main goals is to help you understand why this is so important.

Pregnant woman and childThe benefits of omega-3 in fish vs. the toxicity of mercury in fish.
There are confusing and conflicting reports and suggestions about whether pregnant women should avoid fish because of the mercury contamination. Mercury is a toxic chemical that affects brain and intelligence. There have been warning to pregnant women not to consume fish. Now there is conflicting advice suggesting that pregnant women should eat some fish every week for the omega-3 oils. There is evidence that omega-3 can increase the intelligence of the fetus. What’s a woman to do? Dr. Shunney discusses this dilemma and puts the controversy into context. The benefits of omega-3 vastly out weigh the problems associated with mercury. The bottom line is that omega-3 is so important that pregnant women should consume a modest but regular consumption of fish.

How to get pure omega-3
Women do not have to eat fish to get omega-3 fatty acids. You can take fish oil. Be sure to get a good quality of fish oil. A good quality fish oil should not smell or taste fishy. If it does it is not a good quality. This is important because when fish oil goes bad and you take it, you are consuming an oil that is now filled with rancid free radicals that are not good for you. Do not skimp on your fish oil.

About Dr. Aimee Shunney
Dr. Aimée Gould Shunney, Naturopathic Physician, sees patients in Santa Cruz and Campbell, CA, where she specializes in women’s health and family medicine. She blends conventional medical diagnosis and treatment with the use of natural therapeutics including dietary and lifestyle counseling, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and bio-identical hormones. She is also available for phone consultations. 

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We have many interviews on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids from some of the most important experts, doctors and researchers in the natural products industry. You should listen to these interviews. When you do, you will understand why I consider omega-3 to be the most important nutrient. There is NOTHING else that will fulfill your need for this nutrient. Without out a proper omega-3/omega-6 balance, you will never get inflammatory issues resolved. This is my personal opinion and not so stated by Dr. Shunney. CLICK HERE to see our list of omega-3 podcasts.

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The Benefits of Probiotics Are Far Greater Than Previously Imagined

Dr. Don BrownDigestive SupportProbiotics 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.

So now we have a lot of probiotic supplements on the market. Like every supplement there are distinctions. Not all probiotics are created equal. While yogurt is touted as the best source for beneficial bacteria, it is not necessarily the best. Yogurt is fine as a beneficial food. I eat yogurt almost every day. However I don’t rely on yogurt to be a therapeutic source of beneficial bacteria. You also have to be careful because cheap yogurt sometimes has no beneficial live bacteria.

In this interview with Dr. Don Brown, we will discuss the role of beneficial bacteria for digestive health, immune support and women’s urinary and vaginal health. Dr. Brown will discuss the science of probiotics and how they exert their effects. He explains why specific strains of bacteria are the best choice depending on your needs. Choosing the right product will be a big plus in finding the benefits. How can you as a consumer, know which products to trust? Here are some tips:

  • BacteriaPurchase products from well known and respected companies. The best products will be found in the nutrition supplement industry. If you don’t know then go to a good independent health food store.
  • Understand your objective. Are you looking for a general supplement or one for a specific purpose such as digestive health, immune health, women’s intimate health, etc. New studies have suggested that a healthy probiotic balance may have a positive impact on blood pressure.
  • Purchase products that are targeted for your objective. There are specific formulas, seek them out.
  • Purchase products that use clinically studied strains of bacteria. There are many strains of bacteria. They have not all been studied and shown to have the beneficial effects. You can always ask, is this probiotic clinically studied? If it does not say on the package, you cannot assume. Good companies want you to know what’s in their products. Never be afraid to ask.
  • Take them consistently and over time. Probiotics can rebuild your gut health if you give them a chance. Change your diet and lifestyle as well to suit your overall goals. Do not use supplements to excuse a crappy diet.
  • If you use antibiotics, current research suggests that you begin to take your probiotics at the same time you begin antibiotics. And for some time afterward. Antibiotics kill good bacteria as well and you need to get the good stuff back into your system before the bad bacteria come back. This is critical.

NW_Primadophilus_OptimaThe products we will mention fulfill the above criteria. Nature’s Way Supplement Company has numerous probiotics of various strains and potencies. You will be able to find one that suits your needs. The specific products are Nature’s Way Primadophilus Optima. One for digestive health and one for women’s health.

About Dr. Don Brown

Dr. Donald Brown is a naturopathic physician, author and one of the leading authorities in the U.S. on evidence-based herbal medicine and the safety and efficacy of nutritional supplements. He is the Director of Natural Product Research Consultants in Seattle, WA, providing services for companies in the natural product and pharmaceutical industries, as well as education for health care professionals. Dr. Brown served as Vice President of Medical and Educational Affairs for Schwabe North America (Nature’s Way, Enzymatic Therapy, and Integrative Therapeutics). He is a former assistant professor at the Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences. He serves on the Advisory Board of the American Botanical Council (ABC) and was a member of the Board of Directors for the International Probiotics Association for two years.

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126 – The Role of Fiber in Digestive Health – My Interview with Brenda Watson

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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125 – What is the Most Bioavailable Form of Curcumin? – My Interview with Dr. Michael Murray

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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124 – FDA Proposes New Lower Dietary Values – My Interview with Scott Tips

Maybe you heard a recent news release that touted the new nutrition labels recommended by the FDA. All in the name of making nutritional information more readily accessible to consumers. Sounds OK on the surface. But when you look closely at the recommend proposal you discover there are many more implications in this proposal than the simple press release would suggest.

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123 – Relax, Refresh and Revive with Suntheanine – My Interview with Julie Thibeau

Print – PDF – Email Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 30:16 — 55.7MB) Relaxation Without Drowsiness Stress, anxiety and mood disorders are some of the most common complaints of Americans. Even healthy people have stress. There are millions of people who are into mood altering medications. And many others self medicate with […]

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122 – Add More Whole Foods to your Life – My Interview with Erin Stokes, ND

Print – PDF – Email Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 52:00 — 95.5MB) Targeted Whole Food Nutrient Booster Powder from MegaFood I like MegaFood as a company. I like MegaFood as a product. I like the MegaFood philosophy about supplements. I have used MegaFood supplements for 40 years. They were different then […]

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121 – Aged Garlic Improves Cardiac Health – My Interview with Dr. Matthew Budoff

Everyone has heard that there are wonderful health benefits to garlic. Garlic has been used as food and natural medicine for thousands of years. Dr. Budoff’s research has shown that AGE improves cholesterol, blood pressure and arterial plaque. AGE was also show to reduce the damage caused by excessive stress.

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120 – Nutrition for Eye Health – My Interview with Dr. Robert Able

For many people, especially as we age, eyesight is one of the major concerns. We are subject to problems such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. What can we do to help protect our eyesight?

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119 – Vaccination is not Immunization – My Interview with Dr. Tim O’Shea

I admit I have a bias against some elements of the vaccination model of health. I admit that my children were not vaccinated except for the very first vaccination for my first born son. I admit that I have my doubts about the safety and even the effectiveness of vaccines.

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