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big-burgerResults of a new study published in the journal Cell Reports may have guys rethinking those unhealthy food choices. Researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute recently looked at how the health effects of a diet high in unhealthy fats and sugar differed between male and female mice—and let’s just say the girls fared much better.

During the course of the study, the mice were fed a steady diet of what could be compared to greasy burgers and sugary soft drinks. While the female mice showed no changes in healthy heart and brain function, the males were not so lucky. Their brains showed signs of inflammation, and significant damaged was noted to their hearts. Although researchers could not say for sure why the females were protected against the negative effects, they believe it may have something to do with their body chemistry.

According to institute director Richard Bergman, PhD, these findings suggest we may need to reconsider how we treat and manage obesity from one person to the next. At this time, additional research is planned to determine whether or not human subjects will react the same way—and if brain chemistry can be manipulated to exhibit protective characteristics.

Still, the results do not mean a free pass for the ladies, and experts agree that a low-sugar (or better yet, no-sugar) diet rich in protein and healthy fats such as Omega-3s is best for optimal health and weight management.

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fish-oil-on-spoonEssential fatty acids such as Omega-3 EPA and DHA are good-for-you fats used by every cell in your body to support and manage vital functions such as a healthy inflammation response and proper heart, joint, eye, brain, digestive and immune function.‡ However, the body does not produce these essential fats on its own, so the only way to get them is through diet or supplementation. For this reason, many people benefit from taking a high-concentration, purity-guaranteed fish oil supplement daily.‡

Because extensive evidence shows that fish-derived Omega-3s support optimal digestion and overall health, many leading health organizations provide helpful recommendations. For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends at least 2 grams of Omega-3 oils per day, which is consistent with digestive care expert Brenda Watson’s H.O.P.E. Formula.

And, because scientific research confirms that Omega-3 supplementation promotes heart health by helping to maintain healthy cholesterol, triglyceride and blood pressure levels already within the normal range,* the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends consuming about 500 mg per day of EPA and DHA for people who are healthy and want to maintain good heart health. For those with documented coronary heart disease, the AHA recommends 1 gram (1,000 mg) per day, and those with high triglycerides should aim for 2 to 4 grams (2,000 to 4,000 mg) per day.

Is there such a thing as too much Omega-3?
Due to its potential blood-thinning effects, it is recommended that you consult your physician when taking high doses of Omega-3 EPA/DHA—particularly doses greater than 3 grams (3,000 mg) per day.

Does it matter how much Omega-3 is in my capsule?
Yes. Be sure to look at the total amount of Omega-3 in each capsule—not the total amount of fish oil, as supplements vary greatly in the amounts of Omega-3.

What is the best time to take fish oil? And should I take fish oil with food?
Fish oil may be taken with or without food at any time of the day, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.

*Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA & DHA Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

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