As I mentioned, if there is a "magic bullet" for health, it may well be omega-3 fatty acids.
Scientific studies show a diet rich in this long-chain fatty acid helps support the health of our brains, hearts, immune systems, joints and kidneys. They can also help fight depression and give us more of a sense of well being, help maintain our strength and stamina, and even keep our cholesterol levels from rising (assuming they are in the normal range to start with).
You can get more omega-3 in your diet in a number of ways:
If you want more details, here are some places where you can find reports of research studies about fish oil:
Dr. Barry Sears, who developed the best-selling Zone Diet, has studied fish oil extensively.
Elizabeth and I began eating 'in the Zone' in January 1997. Within five months later we had each lost twenty pounds, and my blood cholesterol level had dropped by 50%. (Elizabeth did not get her cholesterol measured.) Neither of us has experienced any unusual hunger while eating in the Zone, which is the really neat thing about this approach to nutrition. It is not a 'dieting program', but rather a scientifically-based approach to eating that balances the intake of carbohydrates, fats and protein. When you get it right, your insulin levels are not elevated when you have digested your food, so your body automatically switches to burning fat without triggering a hunger pang.
We have recommended The Zone to many friends, some of whom have had excellent results, and some who have not. Among those for whom it did not seem to work so well, there seem to be a couple of common factors:- They are blood type A or AB, or - They make the whole process so complicated for themselves, thinking they have to cook special meals and so forth, that they find it too hard to follow.
We just eat the normal food we always have, which is mostly organic and made from scratch, and just keep the carbohydrate/protein/fat ration right, as well as eating the right quantity. We don't worry about complicated recipes and other stuff like that.
It may seem like more work for people who eat a lot of prepared foods, which are invariably high in carbohydrates, as they will have to switch to more wholesome foods.