More Omega – 3, Please!

Pinnanclife-Products-062212-_DSC3977-_SelectOmega-3 supplements may boost neuropsychological measures for kids who need most support

By Stephen Daniells+, 04-Mar-2014

Daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may improve attention, processing speed, executive function and hand-to-eye coordination in malnourished children, scientists report.

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Give Your Heart a Little Love

Cardiovascular disease accounts for one in three deaths in the U.S.

February is well known as the month for love, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner. It is also a good time to reflect on our heart health, given it is “Heart Month.”

This past November, the American Heart Association (AHA) released its updated heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines. Its dietary advice: “Recommended are dietary patterns that emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts. Red meat and sugary foods and beverages should be limited … The overall dietary pattern should include less sodium.”

The advice to eat more fish is borne out of thousands of studies supporting the importance of EPA/DHA omega-3 fatty acids (from fish) for cardiovascular health. Many authoritative groups, including the AHA, advise eating at least two fish meals/week (preferably oily fish) in order to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease.

Population studies, mostly relying on self-reported intakes, have consistently found omega-3 intakes reduce risk of CHD death (Mozaffarian & Wu, 2011). Results of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of omega-3 supplementation and CHD death have been mixed, attributed in part to the use of subjects with established CHD, which limits the application of the results to the general, healthy population (Rizos et al, 2012).  Mozaffarian and others (2013) conducted a prospective cohort study to examine omega-3 fatty acid levels in blood and resulting total and cause-specific mortality among healthy older adults not taking omega-3 supplements. Those with the highest levels of total n3-PUFA experienced a 48% reduction in risk of CHD death, compared to those with the lowest levels.

So, what do these blood levels mean in terms of diet? The researchers note their findings support average target intakes in the range of 250-400 mg EPA+DHA daily, which is achievable with the two fatty fish meals per week recommended by the AHA, Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2010), American and Canadian Dietitians’ Associations (2014) and consistent with intakes recommended by ISSFAL (2004), and other international expert organizations.

A Big Burden

Although rates of heart disease have declined, due to the medical advances of recent decades, the Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics for 2014 (published by the AHA) are a reminder that the burden of CVD remains staggering. It continues to account for one in three deaths in the U.S., and is the most costly of all diseases, with 2010 estimated costs of CVD and stroke of $315.4 billion.

Poor dietary habits continue to play an important role, contributing more than 13% to total CVD death (high blood pressure: 40.6%; smoking: 13.7%; low physical activity: 11.9%). A 2009-10 estimate showed less than 1% of Americans met four out of five healthy dietary goals, and less than one in five (18.3%) met the goal of two fish meals weekly.

Pinnanclife-Products-062212-_DSC3977-_SelectThe Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (2014), together with Dietitians of Canada have recently updated their position statement on fat intake, stating “Healthy adults should consume between 20 percent and 35 percent of their calories from dietary fat, increase their consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, and limit their intake of saturated and trans fats.”

Are you getting your minimum two fish meals weekly? The research shows you can reduce your risk of heart disease with this simple lifestyle measure. If this remains an obstacle, ask your registered dietitian about an EPA/DHA omega-3 supplement or fortified foods to ensure you are getting enough of these vital nutrients. Give your heart a little love!



Fight the Flu with Olivamine!

Olivamine10Hydroxytyrosol, the key ingredient in Olivamine, stops the influenza virus from changing into the shape it needs to enter the cell. If a virus cannot enter cells, then it cannot infect the body and will pass through harmlessly. The research article below provides scientific information on the antiviral effect of hydroxytyrosol on influenza virus.


Hydroxytyrosol is the major component of the phenolic fraction of olives, which is known for its antioxidant properties. Hydroxytyrosol is a water and lipid-soluble molecule that is an efficient scavenger of peroxyl radicals. Experiments demonstrate that hydroxytyrosol effectively counteracts the cytotoxic effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in various human cellular systems. In studies using hydroxytyrosol pre-incubated cells, it was found that damage due to oxidative stress, such as lipid peroxidation and alterations of cell permeability, could be prevented and that hydroxytyrosol exerted a protective effect against H2O2 induced oxidative hemolysis.

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Tuesday Tip of the Week: Healthy Holiday Parties

HealthyHolidayHelpful Tips for Healthy Holiday Parties

As the holidays approach, parties become numerous along with the challenge of keeping your commitment to healthful eating.

If you are hosting a gathering this holiday season you can reduce fat and calories without sacrificing taste by swapping out a few ingredients in your favorite recipes.

  • Using two egg whites in place of one egg can reduce the cholesterol and produce the same tasty result.
  • Use low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth in your mashed potatoes to add flavor and cut back on added butter or margarine.
  • Substitute applesauce for oil, margarine or butter in muffins and quick breads like banana bread. Try substituting a small amount at first, as the more you substitute the more the texture of the finished product changes.
  • For dips, sauces and pie toppings, use fat-free yogurt, sour cream and whipped topping.
  • Sliced almonds make a delicious, crunchy topping in place of fried onion rings.
  • Choose reduced-fat or low-fat cheeses for salads and casseroles.

Pack your shopping cart with plenty of fresh vegetables like sweet potatoes, winter squash, broccoli, carrots and green beans. Apples, cranberries and pears combine easily for a tasty salad, fruit crisp or topping for the turkey.

If you are a guest at a dinner party or other gathering, consider these tips to keep your night healthy, happy and safe:

  • If you plan on treating yourself later, start your day with a small meal that includes whole grains, fruit, low-fat or fat-free dairy and protein, such as eggs, ham or peanut butter.
  • Don’t starve yourself beforehand. Rather, eat a small, lower-calorie meal or snack including fruit or a bagel so you aren’t tempted to overdo your calorie intake for the day.
  • Choose carefully between foods you definitely will eat, those you will sample and those you will skip.
  • Don’t rush to eat. Socialize and settle into the festivities before you eat.
  • Move your socializing away from the buffet or appetizer trays. This will minimize the unconscious nibbling.

When it comes to drinking alcohol, start with a calorie-free, nonalcoholic beverage. Satisfy your thirst before having an alcoholic drink. Moderate alcohol consumption is defined as up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks for men.

Keep in mind, even a single drink will affect your reflexes for several hours. If you plan to drink, keep your holidays merry for everyone by designating a driver who won’t be drinking.

The holidays are a great time for celebrating with friends and family over food and drinks. With just a little preparation, you can keep off the extra holiday pounds and still enjoy all that the season has to offer.


Keep a Food Diary

Dr. Darlene McCordNo matter how we much or how little we think we are eating, it’s almost impossible to figure out exactly how much food you are putting into your body on a daily basis. That’s why researchers at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research began tracking two thousand people who recorded in a food diary what they ate every day. What they found was that for every day that participants recorded what they ate, they lost weight. The process of writing down what you eat far surpasses exercise, age, or BMI as an indicator of weight gain or loss; the success of the Weight Watchers program can be partially attributed to food tracking.

Because many of us have no idea how much we are eating, it’s not surprising that studies show that we underestimate by about 25 percent. We also tend to cut back on munching if we have to write down every Snickers bar we eat, every breath mint we put in our mouth, or every mocha latte we drink. By recording what we ingest, we also are forced to face the number of calories each swallow holds. It’s a reality check that works like no other.

If you decide to keep a food diary, here are some tips on how to do it properly:

Choose how you’re going to record your food: pen and paper, pre-organized book, online journal, or PDA.

»  Record what you ate, how much, and when, and use measuring cups to monitor quantities.

»  Tailor your chart to your own eating habits. Write down your personal hunger points, your cravings, when you ate, and how you were feeling.

»  Be honest. Don’t leave out anything, even a lick.

»  Keep your diary close so you don’t have to look for it whenever you need to write something down.

»  At the end of the day, analyze what you ate and make healthy adjustments.

»  Reward yourself! Treat yourself with a shopping trip or movie. Enjoy what you are doing for yourself.

If you decided to go on a trip, you would never leave home without an idea of where you were going, so in the same vein, use your food diary as your road map on your journey to good health. Keeping a food diary may be the single most important thing you can do to stay on track.

Most importantly, it is crucial to change the way you think. For some reason, many of us feel the need to deprive ourselves because we don’t think we deserve the best. But you deserve the best that good food has to offer. You have to believe that you can have a prime cut of meat, a fine glass of champagne, or a crystal bowl of berries. As the L’Oreal commercial tells us, “You’re worth it.”

Darlene McCord, Ph.D., CEO, CSO and Founder of McCord Research, Inc and Pinnaclife, Inc.