Does fish oil a day keep the Doctor away?

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Over 7000 studies on omega-3 fatty acids seem to be telling us YES! Essential Fatty Acids are natural substances your body needs to establish and maintain overall well-being. As the body cannot produce these essential fats on its own, it is very important that they are acquired through a healthy daily diet. However, the typical Canadian diet is severely deficient in these. Daily supplementation with a natural fish oil formula is an ideal source for obtaining the health-promoting benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids.

EFA supplementation can help to maintain good health but also treat certain health conditions such as:

Arthritis and Inflammatory Conditions

The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of Omega-3 oils from fish help reduce stiffness in joints and help relieve joint and muscle pain. This makes fish oils an important supplement for anyone trying to maintain joint health and mobility.

 

Attention Deficit Disorder and Memory

Recent research reveals that Omega-3’s, specifically DHA, help increase focus and memory retention in children and adults. Omega 3 fatty acids also support normal neurological development in infants.

 

Cholesterol and Blood Pressure

Omega-3 oils promote healthy cholesterol levels in the body by helping to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and raise good cholesterol (HDL) levels. Clinical research also reveals reductions in blood pressure with the intake of Omega-3 fatty acids.

 

Depression and Mood Regulation

Regular supplementation of omega 3 fatty acids helps to elevate mood and lessen depression and anxiety. High potency fish oil with added Vitamin D is very useful in treating Seasonal Affective Disorder or the “winter blues”.

 

Digestive System Health

Regular Omega-3 supplementation helps to soothe and lubricate the bowel, ease elimination and supporting overall digestive health.

 

There are a lot of fish oil supplements on the market, but Super Critical Omega provides the highest-quality blend of EPA and DHA and exceeds world standards for fish oil quality and purity. Super Critical Omega is one of the strongest fish oil supplements on the market with over a 1 gram of Omega 3 per capsule PLUS 1000 units of Vitamin D3. It is the perfect choice for people dealing with chronic health conditions including depression and IBS.

 

Ultimate Digestibility with Better Absorption

Ultragest™ enteric coating ensures superior absorption and the fat-digesting enzyme lipase enhances the digestion and utilization of the beneficial oils. This combination eliminates the unpleasant aftertaste and repeating of fishy flavour often experienced with fish oil supplements.

 

100% Fish-derived Gel Caps

Encapsulated in natural fish-derived gel caps, Super Critical Omega is ideal for fish-eating vegetarians or anyone with religious dietary restrictions.

 

Quality & Purity Guaranteed

Super Critical Omega is sourced from sustainable wild and unthreatened fish that are found in cold, pristine waters and are naturally lower in environmental toxins such as: mercury, PCB’s and pesticides.

 

Purity Testing & Certification

Super Critical Omega is subject to a minimum of three purification steps to ensure the highest levels of freshness and the absence of any chemicals, toxins and heavy metals. It has received a 5-star rating by the International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) program. This proves that it meets or exceeds all national and international standards for purity, potency and freshness.

 

With all of these benefits it is no surprise that fish oils are one of the most commonly researched and consumed natural health products in the world. Have you taken yours today?

How to Make Perfect Guacamole

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Guacamole, a dip made from avocados, is originally from Mexico. The name is derived from two Aztec Nahuatl words—ahuacatl (avocado) and molli (sauce).

All you really need to make guacamole is ripe avocados and salt. After that, a little lime or lemon juice—a splash of acidity to balance the richness of the avocado. Then comes chopped cilantro, chiles, onion, and tomato, if you want.

The trick to making perfect guacamole is using good, ripe avocados. Check for ripeness by gently pressing the outside of the avocado. If there is no give, the avocado is not ripe yet and will not taste good. If there is a little give, the avocado is ripe. If there is a lot of give, the avocado may be past ripe and not good. In this case, taste test first before using.

How to Make Perfect Guacamole Recipe

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2-4

Be careful handling chiles if using. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling and do not touch your eyes or the area near your eyes with your hands for several hours.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ripe organic avocados
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher / Himalayan salt
  • 1 Tbsp of fresh organic lime juice or lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp to 1/4 cup of minced organic red onion or thinly sliced organic green onion
  • 1-2 organic serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
  • 2 tablespoons organic cilantro (leaves and tender stems), finely chopped
  • A dash of freshly grated black pepper
  • 1/2 ripe organic tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped

Garnish with organic red radishes or jicama. Serve with gluten free tortilla chips.

1 Cut avocado, remove flesh: Cut the avocados in half. Remove seed. Score the inside of the avocado with a blunt knife and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. (See How to Cut and Peel an Avocado.) Place in a bowl.

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2 Mash with a fork: Using a fork, roughly mash the avocado. (Don’t overdo it! The guacamole should be a little chunky.)

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3 Add salt, lime juice, and the rest: Sprinkle with salt and lime (or lemon) juice. The acid in the lime juice will provide some balance to the richness of the avocado and will help delay the avocados from turning brown.

Add the chopped onion, cilantro, black pepper, and chiles. Chili peppers vary individually in their hotness. So, start with a half of one chili pepper and add to the guacamole to your desired degree of hotness.

Remember that much of this is done to taste because of the variability in the fresh ingredients. Start with this recipe and adjust to your taste.

4 Cover with plastic and chill to store: Place plastic wrap on the surface of the guacamole cover it and to prevent air reaching it. (The oxygen in the air causes oxidation which will turn the guacamole brown.) Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Chilling tomatoes hurts their flavor, so if you want to add chopped tomato to your guacamole, add it just before serving.

Variations

For a very quick guacamole just take a 1/4 cup of salsa and mix it in with your mashed avocados.

Feel free to experiment! One classic Mexican guacamole has pomegranate seeds and chunks of peaches in it (a Diana Kennedy favorite). Try guacamole with added pineapple, mango, or strawberries.

The simplest version of guacamole is just mashed avocados with salt. Don’t let the lack of availability of other ingredients stop you from making guacamole.

To extend a limited supply of avocados, add either sour cream or cottage cheese to your guacamole dip. Purists may be horrified, but so what? It tastes great.

For a deviled egg version with guacamole, try our Guacamole Deviled Eggs!

Read more: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/perfect_guacamole/#ixzz4KRkUXM1T

Thinking About Boosting Your Brain Power?

NEURO FORCE ORGANIC GROCER SEPTUntil recently, it was believed that the typical human brain, containing about 100 billion nerve cells (neurons) could neither repair nor regenerate itself. We know better now. We know that we truly are able to protect, restore and enhance brain and neurological function. That’s what Neuro-Force™ from Prairie Naturals is designed to do for people of all ages.

 

What is Neuro-ForceTM & What Does It Do? Neuro-Force™ is a research-based natural health product formulated by natural health care experts to improve brain health and support daily cognitive wellness. Neuro-Force™ provides safe, effective and timely cognitive and neurological benefits. These benefits also include improved memory and enhanced mental focus.

 

What are the Ingredients in Neuro-ForceTM?

 

All the ingredients in Neuro-Force™ have been tested for purity and potency in an independent Canadian laboratory licensed by Health Canada. The ingredients in Neuro-Force™ are:

 

Docosahexanoic acid (DHA) – Think about it. Sixty percent of our brain is made up of fat and DHA, an omega 3 fat, makes up 15-20 percent of the brain’s cerebral cortex! When DHA intake is inadequate, nerve cells become stiff and more prone to inflammation which impedes intracellular neurotransmission.

Research shows that low levels of DHA are linked to memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease while adequate levels restore cognitive abilities, improve rate of learning, reduce mental decline and prevent brain degeneration.

 

Vinpocetine – Researchers report that vinpocetine increases blood flow to the brain, reduces inflammation and protects
the central nervous system against degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Students and people of all ages wanting to enhance brain power have been shown to benefit from its use. Many studies have also concluded that vinpocetine has an exceptional ability to reverse the signs of brain, skin and nerve aging.

 

Pyrroloquinoline Quinone (PQQ) -First identified in 1979, this vitamin-like compound has a wide range of benefits to brain function! As an extremely powerful antioxidant and nerve growth factor stimulant, PQQ supplemented diets show remarkable benefits including improved memory and cognitive functions with increased cerebral blood flow; reversal of cognitive impairment caused by chronic oxidative stress and improved performance on memory tests; brain and nerve cell protection; stroke reduction.

 

Bacopa Monnieri Extract -A recent study published in the journal Aging (March 2016) shows that this herbal extract exerts “a neuroprotective effect against mental diseases, such as depression, anxiety and Alzheimer’s disease.” The researchers found that Bacopa monnieri extract reduced learning deficits, improved long-term spatial memory, and reduced brain plaque load. Designated as having neuroprotective effects, the researchers suggested it be considered as a novel treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Alpha GPC-L-alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine is a recently developed cognitive enhancer involved in the release of free choline which is then utilized for acetylcholine and phosphatidylcholine biosynthesis in the brain.  This unique phospholipid helps repair brain cell membranes and counteract cognitive impairment related to dementia, brain injuries and stroke.

 

Neuro-ForceTM is made in Canada and licensed by Health Canada as a compliant Natural Health Product (NPN). Neuro-Force™ is gluten-free and does not contain soy, dairy, egg, corn, artificial colours, sweeteners or preservatives.

 

Who Needs Neuro-ForceTM?

 

Whether you’re cramming for an important exam or just feeling the brain strain of daily life, the nootropic benefits of Neuro-Force™ can help you remember better and think more clearly. Nootropics (pronounced noh-oh-troh-piks) are a category of substances that are commonly referred to as “smart drugs” for enhancing cognition and memory and facilitating learning. NeuroForce CouponNootropics work to boost brain neurochemicals – neurotransmitters, enzymes, and hormones – by improving the brain’s oxygen supply and stimulating nerve growth. This unique group of memory and learning-enhancing substances also protect the brain against physical and chemical injury, including oxidation.

NeuroForce will be on sale next week – plus there’s a $2 Off coupon at the tills.  Pop in to get ready for back to school, or just to boost your brain power!

Smooth Sailing Back to School with The Organic Grocer

Getting ready to get back to the routine that comes with fall around the corner starts us thinking about making healthier How you start your daychoices.  We at the OG are thinking about healthier alternatives as well as our children prep to head back to school.  We’re  starting to  think about getting back to the gym too.  Plus there’s all the new sports teams coming up this year!

Phew!  It can be overwhelming before it even begins!  To help you get organized – and stay calm – we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favourite Back-to-Routine blogs worth revisiting!

  • Need Energy?  Zip Fuel quickly and safely boosts energy for people of all ages and fitness levels. This tasty beverage boosts the mind, supports the muscles, and provides energy for all those Back to School Activities & Sports (or maybe just getting back to the gym!)  Check out Zip Fuel here.
  • DHA & Fish Oils are essential for Brain & Eye Health as well as for stabilizing mood (Think ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Stress – they all benefit from high quality high dose Omega 3 supplementation).  This is really one of those every day for everyone supplements – because literally every cell in your body is made of Omega 3 oils!  DHA, supports healthy brain, eye and nerve function in all humans so it’s ideal for expecting and nursing mothers, toddlers and anyone who needs extra brain or eye support.   Did you know that over 90% of the omega-3 in the brain and retina is in the form of DHA?
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    fatty acids are crucial for childhood brain development which lays the foundation for learning, behaviour, attention span, mental focus, and mood.  Studies have also shown omega-3 fatty acid to be effective for treatment of childhood ADHD.
  • FMake Spaceood Allergies in the classroom are a daily concern in the modern classroom – and even some work places.  If you have been wondering whether peanut allergies are more common these days, you are indeed correct.  Peanut allergies in children more than tripled between 1997 and 2008 in the U.S, presently affecting more than 400,000 children!  Learn how to prevent food allergies here.
  • Natural Care to get Embarrassing Acne under control before school starts:  Every year all of the normal preparation might not be enough to make some kids feel ready for new friends, memories and adventures.  If they have acne or other skin problems some kids can be really embarrassed and self-conscious!  Learn about the top skin care tips, tricks, and products that can help achieve a clearer complexion in time to head back to school.
  • Keeping Sugar Cravings Under Control and Out of the Classroom:  The problem is that clearly we, here in Canada, are rarely facing famine.  And in fact we often take in a heap more calories than we really need, given the energy we use up (especially sitting quietly at school desks!)  We no longer have to fight or dig for our food. The closest we get to burning up energy running after our food is chasing the ice cream van down the street!  Learn ways to comfortably and healthfully reduce sugar and sugar cravings in this article.
  • Tips for Getting Nourishing Foods into picky eaters:  The summer days of s’mores, endless bKeep Calmarbeques and ice cream cones are quickly fading as autumn ushers in back-to-school as well as intentions for setting good habits for the year ahead. This time of year tends to mean a return to less-frivolous eating and a renewed focus on better nutrition all around.  Even with an apple in every lunch box, a surprising amount of children aren’t hitting their daily requirements for fruit and vegetable consumption!   Get some ideas in this article to sneak a few more fruits and veggies into your kids’ lunches – and maybe you’ll learn a few things for your own lunches!
  • Tips for Enhancing Mindfulness Naturally:  Everyone needs a little calm in their life – children are no different!  Learn the value of mindfulness in this article – and learn to be mindful along side your children.

Taking Care of Acne for Back to School

Every year, preparing for a new school year, students go shopping and pick out their back to school wardrobes complete with new shoes and accessories. However, all of this preparation might not be enough to make them feel ready for new friends, memories and adventures if they have acne or other skin problems. Continue reading to learn about the top skin care tips, tricks, and products that can help achieve a clearer complexion in time to head back to school.Acne

  1. Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep deprivation causes skin to lose circulation, and studies show that stress levels increase about 14 percent for every lost hour of sleep per night. As stress is one of the main causes of acne, it’s crucial to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Using a sleeping mask or listening to some relaxation music can help those who have a hard time falling asleep.

  1. Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking more water is one of the best changes students can make in their lives when attempting to clear up their skin. Water clears internal toxins out of people’s bodies and helps provide fresh oxygen to skin cells. Drinking more water also makes skin glow while hydrating it from the inside. Water does not always have to be plain in order to achieve its skin clearing benefits. For a change try some fruit-infused water.

  1. Start an Exercise Program

Exercise is a great lifestyle choice; it reduces stress and the acne that comes along with it. There are so many outdoor options if you don’t want to join a gym or exercise at home, and summer is a perfect time for it!

  1. Wash Thoroughly and Remove All makeup

Wash the face daily to keep the skin healthy and clear. The best times would be in the morning when first waking up and at night right before bed. While washing with a quality face wash designed for acne prone skin, make sure to wash off all makeup since old, piled up makeup clogs pores, leading to acne. Mild makeup remover also assists in thoroughly cleansing the skin.
Note: when choosing skin care products, it’s very important to read the ingredients list and stay away from Parabens, Sodium Lauryl (or Laureth) Sulfate, PEG, DEA, or artificial dies or fragrances. Keep to natural ingredients!

  1. Practice Face Exfoliation

Students who seek fresh and clear skin for going back to school should strive to get into the habit of exfoliating their faces.  The main benefit of exfoliation is that it removes all of the old dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and makeup, clearing out the pores, shrinking them and preventing black heads.   Try Viva Health’s Amaze Exfoliating Gel for a soft, fresh and glowing skin.
(hint:  it’s cheaper in store than on line!)

  1. Finish with The Best Natural Treatment

DermaMed Acne Prone Skin Gel has proven useful in clearing acne-prone skin for people of all ages including students who are trying to get their skin clear for going back to school. Containing Tea Tree Essential Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Aloe Vera, Vitamins A & E and Salicylic Acid, it unclogs pores, which leads to a reduction in the amount of acne outbreaks; reduces redness and swelling; dries and helps clear up acne, and prevents new acne from forming.

 

Gleaned from:  July 27, 2016   DermaMed Pharmaceutical Inc.

Quinoa Feta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 250 mL quinoa
  • 500 mL chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 85 g cubed feta cheese
  • 125 mL sliced almonds
  • 250 mL grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 scallions, diced

Vinaigrette:

  • 30 mL white wine vinegar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 60 mL extra-virgin olive oil
  • 30 mL minced fresh chives
  • To taste Herbamare® Original, pepper

Preparation:

Place quinoa in a medium pot and rinse with water. Strain out water; add broth and turn heat to high. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered until liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Cool and toss gently with feta, almonds, vegetables and vinaigrette.

Serve.

Gleaned from A.Vogel’s Blog

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