‘6 MUST KNOW’S’ : How to Choose Your Omega Fish Oil Supplement

  1. Does your oil contain Omega 6 ?

baked-1549171_1920You don’t need any more. Your Omega fish oil supplement should not contain any Omega 6.

Om6 is pro-inflammatory (promotes it) & it is highly likely you already have enough of it in your blood.

Main sources of Om6 are :

NOTE: Do not ingest any more Omega 6

 

2. Should it contain more EPA or DHA ?

Both EPA & DHA are amazingly good for you. Studies in fact show that DHA has even more health benefits than EPA.

Particularly for your brain & eyes.

NOTE: You want a supplement higher in DHA to EPA.

 

3. Capsules or Liquid?

You want your oil to be in a liquid form. Why? One reason is it will be purer & gone through less handling.

The second reason is that in the heating of the capsules in order to seal them a portion of the DHA is lost to the heat. The more heat process the oil is put through the less fresh it will be.

As mentioned you want as much DHA to remain as possible.

NOTE: Make sure your oil is in liquid form

 

4. How pure is your oil ?

All oils in the UK must pass stringent tests to be fit for human consumption. The industry standard in Scandinavia (where the best fish comes from) is the TOTOX Value.

Totox stands for total oxidation & assures that the oil is pure & fresh. Basically how many toxins are in the oil & how quickly is it ageing.

Clearly you want the purest oil with as little toxins present as possible & you want it to be fresh.

TIP: The more fishy smelling an oil becomes the less fresh it is.

In the Uk all oils must score 10 or below on the Totox Value. This should be public information but not all companies release this information easily. (I wonder why?)

The lower the score on the Totox the cleaner, purer & fresher the oil.

It is fit for human consumption if you see on the shelves in the Uk but the closer to 10 on the Totox score the less pure it is.

I think of it like this: a drop of arsenic each day wont kill me but it certainly isn’t doing me any good. Combine that with all the other toxins coming in & over the years of accumulation it could become a problem…. The purer the better.

NOTE: Only use the lowest scoring oil from the Totox Test. If a company wont tell you that information DON’T TAKE THEIR OIL.

 

5. How much should a quality oil cost ?

For a decent oil expect to invest £30-£40 per bottle.

This is one area where a little extra is worth it. You could choose to save a pound or two per month but be wasting your money if its optimal health, vitality & wellness you are in search of.

There are some excellent oils out there for around £1 per day – what is your health & happiness worth to you ?

NOTE: £1 per day could save you many aches, pains & potential risk to diseases especially as you age.

 

6. How do I know I need it & how much should I take ?

Most people take Omega supplements blind: They don’t know their Omega status & don’t know if the product is doing them more harm than good AND if the product is doing anything at all !

There are some extremely simple ways to test your Omega status these days & combine that with the other facts above you will know exactly how much you need & for how long.

NOTE: Get the simple cost effective test & correct your Omega levels asap. Your health, energy & performance could depend on it.

 

To conclude…

If you were to prioritise your budget to ‘which supplement will give me the most bang for my buck?’ then TWO jump out & every health care practitioner will tell you the same:

  1. Multi vitamin
  2. Omega supplement

 

You have a simple decision to make…

If you want to cover ALL the bases mentioned above & have access to the most SUPERIOR oil on the market so ‘ YOU LOOK & FEEL YOUR BEST ‘ get that decision handled right now by CLICKING HERE.

 

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The Vitamin Guide Series: Vitamin H – Biotin

The Vitamin Guide Series: A-Z – Volume 13

Vitamin H – Biotin

Vitamin H

Introduction…

Biotin, also known as vitamin H & vitamin B7, is a water soluble B-complex vitamin that plays an important role in helping the body metabolise proteins & process glucose.

Your body needs biotin to metabolise carbohydrates, fats & amino acids, the building blocks of protein.

Biotin is often recommended for strengthening hair & nails. Like all B vitamins, it is water soluble, meaning the body does not store it.

 

The Benefits of Vitamin H…

  • Biotin (Vitamin H) is required for normal growth & development, & overall general health.
  • Helping the body metabolise proteins, fats & carbohydrates
  • Helping the body produce & utilise glucose & certain amino acids in the body
  • It also contributes towards healthy nails, skin & hair
  • It functions as a component in the production & utilisation of both glucose & certain amino acids in the body.
  • Biotin has also been utilised to help treat alopecia (hair loss), as well to treat premature graying, although this would probably only work for people who have extremely low levels of biotin.
  • It may help to reduce the symptoms of zinc deficiency.
  • Biotin supplements are occasionally given to people with diabetes, to help lower their blood sugar levels. People who suffer from type 2 diabetes are also often observed to have low biotin levels.
  • Biotin has also been used as part of a weight loss plan to increase the efficiency of fat metabolism

 

The Optimal Amount of Vitamin H…

 

19 years & older 30 micrograms a day
Pregnant women 30 micrograms a day
Breastfeeding women 35 micrograms a day

 

 

Foods that Contain Vitamin H….

  • Swiss Chard
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Cauliflower
  • Almonds, Walnuts & Other Nuts
  • Yeast
  • Goat’s Milk & Cow’s Milk
  • Berries & Fruits
  • Halibut
  • Chicken Eggs – Eggs are a source of biotin (It’s important to note that eating a diet unusually high in egg whites can actually be a catalyst for a biotin deficiency. That’s because a specific element in the egg whites binds to the element & prevents it from being distributed properly. It’s important to always consider how eggs are added to a diet in order to prevent this kind of vitamin deficiency)


    

The Bottom Line…

A varied, balanced diet will generally contain a sufficient amount of the vitamin H (biotin) for most people.

However, the processing of foods destroys some of the biotin content of food. Foods that go through less processing, will generally retain higher levels of vitamin H. Additionally, bacteria create small quantities of biotin in the intestines, which can then be used by the body to help meet the body’s daily needs.

 

To Your Best Health

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

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Resources:

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http://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-09-2010/vitamins_from_a_to_z.html

 

The Vitamin Guide Series: Vitamin E

The Vitamin Guide Series: A-Z – Volume 12

Vitamin E

Vitamin E

 

Introduction…

Vitamin E is key to providing a strong immune system & healthy skin & eyes.

Research suggests that Vitamin E seems to help protect cells from damage; in fact, it may reduce the risk of developing cancer, heart disease & other chronic diseases.

 

The Benefits of Vitamin E…                               

In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E is needed for the healthy functioning of many systems in the body.

The health benefits of vitamin E include:

  • Helping with the production of red blood cells
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Helping the body to process & use vitamin K
  • Improving blood circulation & overall circulatory system
  • Promoting normal blood clotting
  • Repairing tissue
  • Helping to prevent cardiovascular disease, cancer & stroke
  • Reducing the risk & of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Decreasing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome

 

 

  

The Optimal Amount of Vitamin E…

Age Males Females Pregnancy Lactation
14+ years 15 mg
(22.4 IU)
15 mg
(22.4 IU)
15 mg
(22.4 IU)
19 mg
(28.4 IU)

 

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Vegetable oil
  • Tomatoes & tomato products
  • mixed nuts
  • Carrot juice
  • Broccol

 

Foods that Contain Vitamin E….

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Vegetable oil
  • Tomatoes & tomato products
  • mixed nuts
  • Carrot juice
  • Broccol
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Greens
  • Papaya
  • Olives
  • Avocado
  • Wheat germ

 

 

The Bottom Line…

Vitamin E performs as a powerful antioxidant when absorbed by the body.

It helps to neutralise free radicals that can harm the cells & tissues of your body.

Free radicals are highly reactive substances that are often blamed for a wide range of health problems. Free radicals attack the cell membranes, proteins, & the body’s DNA.

Ensure you get enough Vit E through your diet using the foods listed above.

 

 

To Your Best Health

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

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Resources:

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http://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-09-2010/vitamins_from_a_to_z.html

Vitamin C – Ascorbic Acid

The Vitamin Guide Series: A-Z – Volume 10

Vitamin C – Ascorbic Acid

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is essential for the manufacturing of collagen & essential for tissue repair.

Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants. Antioxidants are nutrients that block some of the damage caused by every day life. Vitamin C is needed for the growth & repair of tissues in all parts of your body, particularly fascia, tendons & ligaments.

 vitamin C

Want Some Benefits?…

Vitamin C provides protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, & even skin wrinkling.

  • Form an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, & blood vessels
  • Heal wounds & form scar tissue
  • Repair & maintain cartilage, bones, & teeth
  • Aid in the absorption of iron

 

The Minimum Amount of Vitamin C per day…

  • Men age 19 & older: 90 mg/day
  • Women age 19 year & older: 75 mg/day
  • Pregnant women: 85 mg/day
  • Breastfeeding women: 120 mg/day

On average, the daily requirement for most people will be one to three grams (1000-3000mg).

Sometimes the RDA is just simply not enough. So most people will need more than the governments recommend daily allowance. Try supplementing a gram per day & see how that makes you feel.

If you take too much it will upset your stomach and you may end up with a portion of guacamole in your pants! That would mean it’s time to cut back a little. But likely you’ll feel a lot better for taking in around three grams.

 

Foods that Contain Vitamin C….


Fruits with the highest sources of vitamin C include:

  • Cantaloupe
  • Citrus fruits & juices, such as orange & grapefruit
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, & cranberries

Vegetables with the highest sources of vitamin C include:

  • Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, & cauliflower
  • Green & red peppers
  • Spinach, cabbage, turnip greens, & other leafy greens
  • Sweet & white potatoes
  • Tomatoes & tomato juice
  • Winter squash
  • Watermelon

 

The Bottom Line…Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin.

Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water. Leftover amounts of the vitamin leave the body through the urine. That means you need an ongoing supply of such vitamin, which includes Vitamin C in your diet.

I always supplement a little vitamin C every day. As I said above, one to three grams per day should do the trick. You take that all is one go or spread it out.

Until we speak again…

 

To Your Best Health

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

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Vitamin B12 – Cyanocobalamin

The Vitamin Guide Series: A-Z – Volume 9

Vitamin B12 – Cyanocobalamin

vitamin B12

 

 

Introduction… 

Vitamin B12 (often called the “energy vitamin”) is important in helping the body maintain a healthy nervous system & creating new blood cells.

It also helps maintain a healthy digestive system & keeps hair & nails strong & healthy.

 

Benefits…

Your body depends on vitamin B12 for energy production.

It’s crucial to the metabolic process that converts carbohydrates & fats into energy — this is why it’s often called the “energy vitamin.”[5]

B12 is also one of the building blocks your body uses to produce DNA, so it’s crucial for healthy cell growth & repair — which is key to aging in a healthy way.

B12’s most vital function of all may be protecting your brain & entire nervous system by keeping your nerves communicating in an optimal manner.

This is especially important since cognitive decline, especially among seniors, is reaching epidemic proportions.

 

The Optimal Amount of Vitamin B12…

  • Teens 14–18 years                            2.4 mcg
  • Adults                                                      2.4 mcg
  • Pregnant women                          2.6 mcg
  • Breastfeeding teens & women 2.8 mcg

 

Foods that Contain Vitamin B12….


  • shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels)
  • cold-water fish (mackerel, salmon, herring)
  • crustaceans (shrimp, lobster)
  • beef liver & lean cuts of beef
  • dairy products (milk, yogurt & Mozzarella, Parmesan & Swiss cheeses)
  • eggs

 

(If you’re a vegan, you’ll need to rely on fortified cereals & soy products, yeast extract spreads & vitamin B12 supplements)

 

The Bottom Line…

Symptoms of deficiency include but are not limited to muscle weakness, burning & tingling of the feet, lack of energy, difficulty walking & nausea.

The good news is that B12 deficiency can be remedied rather quickly by including Vitamin B12 food sources in your diet.

It can be that simple.

Vary your diet. Follow the principles of Optimalism & you will experience greater health & performance.

 

Until we talk again… stay on the path.

 

 

To Your Best Health

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

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The Vitamin Guide Series: A-Z – Volume 8 Vitamin B9 – Folic Acid

The Vitamin Guide Series: A-Z – Volume 8

Vitamin B9 – Folic Acid

 

Vitamin B9 more commonly known as folic acid is crucial for proper brain function & plays an important role in mental & emotional health.

It aids in the production of DNA & RNA (related to coding & expression of your genes), the body’s genetic material, & is especially important when cells & tissues are growing rapidly, such as in infancy, adolescence, & pregnancy…. Or if you’ve been tearing it up in the gym & you’re beginning to look like Arnie from the film Twins!

Folic acid also works closely with vitamin B12 to help make red blood cells & help iron have it’s full affect in the body.

 

 vitamin B9

 

Signs of Folic Acid Deficiency…

  • Fatigue
  • Mouth sores
  • Grey hair
  • Swollen tongue
  • Poor growth (also among the chief symptoms of malnutrition)

 

 

Other Related Issues…

Folate deficiency can cause diarrhea, anemia, loss of appetite, weight loss, sore tongue & a variety of other symptoms.

In a developing fetus, folic acid deficiency may cause birth defects such as spina bifida (a congenital defect of the spine) & anencephaly (a condition where a major portion of the brain & scalp are missing).

People who drink large amounts of alcohol may need extra folic acid to prevent a deficiency as alcohol can block the absorption of folate.

Of course it’s never a good idea to drink large quantities of alcohol.

 

 

The Benefits of Vitamin B9…

The benefits of folic acid include inhibiting colon cancer as well as preventing heart disease.

Both adults & children need folic acid to make normal red blood cells & to prevent anemia (red blood cell or haemoglobin deficiency of the blood).

Having enough folic acid is particularly important for women in early pregnancy as it can help prevent birth defects, including problems with the spine (neural tube defects) & brain.

Women who become pregnant & don’t consume enough folate are also more likely to have babies with a low birthweight or are premature.

 

 

The Optimal Amount of Vitamin B9…

  • Males age 14 & older should receive 400 mcg/day
  • Females age 14 – 50: should receive 400 – 800 mcg/day
  • Females age 50 & over should receive 400 mcg/day

 

 

Foods that Contain Vitamin B9….

 

  • Leafy greens such as spinach & turnip greens
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Mushrooms
  • Liver
  • Dry beans & peas

 

 

The Bottom Line…

Vary your diet. Eat some colours (real food only) that you don’t usually eat. Red peppers, aubergines or a little turnip greens perhaps.

This will ensure you are varying your nutrient intake & ward off deficiencies.

By applying the Principles of Optimalism throughout your life you will more likely not experience vitamin or mineral deficiency.

By practicing the system & techniques you will have all bases covered & remain on top of your game.

Life is a fluctuating wave of experiences, so it’s up to you to ride those waves – you have a great surf board to help you do that when you use Optimalism.

 

Talk again soon

 

To Your Best Health

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

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Vitamin B5 / Pantothenic Acid

The Vitamin Guide Series: A-Z – Volume 6

Vitamin B5 / Pantothenic Acid

 

 

Pantothenic acid, also known as Vitamin B5, is a water-soluble vitamin from the B group of vitamins.

Since we are unable to store it we need to consume it every day to replenish our supply.

We need vitamin B5 to synthesise & metabolise fats, proteins & carbohydrates.

It is also required to synthesise CoA (coenzyme-A), which plays a major role in fatty acid oxidation (using fats for energy)

 Vitamin B

The Benefits of Vitamin B5… 

We need vitamin B5 to break down proteins, fats & carbohydrates from the food we eat, so that our bodies can use them for energy & rebuilding tissue, muscles & organs.

There is evidence to suggest that vitamin B5 intake can lower cholesterol & blood triglycerides levels.

 

The Optimal Amount of Vitamin B5…

  • Males & females 14+ years – 5 mg per day
  • Pregnant women – 6 mg per day
  • Breastfeeding women – 7 mg per day

 

Foods that Contain Vitamin B5….

 

  • Avocados
  • Broccoli
  • Coldwater fish ovaries
  • Meats
  • Royal jelly (a honey bee secretion from the glands of worker bees)
  • Porridge
  • Tomatoes
  • Whole grains


A Lack Of…

Pantothenic acid deficiency is virtually unheard of, because it is so plentiful.

In cases of severe starvation, all deficiency signs & symptoms were reversed when individuals were given pantothenic acid.

The most common symptom of Vitamin B5 deficiency is burning foot syndrome, in which a person experiences lack of feeling in their feet, accompanied by intense inflammatory pain.

Along with this comes a constant feeling of fatigue & weakness throughout the body.

Other major symptoms include insomnia, anemia, vomiting, contraction of muscles & abnormal skin developments.

 

The Bottom Line…

Follow the principles I present to you on a regular basis & you will not meet with burning feet as from the example above!

As long as you vary your diet over time & ensure you are eating highly nutritious food you should meet your nutritional needs.

As you’re already aware balance is the key to success.

Balance your diet – over time. Balance your sleeping patterns – over time. Balance your eating & training habits.

I will continue to provide you with ideas for these areas of your life that will slowly but surely guide you toward your personal best & keep you there for the long run.

I use a process with my clients where we test their unique vitamin & mineral levels. We then work on bringing all of their levels to optimum.

It works wonders. The impact this process has is profound. You can learn more about that process by clicking here.

 

Stay on the path with me. Talk soon.

 

To Your Best Health

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

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