Phospholipids: More Than an Omega-3 Absorption Booster
Phospholipids are great at helping your body absorb and use omega-3s from fish. But they are also very helpful in their own right. A scientific study in the journal Neuroscience found that chronic, unpredictable stress can affect levels of phospholipids in the brain. But phospholipid-bound omega-3s help you keep your levels where they should be.
Phospholipids have many benefits in the body:
• They protect the mitochondria—the “engine” of your cells from oxidative damage, and help your hearing and vision stay healthy and sharp.
• They help build the myelin sheath that surrounds your nerve cells, keeping those signals firing properly.
• They help keep your brain healthy and your mood positive.
What are Peptides? A Bonus for Your Brain!
Peptides are short chains of amino acids normally formed during digestion. The same gentle process that creates the phospholipid-bound omega-3s also provides these beneficial chains of amino acids.
Peptides protect delicate blood vessels in the brain by fighting oxidative damage. They are not found in fish oil or krill oil. A scientific study of the supplemental form I recommend found that these peptides significantly reduce anxiety (in an animal model) in 14 days. The researchers discovered that it inhibited oxidative damage of neurons (the nerve cells that carry signals in the brain) by 21 percent.
Great for Cholesterol Balance
In a human open clinical trial, 40 healthy volunteers took two tablets of phospholipid-bound omega-3 fatty acids per day without any modifications to diet or exercise habits. (I would recommend altering those, too.) After 60 days, the participants saw their triglyceride levels drop by 16 percent, their total cholesterol decrease by 10 percent, and their HDL levels—the “good cholesterol”—increase by 13 percent!
Individuals Who Are Especially Challenged By Using Fish Oil
• People with diabetes: Fish oil consumption, because of its high triglyceride content and high caloric value, has been shown to sometimes have an adverse effect on blood sugar levels.
• Individuals who have had gastric bypass or intestinal re-routing/removal: Because of impaired nutrient absorption, the enhanced delivery of omega-3s bound to phospholipids could make a difference while fish oil may not.
• Anyone with gluten sensitivity or intestinal inflammation: Whether from IBS, IBD, Crohn’s disease, or any other cause where inflammation damages the villi, it can reduce nutrient absorption. Phospholipid-bound omega-3s are more easily absorbed.
• Individuals who have had their gall bladder removed: Because of a reduced ability to digest fats found in oils, they may better tolerate a phospholipid delivery system.
Do you eat cold-water fish at least 3 times per week? Many people don’t, so you’re not alone. If you have any doubts at all that you’re not getting the omega-3s you need through your diet, you need to change that right away. Effective, clean, and convenient supplementation is the answer. It’s simple, it works, and you’re sure to stick with it. The fact that you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals is a healthy bonus. Enjoy a vibrant life and start protecting your brain and heart with the omega-3s, phospholipids, and peptides in this concentrated form from salmon. You only need one per day to start making a difference.
I recommend taking omega-3 fatty acids from salmon once or twice per day.