TERRY’S BOTTOM LINE:
By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the value of omega-3s
from fish – they strengthen your arteries, stop depression, reduce
inflammation, and much more.
But, if you only focus on omega-3s, you are missing the big
picture. Yes, omega-3s from fish are incredibly valuable, but, they are not the
only nutrients you need.
I advocate thinking beyond omega-3s. Cell-building
phospholipids and peptides (short chains of amino acids) – naturally found in
salmon – are critical, too. And together, these three nutrients from fish can
have remarkable effects:
- Protect your brain from oxidative damage
- Reduce inflammation throughout your body
- Slow cognitive decline
- Improve focus and mental agility
- Reduce symptoms of depression
- Strengthen arteries and blood vessels
Your doctor may tell you that you need to eat more fish or
start taking fish oil. But if you do not like fish, or the nasty burps that
come with oil, you’re probably going to lose interest fast. Fortunately, there
is a better way to get the omega-3 fatty acids you need from fish, plus
valuable phospholipids and peptides that are key to a healthy, vibrant life.
You see, what your doctor is really saying is that you need
omega-3s from fish. The supplemental form of omega-3s that I recommend fits the
bill perfectly. It is a safe, clean, water and enzyme extraction from the head
Omega-3s are healthy, polyunsaturated fats, also called
“essential fatty acids.” They are called “essential” because you need to get
them from dietary sources—your body doesn’t synthesize them on its own. Two of
the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). Many people still think that fats are bad, but
nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is, omega-3 fatty acids are
required by our bodies for many reasons:
• They help form
heart, brain, and skin cells—holding them together and protecting them against
• Omega-3 fatty
acids inhibit blood clotting and inflammation that can lead to clogged
• They also help
build and maintain flexible arteries. Flexible arteries have the “give” they
need to allow greater blood flow when necessary and are not brittle. They are
less prone to fluctuations in blood pressure. The end result is better blood
pressure, and reduced risk of heart attack and stroke.
• EPA and DHA from
fish oil improve heart health and blood profiles, relieve pain through anti-inflammatory
action, enhance immunity, elevate mood, and alleviate the symptoms of ADHD,
diabetes, skin diseases, menstrual pain, and more.
• DHA and
phospholipids make up a great deal of our brain. In fact, the brain itself is
about 60 percent fat, and 15 to 20 percent of the fat in the brain is DHA. The
brain needs phospholipids and DHA to develop properly and age well.
• Low EPA levels
have been associated with aggression and impulsivity.
• Your eyes need
DHA for good focus. It helps the retina develop properly.
Where Do I Get Omega-3s?
There are many sources, some better than others. If you’re
getting omega-3s from food, the best sources are fatty, cold-water fish, like
salmon. Surprisingly, other types of fish such as tilapia do not have the
amount of omega-3s contained in salmon.
You can get omega-3s from flax seeds and walnuts, but it
isn’t as efficient. Plant sources contain alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), an omega-3
fatty acid that your body needs to convert into DHA and EPA. It still works,
but you don’t necessarily get the helpful levels you need. Only 1-8% of ALA
converts to EPA or DHA.
Plus, if your diet is high in omega-6 fats—found in refined
oils, commercial baked goods, and many processed foods—it can throw off your
body’s ability to convert ALA to the omega-3 forms of DHA and EPA you need.
Of course, supplementation of omega-3s can be complicated.
Fish oil, recommended at dosages of many tablespoons or capsules per day, has
become a common sight on grocery store shelves. With fish oil, there are a lot
of variables, not the least of which is the quality of the oil itself and how
well it is actually absorbed and used by the body. Krill oil, a relatively new
kid on the block as far as supplements go, promises convenience (one capsule
per day) and phospholipids (an added plus), but is heavily processed and not
sustainable. This is why I recommend the phospholipid-bound form from salmon.
It is simply and naturally extracted and provides the added benefits of
phospholipids and peptides. It also contains DHA, the preferred fatty acid for cognitive
development, making it the perfect choice for children and expecting mothers
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
• 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
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.
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.
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
who have had their gallbladder removed: Because of a reduced ability to
digest fats found in oils, they may better tolerate a phospholipid delivery
Do you eat cold-water fish at least three 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.
To protect your brain, heart, and overall health, I
recommend taking omega-3s from salmon once or twice per day. For greater
absorption and benefits, look for a formula that also contains phospholipids