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When should I take fish oil?

When should I take fish oil? – Timing is important

If you have recently wondered “when should I take fish oil”, you are among a special few who has asked the right question! Timing with some supplements is everything. If you want to know when you should take fish oil, and yes there is a definite when, read on.

Fish oil is is incredibly beneficial. With touted ( and proven ) benefits like helping aid fat loss, muscle gain, and a myriad of cardiovascular effects, it’s become the go to supplement for many.

Going in to the whys and hows of fish oil is beyond the scope of what I want to discuss today. In this article we will be talking about when. When should I take fish oil?

Bobby Ghassemi’s family believes high doses of fish oil helped him recover from a traumatic brain injury.

Fish oil helped save our son – CNN.com

Why are you taking Fish Oil?

I am going to go out on a limb here and make a wild assumption about you the reader. I am going to assume that you want one of two things out of taking fish oil. To better your overall health or increase athletic performance. While fish oil supplementation will greatly aid both of those goals, there is another, endogenous substance ( a substance made in your body ) that can also be of great help. Human Growth Hormone.

Human Grown Hormone ( HGH )

Human Growth Hormone repairs tissue. It’s often used and abused by athletes to heal injuries and by bodybuilders to grow new muscle. Unlike steroids that cause existing muscles to get bigger, HGH ( Human Growth Hormone ) causes growth of new muscle tissue altogether. This is called hyperplasia.

How does HGH benefit your health?
There is clear reduction in the secretion of growth hormone in people starting in the 30’s and 40’s. This reduction in HGH secretion is important because HGH stimulates myocytes ( the heart muscle cells ).This stimulation of the hearts muscle cells causes an increase in heart muscle strength. To put it plainly, your heart weakens as you age. This weakening is due in part to less growth hormone being released.
What is interesting about HGH is that your body’s supply does not diminish as you age. It is still produced in the pituitary gland. What happens however, is that as you age, your body produces other interfering hormones and substances that prevent it from being utilized.
HGH also plays a role in stimulating nitric oxide, which in turn causes increased blood flow. For those suffering from heart disease this means less chest pain ( angina ) and more energy. It also means a longer life. For athletes, higher levels of nitric oxide translates to more endurance and a greater pump for bodybuilders. Scientifically speaking, HGH is a powerful cardiovascular neuromodulator.

Fish Oil and HGH

HGH is typically released in greater amounts during your sleep. Your body also likes to have a certain environment in order for the HGH to be released and utilized. One of the factors that fights against HGH in the body is blood lipids ( fat’s in the blood ).
Fish oil, as should be no surprise, is composed of fats, EFAs to be exact.

When should I take fish oil

This little informational gem leads us to one easy recommendation. Don’t take fish oil at night. Take it for breakfast and lunch and if need be, no later than 4PM. You should in fact not be eating fatty foods after 5PM as well if you wish to increase your HGH secretion and utilization. HGH also does not like high insulin levels. Eating anything high in sugar ( > 120 Grams ) before going to bed will also fight against HGH utilization.
Fish oil is a great tool in your personal health arsenal. It’s important to know how and when to use it and why. Eating the right foods at the right time can really boost the effects of fish oil and save you money in the end!

The Truth About Fish Oil Supplements | SELF

Omega-3 fatty acids are healthy fats that are essential for good health, and since our body doesn’t make them, we have to get them from other sources. Here’s what you need to know about the supplement, and how you can get enough omega-3s without choking down a massive pill. First, let’s look at why people are popping fish oil pills in the first place. The Truth About Fish Oil Supplements | SELF

 

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Bad Teeth May Give Us Heart Disease

Probably one of our least favorite places to go is to the dentist.  When I was a young boy I had an accident that left me going to the dentist once a week for months.   He really didn’t have any toys that I wanted that made the trip easier for me.  I dreaded every week.  Looking back, it may have not been his most favorite time of the week either.  Pain management and dental care have come along way since then and certainly should be a part of our overall health care plan.  As this article points out, our oral hygiene can provide insight into our cardiovascular health.  It maybe time to schedule that trip to the dentist.

Bad teeth can be an early warning sign for heart diseases, claims a new study done in the U.S.Oral infections that destroy teeth have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease by researchers who have been reviewing current literature. They say inflammation-causing oral diseases, including cavities and gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis, are associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Significant evidence supports an association between oral infections and stroke.

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Six Supplements for Cardiovascular Health

This article in Natural News highlights 6 supplements that can help with cardiovascular health. The article begins with Vitamin E as a supplement for cardiovascular health.One recent study was stopped because of the negative results the researchers were seeing from those taking Vitamin E.What the researchers failed to use was a full spectrum Vitamin E.I would only take a full spectrum Vitamin E supplement.The rest of the supplements look good for Cardiovascular health and wellbeing.Just keep in mind they are supplements.I say that because supplementation should never take the place of a healthy lifestyle, in my humble opinion….

  1. Vitamin E.
  2. Vitamin C.
  3. L-Arginine.
  4. Garlic.
  5. Alpha-Lipoic Acid.
  6. Flavonoids.
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Heart Disease and Statins

 

It’s not unusual to be in a health conversation with someone today and they ask you if you know your cholesterol level.  It seems like there has been a big campaign to associate your cholesterol level with longevity, life and health.  That is why statin drugs have been so popular in mainstream medicine, because they have been able to lower cholesterol in those taking them.  However, this has not been without side effects.  Those taking statins are encouraged to have routine checkups along with blood analysis.  The more we learn about statin medication and cholesterol the more it seems that there is some type of disconnect between what is truth and what is fiction.

Yet the fact that people with high cholesterol live the longest emerges clearly from many scientific papers. Consider the finding of Dr. Harlan Krumholz of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University, who reported in 1994 that old people with low cholesterol died twice as often from a heart attack as did old people with a high cholesterol. Supporters of the cholesterol campaign consistently ignore his observation, or consider it as a rare exception, produced by chance among a huge number of studies finding the opposite.
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