The nutritional supplement market is a multi-billion dollar industry, but most consumers don’t realize that supplement manufacturers have NO responsibility to sell you products that are actually effective. That’s why it can be so confusing to sift through the marketing mumbo-jumbo and get to the evidence.
Fatty acid supplements are one such example. Many people are concerned about their omega-3 intake (as they should be) and with the multitude of benefits associated with high dietary intakes of omega-3s, particularly those from fish, it is not surprising that many people elect to take omega-3 or fish oil supplements.
While the jury is still out on the benefit derived from taking omega-3 supplements, what about the other omega fatty acids on the market, such as omega-3-6-9 supplements? Are they worth the added coin or simply a marketing ploy?
It’s our last semi-final match! Chia seeds may get all of the press, but sesame is coming off of an impressive upset over pumpkin seeds due to superior fibre and micronutrients. Who will take on flaxseed in the finals?
Achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight is a key factor in good health. Your brain plays an essential role by driving appetite based on the body’s energy needs… ideally that is. Unfortunately, this system is not always in perfect balance and the end result is often weight gain.
While there are also numerous other factors that affect energy balance which should not be forgotten – appetite hormones, environmental cues, social cues, etc. – this week, we are focused on brain health. In short, you need a healthy brain to correctly regulate appetite (1). How can what you eat help build your brain?
It’s an all-Canadian seed battle in this semi-final match-up!
Canada is the largest producer of flaxseed, supplying over 30% of worldwide demand, and although China produces the most hempseed, Canadian crops supply much of the American market because hempseed (even for food!) cannot legally be grown in the US. Who will take the win to go to the finals?
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