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We Heart Fish Oil

September 3, 2013 — Leave a comment
Adding fish oil to your diet has profound health benefits.

Adding fish oil to your diet has profound health benefits.

Fish oil has been increasingly gaining more popularity recently, and in turn receiving much more scientific research these days. This a good thing! While there are numerous benefits to adding fish oil supplementation into your lifestyle, we want to concentrate on the heart-healthy benefits of this nutritional powerhouse.

Who is Fish Oil for?

Luckily for us, fish oil is far and wide most likely the best supplement you can choose to add to your cupboard (of course eating a diet rich in fish is great, too!). Fish oil provides a wide array of benefits for athletes and sedentary people alike. You don’t need to be an athlete or a gym rat to reap the benefits of fish oil. Due to body composition benefits, anyone and everyone should be supplementing with fish oil. Bottom line – it’s awesome!

Fish oil’s primary components are fatty acids known as DHA and EPA. Why these are great is because in the human body, these can be stored in the bilayer of cells for future use. Yep it’s true! By consuming proper amounts of EPA and DHA containing fish oils, you can actually alter the chemical composition of the fats that make up the bilayer of your cells. What does this mean? The processes of your body that utilizes fats, now have these long chain and short chain fatty acids to utilize for energy and body function. Good stuff! Continue Reading…

Flax Seed Oil vs. Fish Oil

August 24, 2013 — 2 Comments
Fish oil and Flax oil can both be utilized to benefit the human body in great ways!

Fish oil and Flax oil can both be utilized to benefit the human body in great ways!

These days, everyone has heard of either flax seed oil or fish oil- better known as omega-3 supplements, or essential fatty acids (EFA) if you wanna get fancy.

Both hold their purpose in the human body, but which is better? Well, the short answer is that fish oil is a superior source of omega-3 fatty acids. Does that mean that flax seed oil doesn’t serve a purpose? Absolutely not.

Flax seed oil is known to be rich in a certain fatty acid called ALA, as you can see here.

Flaxseed and other plant-based foods including walnuts, canola oil, and soybeans are rich in an omega-3 fatty acid called ALA.

With that said, however, flax seed oil does not contain the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA

But flaxseed lacks the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which have shown cardiovascular benefits in past studies

ALA (flax) versus EPA and DHA (fish)

With all the studies done on ALA and EPA and DHA, it’s still a little inconclusive whether or not ALA delivers the same positives as its 2 counterparts.

According to this article from WebMD, a study was performed on firefighters, with different sets of groups given ALA, and EPA / DHA supplements. Continue Reading…

Check out some supplements to enhance your muscle building goals.

Check out some supplements to enhance your muscle building goals.

Building muscle is no easy feat.

It takes tons and tons of hard work and dedication to pack on slabs of muscle. A clean, strict diet is number 1 when attaining your body composition goals, always!

You can, however, get assistance from supplements. The supplement industry is a multi-bilion dollar a year industry.

Which Supplements Are Worth the Money?

There are tons of shitty supplements on the market. It can get overwhelming, especially for newbies.

But there are a handful of supplements that can greatly assist you in getting to where you want to be, as this this piece from GeneticWar.com explains.

An important side note: NOTHING WILL HELP MORE THAN A DEDICATED WORKOUT ROUTINE AND A CLEAN DIET STRUCTURE! Continue Reading…

Read this article to find out the truth about fish oil supplements

Read this article to find out the truth about fish oil supplements

Recently there was a study that claimed fish oil supplments caused prostate cancer in men. It claimed:

This study confirms previous reports of increased prostate cancer risk among men with high blood concentrations of LCω-3PUFA.

I’m sure your eyebrows are already furrowed, and the skepticism is flying high. Well, you’re damn right to react like that, before even getting into the information. And note, I say information loosely.

This study is completely whack! The numbers and the so-called statistics, that the so-called scientists, in this so-called study, used, are beyond weak. But who doesn’t love a good media frenzy and something else to knock on in the supplement industry?

The premise of this study is that the scientists claim that eating fish oil (omega-3) supplements are hazardous. The study does not discuss nor mention the consequences of eating a high fish diet, particularly salmon, but rather focuses solely on the use of the capsules. Ya know, since they’re pills, they muuuuust be bad. Bullshit!

The study above Continue Reading…

Supplements

Supplements are great, but don’t make the mistake of thinking they will replace real, nutritious foods!

There are tons of supplements on the market; some great, some complete shit. It can get kind of tedious deciding which supplements to take and which ones are a waste of money, so I am going to run down briefly some of the best supplements men should be taking. There will surely be differing schools of thought on this, but this list will incorporate what I think are the best supplements athlete men should be consuming:

  • Multivitamin – Vitamins and minerals you don’t always get from food.
  • Ginseng – Good for your heart and good for your manhood.
  • Fish Oil – Essential fatty acids. Good for your heart, good for your brain, good for cholesterol.
  • Glucosamine / Chondroitin / MSM – Good for joints and connective issue.
  • Creatine – Replenishment of ATP, delays muscle fatigue, increases pump.
  • Protein Supplements – Muscle recovery, reduced soreness. The essential building blocks for lean tissue.
  • BCAAs – Essential amino acids, improve muscle growth, improve recovery and healing.
  • Antioxidants – Keeps you healthy and may induce fat loss.
  • Test Boosters (natural) – Increases natural test levels, keeps body fat low, great state of mind.
  • Ginkgo Biloba – Cognitive function, blood flow and vascularity.
  • Horny Goat Weed – Too awesome and too much to write a short description – Click the link!

Keep in mind: Supplements are just that – supplemental. Nothing will replace a good nutritious diet and a hard workout program. In a perfect world, supplements are technically not necessary. But a perfect world is hard to attain for most of us, which is why the supplement industry is so successful. I say, get some of these supplements and incorporate them into a healthy diet and workout program, and you will reap the benefits!

And of course, we didn’t forget about the ladies… here you go: The Best Supplements For Women