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Why the New Craze for Chia Seeds?

Posted on 07/1/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthRemember the chia pets from the ’70s, those cute little clay animals that grew green “hair” from sprouting seeds on top of their heads? These days it’s chia seeds — cousins of those used in the kitschy figurines — that are the current craze for the health benefits they pack. The tiny seeds are being used as a topping for yogurt, mixed into cereal or muffins, and added to energy bars, superfood smoothies and desserts. I just ate a delicious coconut milk …

Do Fish Oil Pills Protect Your Heart? Big Study Says No

Posted on 09/13/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor the millions who hoped that popping one of those amber omega-3 fish oil pills every day might protect against heart disease, a major study has disappointing news. The analysis of nearly 70,000 heart patients in 20 studies dating back to 1989 finds that omega-3 doesn’t lower users’ risks of heart attack, stroke or death from heart disease. The study is the latest in a long-running controversy over whether omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish like salmon, mackerel, trout …

Fish Oil Pills: No Help Against Mental Decline

Posted on 06/14/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you’ve been buying omega-3 fish oil pills to help prevent mental decline as you age, save your money. Better yet, use that money to buy real fish. A new analysis of fish oil research finds that omega-3 fatty acid capsules don’t provide any protection against declines in thinking and memory skills among older adults. As Reuters reports, the theory has been that because the brain is rich in the type of polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fish oil, adding …

Longevity News

Posted on 01/20/2010 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

Personal HealthI don’t eat seafood – but this article from the Wall Street Journal today is seriously making a good case for consuming more fish with omega-3 fatty acids. Sure, we’ve known for a long time that those acids are linked to a healthy heart – but a new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that there may be another benefit of omega 3: longevity. Patients who had high intake of omega-3 had relatively longer “telomeres,” which …