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Algae Supplements can Stop Overfishing

Algae Supplements can stop overfishing

Overfishing is the result of huge demand for fish and unsustainable fishing methods used around the world. The knock-on effects of this are wide-reaching and complex.

Countless species of fish such as bluefin tuna, Atlantic cod and many other sea and freshwater species have been fished to the brink of extinction. The damage is done not only to the species itself but to the entire eco-system in which they exist.

As well as the environmental consequences, overfishing has led to the collapse of whole economies, thousands of job losses and financial disaster for towns and cities around the world.

To address the problem of our over reliance on fish it is important that we act now. Simple decisions made in the supermarket can help change the fate of our oceans and send a message to product producers that things need to improve.

A Simple Step to Reduce our Demands on Fish Stocks

Consuming less fish is the best way to do your bit and there’s no need to miss out on the essential vitamins and oils.
We’re not suggesting you eat less fish, we’re advocating a different approach: an environmentally friendly alternative to fish oil supplements.

Nuique source our Omega 3 supplements – chemically identical to the oils in fish – directly from algae and under laboratory conditions.

This means the oil in our capsules is free from any toxins and contaminants as well as being sustainable and vegan.
Leaving you to enjoy the many benefits of the nutrient rich oil without causing any damage to our oceans.

And when you realise that fish actually get their Omega 3 from eating algae you can see that all Nuique’s supplements do is cut out the middle man, or is that the middle fish?

Next time you’re thinking about your dose of Omega 3, think about making the right choices for our oceans, rivers and you.

Discover more about our products on http://www.nuique.com/pages/faq.aspx”>this page

Algae and Humanity’s Evolution

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Could the introduction of algae into the diet of early animal man have had a dramatic impact in our evolution? The theories below are thought provoking and if you have an opinion why not leave a comment below…

Early Animal Man – Dry or Wetland Creature?

What’s your impression of early humans? Do you picture them making their home on grasslands, hunting down prey with sticks and spears? Some believe humans actually started their evolution somewhere a little less dry…

First proposed back in 1960 by Sir Alister Hardy, the ‘aquatic ape’ theory suggests that our human ancestors lived in aquatic habitats such as creeks and sea shores, rather than the savannah lands as is the current consensus.

To keep our heads above the surface while wading through rivers and sea waters, we developed our bipedal stance, and we lost our fur in favour of a layer of blubber-like fat, which would keep our bodies warm while submerged in water.

It’s argued that human sinuses – particularly large among animal species – provided buoyancy aids to further help us keep our heads from slipping under the water’s edge.

The Reason Early Humans Began Eating Algae

The aquatic ape theory may also explain why humans have much larger brains than our fellow apes. At some point in our evolution, humans developed much larger brains than those of primates, and if the aquatic ape theory is true, Omega 3 may have been pivotal in our rise to become the dominant species.

Dolphins have larger brains than land-dwelling mammals, and it’s believed this is because of their diet. Since they live on seafood, dolphins consume a large amount of DHA, the Omega 3 fatty acid which boosts brain growth.

Similarly, the aquatic ape theorises that early humans also had a DHA-rich diet of seafood, including algae (the source of the DHA in Nuique tablets!). It’s this diet which is responsible for the larger brains of modern man and woman.

As larger brains require more energy than typical muscle, our ancestors would have had to trade muscle mass for brain power. This would have made preying on animals rather difficult – as well as weak strength, our underdeveloped senses would have been unable to compete with other predators.

Instead, early hominids may have dined on the algae present in the wetlands – much easier and far less dangerous than hunting for animals! The algae would have provided humans with a sweet/umami taste which was not present in land-based foods – hence, our sweet tooth would have had us coming back for more!

As our brains and senses developed, humans would have moved on to eating aquatic plants, catching fish and breaking open crustaceans with tools – these would have provided even more DHA, as these aquatic creatures live on the algae themselves!

Is It Just A Theory?

Many critics are sceptical of this theory, arguing that our ‘aquatic’ features – bipedalism, lack of fur etc – actually would have arrived at separate points in our evolution. Additionally, water-habiting humans would have had to face predators such as crocodiles, as well as sidestep the risk of drowning. But it’s nevertheless an interesting theory which may, someday, become the consensus on early human life.

To find out more about Nuique’s algae products, and how they can help you, visit our FAQ and Advice section

Sources for this blog:
Did Algae’s Great Taste Make Us Do It? (i.e. Become Human?)
Big brains, no fur, sinuses … are these clues to our ancestors’ lives as ‘aquatic apes’?

A Healthy Brain – The Positive Effects of Omega 3

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As Woody Allen once said ?the brain is my second favourite organ.?

We need to look after it.

Already hailed for promoting healthy hearts ? It seems that taking a daily omega 3 capsule also has beneficial effects in the brain.

ADHD

A study this year at the? University in Queensland testing omega 3 on children with ADHD saw improved reading skills, spelling, and a drop in oppositional behaviour and decreases in hyperactivity. The scientists concluded that -?? If DHA supplementation can improve sustained attention and frontal lobe function in healthy children then future research should explore the benefits of omega 3 supplements for children who have development-delayed school performances.?

Pay attention kid!

SCHIZOPHRENIA

?For schizophrenia there is also good news.

Researchers for the Archives of General Psychiatry said –

“The finding that treatment with a natural substance may prevent, or at least delay, the onset of psychotic disorder gives hope that there may be alternatives to antipsychotic drugs,”

Antipsychotic drugs often do not sit well with lots of patients and can have side effects. Omega 3 supplements, on the other hand, are generally well tolerated and easy to take.

The international team from Austria, Australia and Switzerland tested people ?at particularly high risk of developing psychosis. Half of the individuals with a family history of the illness took 1.2 grams of omega-3 fatty acids for 12 weeks, while the other half took a placebo. ?Dr Paul Amminger and his team followed the group for a year.

Two in the Omega 3 group developed a psychotic disorder compared to 11 in the placebo group.

Based on the results, the investigators estimate that one high-risk adult could be protected from developing psychosis for every four treated over a year. They believe the omega-3 fatty acids found in the supplements may alter brain signalling in the brain with beneficial effects.

Can Omega 3 enhance positive feelings?

Alison Cobb, of the mental health charity Mind, said: “?This is hugely preferable to treating them with antipsychotics, which come with a range of problems from weight gain to sexual dysfunction, whereas omega-3s are actually beneficial to their general state of health.?

DEPRESSION

?For those people suffering from depression there also seems to be value in taking omega 3 supplements -?several scientific studies have highlighted that abnormal cell membrane fatty acid composition is related to depression, and that taking omega-3, appears to help normalise fatty acids in brain.?A recent meta-analysis of 14 studies looking at the levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids in depressive patients found that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid levels were significantly lower.

As 1 in 4 individuals will suffer from depression at some point in their lives, it is good to know that there is a safe and natural way not only to alleviate the symptoms of depression but also that taking omega 3 could reduce the possibility of developing the condition.

All told the evidence of the benefits of omega 3 in maintaining a healthy brain for yourself and your children seems to be gathering pace.

SOME FASCINATING BRAIN FACTS.

Weight. The weight of the human brain is about 3 lbs.

Grey matter. The brain?s grey matter is made up of neurons, and the glial cells which maintain them? Neurons are made up of axons – which carry the nerve impulse, and? the dendrites ? branched nerve endings -which gather and transmit signals between cells.?

White matter. The white matter is also made up of dendrites and axons, which have a sheath around them and create the network by which neurons send their signals from one part of the brain to another.?

Neurons. Your brain contains about consists of about 100 billion neurons.?Synapses are the connecting areas between neurons. There are anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 synapses for each neuron.

No pain. There are no pain receptors in the brain, so the brain can feel no pain, but it interprets what is causing the pain, how bad it is,? and what to do about it.

Fat. The human brain is the fattest organ in the body and may consists of at least 60% fat. About a third of the fat is made up of long chain omega 3 compounds containing DHA and EPA.

So look after your brain with ?our ?naturally ?vegan Omega 3.

?The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.?

?-?Robert Frost -

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Brad Pitt, Sunburn, and Cheap Health Insurance!

We can tell you all you need to know about the health benefits of our best selling Nuique Omega 3. We all like to read about the science behind this wonder supplement -Yet sometimes we just need reassurance from other sources. Celebrities!

Gwyneth Paltrow swears by Omega 3

Gwyneth Paltrow swears by the miraculous impact of Omega 3 on her complexion. Katy Perry, Marilu Henner and Lisa Snowdon are all big fans. Fitness fanatic Hilary Swank used it to get in shape for her boxing role in Million Dollar Baby. Hilary actually suffered from mercury poisoning from eating too much fish on the shoot, which can be completely avoided by taking our natural Nuique algae based Omega 3.  The ever young looking Cherie Lunghi, currently on tour in Steel Magnolias, always insures she takes a daily dose to stay fit and healthy.

And it’s not just the girls…

Brad Pitt, Daniel Craig and other Hollywood Hunks can get that ripped look with help from Omega 3 fatty acids. Because Omega 3 fats have been proven to have a wide range of benefits in different scientific studies. Among these benefits, they promote fat burning, and make your body more efficient when taking energy from fat stores.

With summer here we all want to look best for the season.

Here comes the sun.

The sun is out here in the UK and we all need to protect our skin from burning and those premature wrinkles that UVA rays cause. The good news is that Omega 3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, sunburn and it can also reduce your risk of melanoma, a deadly type of skin cancer.

Omega 3 helps get that fat free muscle-honed look

 

A research group in Liverpool has tested the effect of Omega 3 fatty acids in people. A group of volunteers were exposed to artificial UVB light till reddening of the skin occurred before starting taking Omega 3 capsules. Nearly nine months later and skin biopsies were taken from six subjects. It was shown that their tolerance to UVB radiation improved significantly. After one month of treatment the effect compared to before the treatment started was statistically significant. The tolerance improved continuously during 6 months of treatment and disappeared rapidly after stopping Omega 3 intake.

 

 

Health insurance on the cheap?

From simple annoyances like – Can’t find your car keys ? Can’t concentrate ? To helping protecting yourself from brain damage after a stroke, keeping your vision sharper and giving your heart a helping hand. Taking Omega 3 is a kind of health insurance policy that you’d be stupid to avoid. Prevention is better than cure they say … It’s also a lot cheaper.

Of course we would say that because here at Nuique we are evangelists for Omega 3. And we believe we supply the safest, trusted and most effective Omega 3 you can buy.

But you don’t have to take our word for it, Here are some examples of what some experts have been writing this month in the esteemed Washington Examiner :Dr. Mehment Oz, Michael Roizen wrote –

Omega 3s guard your brain. There’s ever more evidence that DHA omega 3 does great things for your gray and white matter. The key is DHA: the active component of omega 3. Missing out on these good fats shrinks your brain and boosts dementia risk.?DHA omega 3s keep your vision sharp. And they slash your risk for low vision and blindness. These good fats help by cooling inflammation, slowing the overgrowth of blood vessels in the eyes and keeping your retinas – the “movie screens” in your eyes – damage-free.  Ready to grab your daily dose?  Do Omega 3s right, by getting them the way we do – pure natural and simple. Take an omega 3 supplement daily. It’s your good-fat insurance policy. So pop what we pop: Pure Natural Algae-based omega 3. These great supplements get their fats from the same place fish do: microscopic algae.?

Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

Hollywood hunks? Omega 3 makes a difference

Using Nuique algae based omega 3 is natural and unlike fish based products is guaranteed to be toxin free. It’s also vegan,vegetarian, and obviously free from heavy metals and PCB’s. If this is not enough great reasons to take the plunge, then consider that they are also free from filler additives.

So whether you take your supplements because celebrities endorse them or you want reassurance from good scientific advice then we suggest you try our Nuique Omega 3 as it is one of the most effective and natural products on on the market.

New Study, Research Links Weight Loss + Omega 3

Weight Loss With Omega 3

Weight Loss and Omega 3

Two new studies reveal interesting research that suggests that Omega 3 fats play an important part in both avoiding weight gain in obese patients but also in helping with short term weight loss too.

Dietary linoleic acid elevates endogenous 2-AG and anandamide and induces obesity by Alvheim et al National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES), Bergen, Norway ,? National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA? Department of Bio-medicine, University of Bergen, Norway published in Obesity (Silver Spring). 2012 Feb 15

London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston said? “The Norwegian study looked at endocannabinoid function, that affects mood and appetite and explored the idea that an imbalance of Omega 6 and Omega 3 affects this system, boosting hunger. Unfortunately this study was on mice so human trials are needed to prove this hypothesis and their claim that ‘the adipogenic effect of LA can be prevented by consuming sufficient EPA and DHA to reduce the AA -phospholipid pool and normalize endocannabinoid tone’ ”

“However is not rocket science and in clinic I frequently witness a body’s apparent response to a lack of particular nutrients and seemingly crisis manage the situation by releasing hormones to encourage over eating causing weight gain”

“The idea of? ‘eat fat to lose fat’ is not a new one as has been championed my manufacturers and suppliers of flax seed and? flax seed oil for many years.”

“However vegetarian / vegan algae Omega 3 EPA and DHA is a much more reliable way of re-balancing an imbalance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 as the fats are pre-converted and thus less affected by depleted stores of synergistic vitamins and minerals to process the fats and confounding factors such as mental and physical stress.”

“The other study published in British Journal of Nutrition in January showed that in a double-blind, randomized study of two diets, the group that ate a diet that featured fish oil enjoyed a greater fat loss than the placebo group. This adds further weight to the argument that a diet richer in Omega 3 aids successful weight management protocol.

Once again algae Omega 3 seems a superior logical choice as standard fish oil is typically over 70% NOT Omega 3 fats and also risks contamination with mercury and PCBs which is likely to hinder weight loss.”

NuIQue is a supplier of high quality, high purity, sustainable algae Omega 3 alternatives to fish oil DHA and EPA

Yvonne Bishop-Weston is lead clinical nutritionist and founder of? Foods for Life Health and Nutrition Consultancy with clinics in London Harley Street, Surrey and Hampshire and believes the current reliance on fish oil is unsustainable for both health and the good of the planet.