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Beyond the Vegetarian Diet – Vegan and More

You remember that scene from Notting Hill where Hugh Grant goes out with a lady who claims to be a ‘Fruitarian’?
“We believe that fruits and vegetables have feeling so we think cooking is cruel. We only eat things that have actually fallen off a tree or bush – that are, in fact, dead already,” she explains.

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Jokes aside – a fruitarian diet is actually, a form of veganism where people eat only fruits, seeds and nuts that can be derived from plants without killing it, such as apples and oranges. Carrots and potatoes, however, are off the list.

Going as far back as ancient Egypt, veganism has always been a kind of diet practiced by alternative diet proponents. While vegans will leave no stone unturned when discussing the positive health effects of veganism, meat eaters go out of their way to praise meat as man’s god-given right.

Some of the most popular forms of alternative diets that have stemmed from veganism are:

  • Raw Veganism : Only uncooked plant products
  • Raw Animal diet: Uncooked animal products
  • Fruitarian: Fruits, seeds and nuts
  • Juicerian (aka Liquidarian): Juice made from fruits without killing the plant
  • Sproutarian: Sprouted seeds

The Diet to Live For

Alternate diets like vegan, fruitarian or raw are all quite popular all over the world with many people even choosing to put their pets on diets that they find are closer to their natural eating habits.

However, we can agree on one thing: no one diet is suitable for everyone. For instance, a raw diet consisting of animal products may not be suitable for someone who is allergic to milk and dairy products, no matter how highly they may think of such a diet.

Before you choose an alternative diet, ensure you do your research because there can be a lot of inaccurate data out there that is presented as fact. You don’t want to end up drinking raw unpasteurized milk only to discover it doesn’t even have the health benefit someone claims it does.

Nuique Omega 3 is a perfect choice for vegans as the first and original innovative omega 3 supplement to provide a sustainably sourced alternative to fish oil. It is ethical, natural, vegetarian and vegan society registered and provides a great source of both omega 3 DHA and EPA.

You can see our range of Omega 3 products here.

Why You Should Avoid Fish Oil Supplements

Some Good News on Overfishing

The European Parliament has approved a package of major reforms to the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), designed to cut waste and stop overfishing in European waters.

Under the current legislation, fishing crews that haul in more than the agreed quota often throw large quantities of dead fish back into the sea ? as they are not allowed to land the fish. The current system is called Total Allowable Catches (TACs), launched in 1983 is at the heart of the EU policy and is based on the each country?s previous catches.

We all know why changes have to be made – cod for example is has declined by 70% over the last 10 years, European fishing fleets have grown too large and are now too efficient for the dwindling fish stocks and fishery ministers have been reluctant to see their national quotas (TACs) cut. However, without the proper controls, there is a risk that surplus fish landed will simply be sold and incentivise overfishing.

The current system is also not meeting the European market?s needs. Fish imported from non EU countries now accounts for two-thirds of fish sold in the EU.

The Proposed Changes to the EU Common Fisheries Policy

In the approved package, in future fishing crews will have to land their entire catch. This is good news; surely discarding perfectly healthy dead fish back into the sea can?t be right and isn?t going to help. The commission says that fisheries should be managed on an ecosystem basis- with more flexibility in the system and scientific data should be collected on a larger number of fish species.

So, discards from 2014 should be phased out and the plan to start MSY (maximum sustainable yields) approach will be phased in by 2015. More has to be done, this is only the start.

A good start – but you can help stop overfishing now

It will be two years minimum before these proposed changes begin to phase-in, and doubtless there will be problems with non-compliance and policing the new rules. In the meantime there are concrete actions you can do to hep stop overfishing:

– If you must eat fish, buy a wider range of fish and avoid species that are endangered
– If you take fish oil supplements, opt for an algae omega 3 alternative.
– At your supermarket fish counter, make staff aware that their employer also needs to act responsibly to help create consumer demand for lesser known species. You might be surprised how some staff will acknowledge your concern and demonstrate knowledge about the subject. Their feedback makes it back to supermarket bosses surprisingly often
– Join Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall?s Fish Fight campaign – get involved and show your support.

Join Fish Fight and help stop overfishing

Further Reading:

* After 30 years of waste EU finally moves to end scandal of dumping deadfish – Daily Mail

* MEPs back fishing policy reform – Guardian

Omega-3 alert : The news you really need

Don’t let a couple of “fishy” reports sway you. The latest news about omega-3s isn’t good — it’s great! We know more than ever about how these good fats keep your body and brain younger. That means getting a daily dose is smarter than ever.

TV, newspapers, radio and online media went negative about omega-3 fatty acids twice in recent months. First, a review of brain studies said good fats don’t sharpen thinking skills. But there’s plenty of other research showing that fish oil, and especially the king of omega-3’s, DHA, is good for memory and mental sharpness — and skimping on it puts brain cells at risk. Second, a big review of heart studies concluded omega-3s don’t keep tickers in tip-top shape. But that analysis looked at people with already troubled hearts, didn’t factor in their fish oil doses, or factor out those taking heart drugs (like cholesterol-lowering statins) that may overshadow good fat’s inflammation-cooling effects.

The fact is, omega-3s are safe and packed with serious talents for slashing your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. The latest great news:
? Omega-3s cool body-wide inflammation. Inflammatory chemicals in your bloodstream — spinoffs of your body’s efforts to fight infection, an immune-system overreaction, or even from belly fat — put you at risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes, joint pain and more. But a daily dose of omega-3s turns off pro-inflammatory genes embedded in fat cells, while giving your body the building blocks it needs to produce more inflammation-cooling compounds. Good deal!

? Omega-3s keep your DNA young. Taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements daily keeps the protective “caps” on the ends of your DNA longer. These caps, called telomeres, get shorter with age, eventually allowing DNA to fray. That raises risk for heart disease and an early death.

? Omega-3s reduce free-radical damage. Rogue oxygen molecules in your body can ding your DNA in ways that increase odds for heart disease and brain decline. A regular fish-oil habit reduces this “oxidative stress” by 15 percent.

? Omega-3s pamper brain cells. Bumping up your DHA-omega-3 intake by just half a salmon filet per week could lower levels of brain cell-strangling beta amyloids in your bloodstream by 20 percent to 30 percent. Less in your blood means less in your brain — a good thing, since they’re responsible for the tangles around brain cells that characterize Alzheimer’s disease!

Omega-3s may deliver extra protection if you’re overweight or are a smoker. Getting back to a healthy weight and kicking cigs are important, but omega-3s can help protect you from the health risks that pile on from smoking and excess body fat. Fish oil reduces the stiffness of a smoker’s arteries (that contributes to heart attack and stroke risk). If you’re extremely overweight, a daily dose of fish oil can dial down inflammation.

Ready to get your daily helping of omega-3s? Here’s how to get ‘em like we do:

? Feast on omega-3-rich fish. Only two types of fish — salmon and wild trout — that are widely available in the U.S. and Canada are good sources of omega-3s. If you’re getting your omega-3s by eating two fist-size servings of fish per week, make sure it’s one of these. Canned salmon is one affordable way to do that.

? Pop the best omega-3 supplements. We recommend a daily 900 milligram DHA algal supplement (Dr. Mike heads the scientific advisory committee of one manufacturer). DHA is the most potent omega-3; from it, your body can make another type, EPA, which has heart-health benefits. Algal supplements are also great if you’re a vegetarian or don’t like fishy burps. Also, some fish oil supplements contain 30 percent palm oil (loaded with inflammation-boosting saturated fat), and algal oil doesn’t.

Balance omega-3s and omega-6s. Some experts say cutting back on omega-6 fatty acids, which may increase inflammation, while increasing omega-3s is a smart balancing act. Reduce your omega-6 intake the easy way by choosing canola or olive oil instead of corn or soybean oil for cooking and drizzling over salads.

Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. For more information, go to realage.com.

To read the article on Washington Examiner http://washingtonexaminer.com/omega-3-alert-the-news-you-really-need/article/2513085#.ULiu4eS6cV8

A Healthy Brain – The Positive Effects of Omega 3

the brain is my second favourite organ

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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