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Omega-3 101 — A Simple Way to Lower Your Risk of Disease

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A few years ago,  William (Bill) Harris, Ph.D  founded the Fatty Acid Research Institute (FARI) 1   in South Dakota, which specializes in epidemiological research, where they look at the relationship between blood omega-3 levels and risk for disease. He's also a faculty member of the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. "We're trying to build a case that omega-3 levels in the blood are as, if not more, important than knowing your cholesterol level when it comes to your health and being able to control it,"  he says. The Omega-3 Index What he's referring to is the level of omega-3 in your red blood cell membranes. Two decades ago, his team developed a red blood cell membrane-based omega-3 test called the Omega-3 Index. You can take the  Omega-3 Index test at their website for only $49.95 . The Index measures the amount of EPA and DHA, the two long-chain omega-3s found in marine sources, in red blood cell memb

19 Most Important Supplements to Take - Dr Joseph Mercola

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While dietary supplements cannot take the place of a healthy lifestyle, they can be used strategically to boost your health, especially in cases of deficiency. In the U.S., 57.6% of adults aged 20 and over use supplements, with multivitamins, vitamin D and omega-3 fats representing the top three. 1   Another survey put the percentage of Americans using supplements at 86%. 2 So, it's safe to say that many people are interested in taking control of their health with the support of supplemental vitamins, minerals and other compounds. But, when it comes to supplements, more isn't always better. To ensure you're using only supplements you need — avoiding wasting your money while maintaining your body's balance — I recommend using dietary interventions first. Next, work with a holistic health care practitioner who can guide you on which supplements your body truly needs.  19 Supplements I Consider Essential The best supplements for you depend on your

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