Should You Take a Fish Oil Supplement?
When contemplating “What foods are good for your health?” a major food group that can’t be ignored is fish. If you are like me and have limited amounts of fish in your diet, take a fish oil supplement, which is normally a combination of salmon, anchovies, and sardines. These are available in gel caps and the recommended dosage, according to Dr. Barry Sears author of The Zone, is 2.5 grams or 2–3 1000 mg. gel caps per day. Pharmaceutical fish oil is recommended over the generic brands. How will you know the difference between pharmaceutical grade and generic grade? Dr. Barry Sears suggests breaking open a gel capsule and placing it in the freezer. If the oil does not freeze after 5 hours, then the oil is pharmaceutical grade. The benefits of fish oil or Omega 3 fatty acids are enormous so I guess some mothers had it right when they force-fed cod liver oil to their children!
Do Hot Peppers Cause Hemorrhoids or Ulcers?
Absolutely not! Capsaicinoids (the substances that give peppers their intensity) are broken down in the mouth and not in the remainder of the digestive system. What hot peppers can cause is an increase in metabolic rate and also a release of endorphins. Case and point: You won’t feel the heat in the toilet but you will feel it in your mouth!
Does Raw Milk Have More Health Benefits Than Pasteurized Milk?
Advocates of unpasteurized milk, or “raw milk,” claim a number of health benefits attributed to dairy products
that don’t go through the pasteurization process. They claim untreated milk is a “miracle cure” for illnesses such as asthma or gastrointestinal disorders. Pasteurization, however, is credited with preventing diseases such as diphtheria, salmonellosis and listeriosis. Food scientists stress that any benefits provided by raw milk are unsupported by scientific evidence. Case and point, although raw milk tastes incredible, the risks outweigh the benefits so don’t race out to buy your own cow…
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