The Llama Walk is an important longevity exercise.
Another longevity asset is Omega 3.
Dr. Jim Vigue is a friend who speaks at our Super Thinking seminars as a natural health expert. Dr. Jim was Healthtap’s # 1 Influencer in 2014. Healthtap www.healthtap.com is a $40 million dollar venture capital backed internet site connecting over 65,000 doctors with consumers who can get free answers to their medical and health questions.
Jim is also a former USA Baseball/Major League Players Association Coach of the Year as well as an award winning author and publisher. Jim’s publishing company Power Publications has edited, published, and ghostwritten dozens of books in the self development and natural health fields.
Jim’s personal story of what led him into the natural health field was recently featured in the Premier Edition of the book “How I Did It by Stardom Publishing”. Jim plans to introduce his latest project at our February writer’s camp.
Dr. Jim has always stressed the importance of omega 3s and told us how Omega 3s may be doing more than just helping longevity.:
OMG Omega 3
He wrote: If I could only take one supplement it would be a good omega 3 product.
When we designed our product we included vitamin D, the super anti oxidant astaxanthin and a proprietary anti oxidant blend along with the krill oil and calamarine oil.
This is a very powerful combination. When you compare a solid level of omega 3s in the blood to other interventions that delay the diseases of aging omega 3s come out first all the time.
The key is getting the blood level of omega 3s at a level that helps offset many of the diseases of aging including heart disease, diabetes, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s, arthritis and even some cancers.
The fact is that if you can get your omega 3 index around 8% you will age at less than half the rate as those with an index of around 3%. The Japanese are the longest lived people in the industrialized world because they have one of the highest omega 3 index values in the world.
The importance of measuring your Omega-3 Index:
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“No nutrient is more important for decreasing cardiovascular death – and more lacking – than omega-3.”
Bernadine Healy, MD Cardiologist and Past President of American Heart Association – Past Director of the NIH – Past Director of the Red Cross concludes: “Before long, your personal Omega-3 Index just could he the new cholesterol – the number you want to brag about.” Omega-3 content in red blood cells is a strong predictor cardiovascular disease.
Low levels of Omega-3 fatty acids are associated with higher rates of:
* Heart Disease, including:
* Sudden Cardiac Death (Primary Cardiac Arrest)
* Mortality from Congestive Heart Failure
* Mortality after heart attack
*2nd Heart Attack
* 1 st Heart Attack in those with High Triglycerides/Low HDL 2nd Stroke Cellular Aging
* Depression (Major Depressive Disorder) Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease, Inflammation ,Chronic Joint Swelling, Headaches, Prostate cancer.
In the USA and European Union, the average Omega-3 Index is 4-5%.
In Japan, the average diet is high in Omega-3 and the average Omega-3 Index is 9.5%.
In the USA, sudden cardiac death rates are about 20 times HIGHER than they are in Japan.
In one study, the Omega-3 index was measured in 704 individuals, some were taking fish oil supplementation and some were not. Only 1% of the group not taking fish oil had an Omega-3 Index 8%.
However, in the group that was taking fish oil, only 17% had an Omega-3 Index above 8%.
83% of people in the study taking fish oil were NOT getting to goal!!!
Dr. Jim said this simple fact that many common fish oils weren’t doing the job led him to develop his own high quality product. Initially designed for athletes but really for any active person.
Dr. Jim introduced a new word at one of our Writer’s Camps…Supertarian
A Supertarian is someone who:
1. Has a vitamin D level over 50
2. Has an omega index over 8.
3. Has a glucose level under 90
4. Has balanced hormones
He believes that anyone who can achieved this status will have a good chance of avoiding or at the bare minimum postponing the major diseases of aging.
Jim explained how omega products lower PSA scores and the risk of prostate cancer and how people need to get their omega index into the 8%+ range. Regular fish oil doesn’t do it and regular fish oil has contaminants and oxidizes too quickly. Basically fish oil is obsolete and much better lipid results are achieved with other formulations according to Dr. Jim.
If someone wants to get an omega index score they can order a finger prick test to send to a lab for around $140.00 or they can order it with their regular blood work. The US average score is around 4 while the longest lived people in the industrialized world (the Japanese) have scores over 8.
If you look at the Bernadine Healy quote that sort of sums up the way we see this:
“Before long, your personal Omega-3 Index just could be the new cholesterol-the number you want to brag about.”
And more research has come out on this since her quote that shows cholesterol isn’t the culprit it has been made out to be.
Jim’s belief is that there really is nothing else better for overall health than a healthy omega index. Heart disease is one area of course where omega-3s are known to benefit. But there is also the fact that a healthy omega score slows down telomere reduction and cellular aging, limits cognitive decline and helps hold off Alzheimer’s and reduces overall inflammation levels in the body(thereby improving joint pain).
Inflammation is considered a major factor in all the diseases of aging and this product does a great job at reducing CRP (C-Reactive Protein) which is the major inflammation marker. Jim explains how users of good Omega 3 formulations have increased levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and lower readings of both triglycerides and PSA scores.