If you have been regularly reading my posts or using Core 4 Nutrition products, you should know that omega 3 fatty acids, whole-food micronutrients, vitamin D3 and nitric oxide form the foundation of maximum health and performance. And, more specifically, that an optimal omega 3 level (an index of 14% to 16%) has a powerful effect on inflammation, blood flow, tissue oxygenation, mental function, cardiovascular function and the rate at which your body ages.
In addition, omega 3's have been shown to positively effect both muscle (increasing it) and visceral fat (decreasing it) by improving insulin sensitivity (which controls blood sugar and muscular recovery). Because omega 3 fats reduce abdominal, visceral fat they are directly linked to significantly lower rates of obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
A recently-published study explains why Core 4 users who take the correct dosage of fish oil find it much easier to get and stay lean,while increasing both their energy and endurance.
I want to thank my colleague Dr. Dave Woynarowski, MD for bringing this study to my attention.
Omega-3 supplementation alters mitochondrial membrane composition and respiration kinetics in human skeletal muscle. Yes, it's a little bit technical, but you can read the abstract here.
The study specifically investigated how higher doses (at least 3 grams per day) of an omega 3 supplement alter our mitochonidria, the powerhouse of our cells. In a nutshell, researchers confirmed our observed findings that an optimal omega 3 level enhances the body's ability burn stored fat for energy.
Here’s a summary of what they found:
1. If you are a Core 4 client, you already know what the researches learned: That the regular use of an absorbable, high-quality fish oil will increase your omega 3 (good) and reduce your omega 6 (bad) fatty acid levels at the cellular level.
Why is this point of particular importance? Because cellular membranes are the gate keepers of our cellular health; they control not only what can or can't enter the cell, but how well it will respond. For more on this topic, listen to this very interesting and informative talk by Dr. Dave.
2. Researchers demonstrated significant improvement in the mitochondria’s ability to use fat and oxygen to make energy. In short, ingesting more healthy, omega 3 fats will help you burn more body fat.
Muscle is one of the most energy-dependent tissues in the body. Muscular activity not only allows you to move, it determines your outward, physical appearance by effecting both your body weight and body composition.
To function most efficiently, muscles need to be fueled by fat. As a result, they muscles rely upon strong, mitochondrial activity. Recall that the primary job of the mitochondria is to combine oxygen and fat, creating energy in the form of a molecule called "ATP". When regularly fed adequate amounts of omega 3 fats, the mitochondria can work longer and harder in supporting your body's ability to access and utilize fat for muscular energy.
3. Researchers also showed that adequate amounts of fish oil can actually protect the mitochondria from damage.
This is very important because free radicals are the inevitable by-product of energy production! If you are an athlete seeking improved physical performance, achieving and maintaining an optimal omega 3 level is an absolute must. Without omega 3 support, your mitochondria will become damaged; your health and performance will decline and your body will actually begin to age faster!
If you want to get lean and mean, this is what you need to do:
1. Take one tablespoon of Just Peachy (1 bottle per month) and two capsules of Pharmax Finest Fish Oil (1/2 bottle per month) each and every day.
2. Eliminate your use of vegetable oils such as corn, canola, safflower and soy
3. Switch to eating grass-fed meats, pastured eggs and some cold water fish—like wild salmon.
4. Periodically assess your omega 3 level.
Once you’ve tweeked your diet and taken supplements for 6 months, it will be time for you to measure your results. Did you achieve your 15% omega 3 index goal? Is your omega 6 to omega 3 ratio now less than 3:1? There’s only one way to find out—by assessing your fatty acid levels in the comfort and convenience of your own home. It's quick, easy and painless.
If you missed this previous post, you might want to read more about how optimal levels of vitamin D3 and omega 3 fatty acids can actually slow down the aging process and keep you going stronger and faster for longer!