Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids Still May Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Recently a meta analysis of omega-3 studies concluded “omega-3 PUFA supplementation was not associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality, cardiac death, sudden death, myocardial infarction, or stroke based on relative and absolute measures of association” (18). News outlets reported on this study and the public opinion of fish fat as a beneficial compound for preventing cardiovascular disease likely suffered. I won’t get into my problem with meta analysis studies like this (or this one in particular), but I will say I think there is convincing evidence that omega-3’s will reduce the risk of CVD. Continue reading

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Stress Hormones and Diet: Cortisol

Cortisol is probably the most well known of the hormones associated with stress. It’s been said that when cortisol is elevated you are by definition experiencing stress. Like all hormones, it can be good or bad depending on the context. Without getting into that context let’s look at how what you eat affects cortisol: Continue reading