The Omega-3 Protocol Designed by Garey Simmons, AADP, CHC
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I have been dreaming and conjuring up images to express the similarities and differences of the three types of Omega-3 oils that we carry in our store. I also want to explain why it’s a really good idea to be taking all three types of Omega-3s.
I am going to illustrate this at least three different ways and will keep adding to this article as I develop the information. When I say develop, I mean draw up these ideas with the skill of a 5 year old, hand it over to a professional graphic artist and then edit and rectify the illustrations and hopefully they will speak to you and make some sense. My fingers are crossed!
This first illustration began with an idea of a ship passing through the Panama Canal. Then it morphed into an icebreaker ship churning through arctic ice and finally a large passenger ship carrying many souls through dangerous waters came into mind. Here’s why: Life on planet earth has become toxic. Well meaning industrialists have invented processes in our food supply that enables us to buy tomatoes from Holland, rice from China, asparagus from Chile and wine from Australia. Yes, it is possible for mother earth to feed 7 billion people as long as we can figure out how to exchange goods and currencies. However the processes while well meaning have also rob us of integral nutrients. Phytosterols, essential fatty acids and vitamins have been replaced with synthetic molecules and food dyes to make the food look really good and last a long time on the shelves, but we are not getting real nutrition. I am painting with a broad brush, but I really want to make the case that today’s apple in the supermarket is not the same as an apple my grand pappy may have eaten 80 years ago. Farm raised salmon dyed pink to make it look like wild salmon contains no Omega-3 fatty acids. Nutritional value has been lost. With that being stated, let’s move on to the core of one of the bodies most essential components: essential fatty acids.
To get back to what is called the ‘hunter-gather’ model of nutrition, we have studied the habits of those peoples who live close to the earth and get their sustenance from local sources without processing. Local farmers markets and eat local campaigns are helping the conscious ones to get back to basics. Eating raw and eating local is a good start but there is a matter of convenience and the fast paced society in which we find ourselves. We have to adapt. We need a vehicle to get us from where we are nutritionally to where we need to be. Plant based vitamins and expressed essential fatty acids are part of the answer. The case for one super nutrient:
There are three Omega-3 oils that are being sold on the market today. Well, there’s more, but really I am only interested in premium oils, full of health benefits, not necessarily the food grade fish oils that have little or no effective benefits because most people can’t or won’t take them due to the unpleasant repeating (fish burps). The three major Omega-3 oils are highly purified Omega-3 EPA/DHA, Krill Oil and Calamarine Oil which has a higher DHA over EPA ratio. Each type of Omega-3 oil embodies certain unique properties that make it uniquely beneficial to the human body.
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1. True Omega-3: A Powerhouse of Goodness!
True Omega-3 is our staple brand of premium EPA/DHA EFAs. It is highly potent. Now what does this alphabet soup mean?
EPA the abbreviation for eicosapentaenoic acid. EPA is a polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) that acts as a precursor for prostaglandin-3 (which inhibits platelet aggregation). In plain English, this means EPA helps to thin the blood and allows the blood serum to pass easily through the circulatory system. Basically it helps the blood to be silky and smooth as it processes through the body. This is important for cardiovascular health. De-clumping platelets means you will live longer and have a much lower chance for a cardiac event. It helps to prevent thrombosis. Nobody wants thrombosis in their life. Unfortunately over 1 million Americans will experience thrombosis this year. This is known as a heart attack, or in medical terms a coronary thrombosis or myocardial infarction.
Half of all heart attack victims die from the event. This is why it’s is kind of important!
DHA is the abbreviation for docosahexaenoic acid. DHA is the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid in the brain and retina. DHA comprises 40% of the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the brain and 60% of the PUFAs in the retina. Fifty percent of the weight of a neuron’s plasma membrane is composed of DHA.DHA modulates the carrier-mediated transport of choline, glycine, and taurine, the function of delayed rectifier potassium channels, and the response of rhodopsin contained in the synaptic vesicles, among many other functions.DHA deficiency is associated with cognitive decline.PS controls apoptosis, and low DHA levels lower neural cell PS and increase neural cell death. DHA are reduced in the brain tissue of severely depressed patients.
May I translate into plain English? Your brain and eyes are made up of DHA Omega-3 molecules. Most of what you have in gray matter came from your mother’s placenta and breast milk, if you were breast fed. Very, very little Omega-3 essential fatty acids remain in store bought food. Some manufacturers have begun adding them back in to foodstuffs but its not the same as eating free range beef and fatty fish. In the 21st century, its almost impossible to get a reasonable amount of OMega-3s in your diet. Supplementation rises to the occasion and provides what you need. That is why I am in this business!
EFAs simply stands for Essential Fatty Acids. There are many of them, but for our purposes we are going to limit this topic to Omega-3s which are the MOST beneficial for human health. We know this from studies done in the 1970s and onward in which populations which consumed a lot of essential fatty acids have very little incidence of heart disease… In short, the problem with fats is that we typically ingest the wrong ones. You know about trans fats but you may not know about Omega-6 fats. They are needed in a small quantity but most Americans get 20 times the Omega-6 to Omega-3. The ratio is 20:1 when it should be 1:1. Why? Omega-6 is pro-inflammatory and Omega-3 is anti-inflammatory. Both are needed for the immune system to function. What happens if you get 20:1 on the pro-inflammatory side? You get heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and so on. The case of the post-industrial modern disease syndrome solved! So simple, so crazy and so easy to fix!
So at the base of the ship we have True OMega-3 the staple of our Omega-3 diet. Take two capsules a day. (1400 mgs of EPA/DHA)
2. Antarctic Krill Oil: The Ice Breaker
In the forward part of the ship, the bow, we have the “icebreaker” region: Antarctic Krill Oil. This opens the gateway to allow safe passage. It’s the key that unlocks the door. Why? First of all, Krill is the most abundant species on earth! The mass of Krill in the oceans outweighs human beings by 8:1. They replenish themselves every few days. The oils expressed from the low in the food chain creatures are phospholipid based which may mean nothing to you and you may have been daydreaming in biology class in tenth grade when the teacher was explaining how human cell structure is phospholipid based. And really you don’t need to know this to understand that two capsules of Krill Oil a day will very quickly enter into your system, cross the blood-brain barrier and deliver Omega-3 oil quickly to where it is most needed. You don’t need to have be an electrical engineer to understand how to flip the switch to turn on the lights. You just flip the switch and the magic happens. Take two Krill Oil capsules a day and watch the magic. (366 mgs of Omega-3s, 400 mgs of phospholipids)
3. Calamarine: High DHA Omega-3 – Protect Your Brain!
High DHA OMega-3 Calamarine is the new kid on the block. I placed the Calamarine on the navigation bridge of the ship. Why? You need your head to navigate the ship. Calamarine is higher in DHA than EPA. It is a green earth product. It is bio-sustainable. It’s certified ‘Friend of the Sea.’ By taking 2 capsules a day you are ensuring nutrition for your brain. You are ensuring the protective coating of the neural pathways stays intact. You are providing the base material for good cell structure for your brain and your eyes. You can help prevent macular degeneration by supplement with a highly potent DHA product like Calamarine. (1000 mgs of DHA/EPA)
You see why I say this is the best of all worlds solution? With two capsules of each type of the Omega-3 Protocol, you are getting a daily dose of 2,766 mgs of Omega-3 in various forms as nutritional support which is guaranteed to improve your health, decrease your risk of heart disease and help to sustain you for years to come. Keep reading to find out what my childhood reading of space cadets junior novels has to do with the Omega-3 Protocol.
Tom Corbett and the Space Cadets: An analogy.
When I was nine or ten years old, I found a series of books that I fell in love with. It was called Tom Corbett and the Space Cadets. I managed to obtain all six of them and I am sure I read each one many, many times.
They were set in the future with three cadets who provided the archetypes of strong leadership, brains and brawn. Tom was the team’s captain. He provided the executive decision making skills. Out there in front on all issues, Tom was the leader (Tom is like our Antarctic Krill Oil, opening the gateways to adventure and possibility.) Roger Manning was computing all sorts of algorithms in his head and using his electronic slide rule. Computers weren’t common place in 1960! The brains of the outfit, Roger could calculate his way out of a meteor shower with half his brain tied behind his back. (Roger is like Calamarine, symbolizing a powerful mind) Now Astro was in the tubes, below deck, working with all sorts of thrust problems, wrenching those plutonium turbines with his massive strength, meeting the demands that Tom or Roger required for maneuvering in and out of danger. (Astro is like True Omega-3 providing absolute brunt force to solving the 4 major issues of modern life’s health challenges.)
Navigating the Oceans of Life and Surviving Its Turbulence: Solving the Puzzle
Omega-3 essential fatty acids in any form will do good for your body. Using this 2 X 3 capsule a day protocol, two each of the three forms of Omega-3s will enhance your health and give you the added support you need to cope with the ferociousness of life’s troubles. Add stress created by common health issues and you will have a puzzle that needs to be solved.
At the core of the puzzle is our Omega-3 Protocol. It only takes a minute or two a day to take your twice daily dose. Three capsules in the morning and three capsules in the evening. It’s truly easier than brushing your teeth.
If you can brush your teeth, you can use this protocol to enhance your health and give yourself a new base line of optimism for moving forward with other health goals. We call this a gateway activity. These two minutes a day will provide you with major resources in forming other healthy habits.
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Use the protections available to you and enjoy the protocol. Let’s review the Omega-3 Protocol.
The Ultimate Heart Disease
Prevention and Support!
Heart Disease Is Still The #1 Killer of Americans
MILLIONS OF AMERICANS suffer from heart disease. In fact it is the number one killer of all Americans, men and women alike. Many women think breast cancer is the number one killer. The statistics show otherwise. “About 39,520 women in the U.S. were expected to die in 2011 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1990. (breastcancer.org) That’s a lot of women. Now let me shock you. Compare 39,520 with this:
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. In 2006, 315,930 women died from it. 8 times higher! (cdc.gov)
- Heart disease killed 26% of the women who died in 2006 – more than one in every four. (cdc.gov)
- About 2,200 people per day die from heart disease with 1.1 million heart attacks occurring each year. (aha.org)
- About half of all heart attacks end in death. (aha.org)
- One heart attack occurs every 39 seconds in the USA. (aha.org)
The most common form of heart disease is myocardial infarction, commonly known as a heart attack. There are a few reasons we have so many heart attacks in the United States. Unhealthy diets, sedentary lifestyles, high stress jobs, take your pick.
In the 1970s, doctors performed several studies on the Inuit Eskimos of Greenland. Their diet was fatty but heart disease was surprisingly absent.
The key to the lack of arteriosclerosis was a fatty diet. “What?” you say. Whale blubber, salmon, sardines provided these Eskimos with a healthy dose of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids. Levels of inflammation proved to be much lower than that of American citizens, where processed oils are involved in so much of the cooking and baking. A landmark study of 11,324 patients over a 10 year period proved a significant reduction in heart disease deaths with the addition of 1 gram of EPA/ DHA Omega-3 on a daily basis. (GISSI-Prevenzione) In short, the addition of a powerful Omega-3 to the daily diet is functionally the best place to begin to lower the incidence of heart attack. Yes, it helps to be active. Yes, it helps to keep your weight in check. However, across all populations, the addition of a single nutrient, Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids has proven most effective.
One Solution Stands Out Above All Others.
Heart disease being the No. 1 Killer of American is a big problem but the solution can be amazingly simple.
American Heart Association: “Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the heart of healthy people, and those at high risk of, or who have, cardiovascular disease.”
WebMD: “The benefits of omega-3s include reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke while helping to reduce symptoms of hypertension, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), joint pain and other rheumatoid problems, as well as certain skin ailments. Some research has even shown that omega-3s can boost the immune system and help protect us from an array of illnesses including Alzheimer’s disease.”
Dr Barry Sears, one of the thought leaders and advocates of using Omega-3s in supplementing a healthy diet says that for most people 2 – 3 grams of EPA and DHA is the basis for a healthy life. In a lecture in 2012 after more than two decades of research, Dr Sears said, (I am paraphrasing) “If you were to only make one change in your life and you had no time to commit, then by all means get on an Omega-3 regimen! It only takes 15 seconds a day to make this subtle yet profound change to your body chemistry.”
Heart disease being the No. 1 Killer of American is a big problem but the solution can be amazingly simple.
Let’s Talk About Benefits
At the beginning of this article we listed in bullet point form six of the major benefits of simply take a couple of capsules of Omega-3 a day. Let’s get specific.
Brain Function: “I can think clearly now” -Recently, I sent over a couple of bottles of Omega-3s to a neighbor who is in her late fifties. She is a Montessori teacher, which means she works with young kids and needs a lot of energy. She was feeling depressed and thought she was suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
I asked her to take a couple of capsules a day and let me know if she felt any better within a few days. “Garey, I was laying in bed early this morning and had a math problem rolling around in my head. The answer came easily and was crystal clear. I haven’t been able to think this clearly in years! Could it be the Omega-3s?” You tell me. I get this kind of reaction all the time.
Heart Health Benefits: Possibly, the most significant and well-known benefit of taking an Omega-3 daily is the heart health benefits. If you were to rely on television commercials for your heart health education, you would think cholesterol is the enemy of heart health. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The Cholesterol Theory was enunciated through a heart study called the Framingham Heart Study. It is the longest running study of its kind. The early conclusions drawn more than 50 years ago associated high cholesterol with heart disease. In fact the findings were entirely premature. It would be similar today to saying if you have a television in your house you are likely to have a heart attack, because most Americans who have heart attacks have televisions in their homes.
In fact, since 2002 many more studies are indicating that it’s systemic inflammation that compounds the cardiovascular system which is the answer to the question, “Why do I have high cholesterol?” The evil contusion of pronouncing a risk factor with a test only administered by physicians led to the multi billion-dollar drug genre called statins. To be sure, statins lower cholesterol.
Unfortunately that can be injurious to your health. Whatever cholesterol your liver is producing is the amount that your body needs and when you artificially lower your cholesterol, you also lower your Co-enzyme Q10 levels and increase risk to your heart health manifold. Better to take a remedial course of Omega-3s and enjoy a natural way to modulate the fats in your blood with this naturally occurring super food.
The real truth about statins is that the methodology of statins was known to the Chinese thousands of years ago and if you want a natural statin, just buy red yeast rice and you can lower your cholesterol if you really think that would help. In epidemiological studies only a cholesterol level of 250 mg/dl or higher had any statistical significance of increased risk. This idea of lowering cholesterol through drugs, which caused harm to muscle tissue and liver tissue, is rather lame when the same can be accomplished by modifying the diet. Here’s the secret: Eat a lot more vegetables that contain plant sterols, leafy dark greens. Make sure you get plenty of fiber rich foods and take Omega-3 fish oil. It’s a lot safer too!
Omega-3 capsules are routinely prescribed for the lowering of very high levels of blood fats called triglycerides. Cutting down on starchy carbs and processed sugars also help. There is one Omega-3 product on the market that is physician prescribed. It costs about $150 a bottle. Of course, your insurance company picks up most of that. You only make a small co-pay so you never really know what it truly costs. It is nearly 90% pure EPA/DHA. Our uniquely processed molecularly distilled Omega-3 is 70% EPA/DHA. We purposely keep it that way in order to avoid any accusations that we are copying a pharmaceutical product. We sell our Omega-3 under the label of dietary supplement. You don’t need a prescription. You don’t have to pay $150 a bottle!
Inflammation Reduction: As stated above, systemic inflammation is the critical key to controlling heart disease risk factors. Inflammation is caused by a highly oxidized, processed diet. Let me translate: Junk food, fast food, trans fats, and sugar are the true enemy of human health.
Balancing Omega-3s which are anti-inflammatory with Omega-6s, which are pro-inflammatory, is one of the trade secrets of fitness trainers and nutritionists. In America, the ratio averages 15.7 to 1 in favor of Omega-6 fats to Omega-3s. Of course, changing the diet is important but the way to jump-start the process is to ingest more Omega-3s!
Arthritic conditions are basically a reaction to the same conditions as cause problems in the cardiovascular system; A highly rancid, internal environment that produces stiffness in the joints. If your diet is mainly composed of pro-inflammatory foods, your joints will be stiff after a night’s sleep. To keep the joints supple and able to move properly, the body’s systems are much better off dosing with an anti-inflammatory that is naturally occurring: Omega-3s. Take a capsule or two before bed and see how you feel in the morning after just a few days on the Omega-3 Protocol.
My editor says I am running out of space so let me add just a couple of more salient points. Omega-3s are composed of a variety of long chain fatty acids. Now that is meaningless to the lay person and all it means is that the double carbon bonds are in the 3rd position. Chemically it’s important as the structure of the molecule holds all the cards.
So the two molecules that are the most important in the Omega-3 family are Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The DHA component happens to be the material needed for maintenance of the cells in the retina of the eye and also composes about 40% of brain cells. Now do you see why it’s an important super food that our bodies do not manufacture internally but must be ingested?
Many ophthalmologists routinely recommend highly purified Omega-3s for prevention of macular degeneration. These are not highly guarded trade secrets but where do you see this kind of information in the journalistic press?
Since the Omega-3s enable the circulation of blood to flow smoother, making the blood silky and smooth in texture, there is a noted and clinically accepted premise that Omega-3s give a moderate improvement to blood pressure measurements.
Immunity: The immunity system is part and parcel of the digestive system. 80% of the immune function of the body resides in the gut. Having the healthy, right kinds of fat processing through the gut is as important to immune health as any other aspect. The over abundance of pro-inflammatory omega-6 oils in our cooking and baking, prevent the immune system from being in good working order. The closer you can bring your diet to a 1:1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 the better for immunity.
But wait! There’s more! Omega-3s also improve hair and skin beauty! Yes, it’s true. Some clients have reported psoraisis conditions disappearing with the use of our Omega-3!
Okay, you’ve had a good lesson in Omega-3s. Now I am offering you a program to optimal health. The first step, the first giant step is a simple tiny action of taking a couple of Omega-3 capsules every day.
Try it for 3 months and see if you are feeling better, more alive, thinking more clearly and absolutely able to astound your doctor with an improved blood lipid profile. I hope you take me up on my offer. It’s an easy solution to many health problems. Nip those problems in the bud.
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Best in health,
Garey Simmons, Certified Health Coach.
Is There Overlap in Taking the Three Different Omega-3s?
Yes! The purpose of taking one of each capsule twice a day is to help to overcome the deficiency of Omega-3s in the American diet. In most circumstances, this dose is safe to take with most medication. If you are on a blood thinning pharmaceutical drug, by all means check with your prescribing physician.
Give your doctor this article and your doctor may lower your dose of the pharmaceutical or may ask you to spread the Omega-3 dosage out over a longer period. For example taking 2 capsules before breakfast, 2 capsules in the mid-afternoon and the third dose in the evening. If this were the case, take the two Krill in the morning, two Calamarine in the afternoon and two True Omega-3 in the evening. In total you are getting a little under 3 grams of EPA/DHA per day. In some circumstances, some people may want a higher dose. Please send a note in the space below if that were the case.