The New Celebrity for the Omega Fatty Acids!

October 28, 2008

Word is out about the wonders of Omega Fatty Acids! We know that the chemical structures of Omega Fatty Acids are needed to maintain cellular health and prevent inflammation and diseases in the body. Since the body doesn’t produce these nutrients, we have been supplementing with any of the following:

1. Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Fish (e.g. trout, salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, herring, tuna, and cod).

2. Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Fish oils containing potent omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA)

3. Sources of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (other than fish): avacodos (whole or oil), flaxseed, Brazil nuts, flaxseed oil, hemp seeds, hempseed oil, fortified milk products, Omega-3 Eggs, pumpkin seeds, soybean oil, sesame seed, walnuts, wheat germ oil

4. Cooking oils known for Omega-6 Fatty Acids include safflower, olive oil, sunflower, hemp, soybean, sesame, pumpkin, walnut, and flaxseed oils.

*The American Heart Association cautions against a high dietary intake of Omega-6 Fatty Acids. Experts recommend a ratio of three parts Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids to every one part Omega-6 Fatty Acid.

The above list of omega fatty acids probably looks familiar, but one new omega fatty acid is in a class by itself. This particular omega fatty acid is nothing new to the New Zealand fishermen. The New Zealanders have been eating it for years and know of its anti-inflammatory benefits all too well. The Maori people living along the New Zealand coast would rarely get arthritis and they would eat this particular omega 3 fatty acid regularly. The Green-Lipped Mussel (Perna Canaliculus) is the omega 3 fatty acid the New Zealanders have come to love! In recent years, the green-lipped mussel has been out on a ‘preventative healing entourage’ and making headlines for its healing qualities. By the end of November 2008, this green-lipped mussel will be world-renown as a New Zealand CEO releases a green-lipped mussel product that will enhance health and wellness like never before!

For now, we can just eww, ahh, and applaud this green-lipped mussel for its highly potent and effective omega 3 fatty acids that are up to 480 times more effective than other omega-3 fatty acids! Many research studies have indicated that the green-lipped mussel has 158 times more anti-inflammatory effectiveness than Fish Oil EPA!

The Green Lipped Mussel has been found to have beneficial effects in relieving the pain, inflammation and symptoms associated with:

Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease)

Rheumatoid Arthritis


Ankylosing Spondylitis

Sports Related Injuries

Lyme Disease

Inflammatory Skin Conditions

Connective Tissue Repair

I will conclude with my green-lipped mussel discussion for now, but check back at the end of November to learn about the grand opening green-lipped mussel product! For more info, Contact Alicia a Nutrition Consultant at


Coordination Takes Some Practice

October 12, 2008

A rabbit asked the turtle if it could hurdle. The turtle had to ‘think’ if it must use its shoulder girdle.

Coordination is a thinking process which combines harmonious movements. Coordination is synchronization of muscular movements after the muscles receive signals from the brain.

A decline in coordination can be related to lack of nutrition or not using certain skills, unless one has a disease that affects coordination such as multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, or cerebral palsy.

A giraffe’s movements become awkward as it bends and turns its elongated neck. In people, head turning, reaching, and crawling are innate movements, but other movements, such as balancing on one foot, must be conditioned through reflexes and response.

It takes great effort to bend over!

It takes great effort to bend over!

According to the 1997 edition of Exercise Physiology for Health, Fitness, and Performance, a reflex is a rapid, involuntary response (hitting your knee with a rubber mallet) that results in a specific motor response (getting a leg jerk), with that response being dependent on the type and duration of the stimulus received (the harder you hit, the harder the leg jerks).

Body movement feedback moves in and out of the spinal cord to the brain and then through spinal nerves to your limbs to conduct the necessary movement. If you are no longer able to carry out a certain movement, it is time to work on your neuromuscular function through balance training.

A lungfish is known to have fins and feet, but it is a better swimmer than a walker. It can be seen bumbling to and fro as it wobbles on sand. Some people claim they feel the same way about their walking.

The African Lungfish

The African Lungfish

The good news is that balance exercises improve coordination. Several beneficial balance exercises include side jumps with legs together, side squat lunges, and step-ups on an aerobic box.

If your walking “beats the bands,” but you are like a butter-fingered koala bear trying to catch a ball, it is time to work on hand-eye coordination. Helpful exercises include bouncing a ball against a wall, squatting, then catching the ball on the way up from the squat; or seeing how many many times you can bounce a tennis ball on a racket before it bounces off.

After honing skills, it is appropriate to hone nutrition. When it comes to hand-eye coordination, beta-carotene and lutein can strengthen eyes. Other nutritional elements that have been known to enhance endurance and prevent fatigue and lack of focus are magnesium and calcium.

Olympic biathlon contenders have improved their concentration and precision in the rifle event after taking B-complex vitamins.

When it comes down to total body harmony, joints need to be able to move fully and freely, and this can be accomplished through total body conditioning with an emphasis in neuromuscular training.

*If you need to improve coordination and neuromuscular function, Alicia Weber, the fitness trainer can develop the right ‘balancing act’ for you. She trains people in Central and South Florida and online. Contact her at for help.