Rugby players get fishy 1

Rugby players get fishy

A study of 20 professional Rugby Union players, by Otago University researchers, has found fish oilomega-3 supplements added to protein drinks reduced lower body muscle soreness and fatigue and better maintained a measure of lower-body power in participants who consumed them. But lead researcher Katherine Black still advises getting omega-3 from eating fish. The study

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Not a fishy tale 2

Not a fishy tale

A 16-year study of more than 420,000 people has found eating fish and long-chain omega-3s is ‘robustly associated with lower mortality from major causes’. This includes cancer and cardiovascular, respiratory, chronic liver and Alzheimer’s diseases. Journal of Internal Medicine, July 2018 Author: Healthy Food Guide Healthy Food Guide First published: Sep 2018 2018-08-16 09:30:00

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Smart staple: Flaxseeds 3

Smart staple: Flaxseeds

Used whole, ground or pressed into an oil, these little seeds can really boost your health. What are they? Also known as linseeds, flaxseeds are small, shiny, dark-brown seeds about the size of sesame seeds. Why they’re good for you Like chia seeds, flaxseeds are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fats, specifically alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). They’re

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‘Superfoods’ vs everyday heroes 4

‘Superfoods’ vs everyday heroes

Is it worth shelling out for ‘supercharged’ ingredients? We compare some of the so-called ‘superfood’ trends with everyday foods to see if you’re actually buying better nutrition. Star nutrient: Omega-3 fats Superfood: Chia seeds Per 1 tablespoon (10g) 1.9g omega-3 fats $0.50 Everyday hero: Salmon Per 110g NZ King salmon 2.5g omega-3 fats $3.70 Chia

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Five low-cost healthy foods 5

Five low-cost healthy foods

If you buy lots of ‘superfood’ powders and other pre-packaged foods, healthy eating can be expensive. The truth is, you don’t need these to be healthy. Getting back to basics and choosing wholefood options is the best way to save money while getting the most nutrition for your buck. If you’re on a budget, there

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Will fish oil give us cancer? 6

Will fish oil give us cancer?

People often feel frustrated when advice about what’s healthy changes. Just when you think you’re doing the right thing, eating the right foods, maybe taking beneficial supplements, along comes a news report that makes it look like that was all wrong. The experts have ‘changed their minds’ again, leading us to conclude that we might

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Ask the experts: Flaxseed for omega-3? 7

Ask the experts: Flaxseed for omega-3?

Q: “I have two dessertspoons of ground flaxseed on my cereal each morning. Is that enough daily omega-3 oil? I’m not a fish eater but I wonder if I should be taking salmon oil capsules.” Therese A: HFG nutritionist Claire Turnbull responds: Adding ground flaxseed to your cereal will add a little extra fibre in

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Behind the headlines: Omega-3 and prostate cancer 8

Behind the headlines: Omega-3 and prostate cancer

A recent study suggesting a link between omega-3 intake and the incidence of prostate cancer made headlines worldwide. But just how valid are the findings? HFG senior nutritionist Rose Carr investigates. A study published by the Journal of the National Cancer Research Institute on 11 July created headlines around the world. If you were a

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New Zealand seafood: The source of good health 9

New Zealand seafood: The source of good health

ADVERTORIAL: This article was supplied by the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council. How to get omega-3 Our great-grandmothers were right about cod liver oil.  They were also right that the best source of ‘good oil’ is fish. And because humans can’t produce omega-3 fatty acids ourselves, there’s only one way to get it: by eating

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Get your omega-3 from fish 10

Get your omega-3 from fish

Nutritionist Rose Carr explains why we need to include omega-3 in our diets and how to do it. Traditionally, Eskimos of Greenland consumed an enormous amount of fish in their diet and it's no coincidence that death from cardiovascular disease amongst their population was virtually unheard of. Since this link was discovered over 30 years

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