Meet the Omegas

Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-7 and Omega-9!  They are also called fatty acids, or dietary fats, but they are not a fat you should shy away from. Omegas are needed by the body to function and having a balance of all four is vital for optimal health.

Can you tell your 3s from your 6s?

Omega-3 and omega-6, probably the most familiar of the four, are essential fatty acids which means they are not produced by the body. It’s “essential” that we obtain them from food, predominantly seafood, nuts and vegetable oils. Americans get plenty of omega-6 fats from vegetable oils, but not nearly enough omega-3 fats. Omega-7 and omega-9 are produced by the body so they are not “essential”, but still very important.  Let’s look at each in more detail.

Omega-3 fatty acids

There are three kinds: ALA (a-linolenic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (deocosahexaenoic acid).1  ALA is obtained from plant sources such as walnuts, flaxseed, canola oil, olive oil and soybean oil. EPA and DHA can be found in fish, eggs, squid and algae. The body cannot produce ALA on its own, but it can convert EPA and DHA from ALA.1 DHA is an essential building block of the brain and important for cell communication.2, 3

The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish weekly, especially fatty fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel. 4  Women should consume 1.1 grams of omega-3 daily, while men need 1.6 grams.

Omega-3 fatty acids may help:

  • regulate heart health
  • maintain healthy joint function
  • maintain healthy appearance of skin and hair growth

Omega-6 fatty acids

These are obtained from vegetable oils, nuts and grain-fed meats. They are also found in crackers and cookies, so Americans rarely are deficient in omega-6. In fact, can help minimize inflammation in the body. The ideal ratio is 1:1 (omega-3 to moega-6).5 Omega-6 or linoleic acid (LA) can be made into gamma linoleic acid (GLA). Certain foods are rich in GLA such as evening primrose, black currant and flax seed. Other sources include egg yolks, pecans, walnuts and animal fats.

Omega-6 fatty acids (in the form of GLA) may help:

  • regulate normal brain functioning
  • regulate growth, development and metabolism
  • maintain healthy bones
  • maintain blood cholesterol levels already within normal range
  • maintain healthy appearance of skin and hair growth

Men between 19 and 50 require 17 grams of omega-6 fats every day. Females between 19 and 50 need 12 grams of omega-6 fats daily. Males older than 51 need a daily dose of 14 grams and females over 51 require 11 g daily. Pregnant and lactating women of all ages should get 13 grams of omega-6 fats every day.6

Omega-7 fatty acids

These are the lesser known of the four fatty acids. They can be found in macadamia nuts and a fruit called sea buckthorn but are also produced naturally in the body. Omega-7 fatty acids may help reduce inflammation and insulin resistance.

Omega-9 fatty acids

These are produced by the body but can be obtained from vegetables oils. They may help improve joint health and maintain blood cholesterol levels already within normal range.

To obtain omega fatty acids from products by PURE, add Acai superfruit (15mg per serving) and Mila (3g per serving) to your diet. More importantly, eat a balanced diet with includes fish, olive oil and leafy greens to ensure you are getting your omegas.

1https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-Consumer/

2https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/dha-and-your-brain/

3 https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcidsandHealth-HealthProfessional/

4 https://www.nutri-facts.org/en_US/nutrients/essential-fatty-acids/essential-fatty-acids/intake-recommendations.html

5 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12442909

6https://www.nutri-facts.org/en_US/nutrients/essential-fatty-acids/essential-fatty-acids/intake-recommendations.html

Packing a healthy school lunch

Packing a healthy school lunch is easy. Getting your kids to eat it is another issue entirely.  Since the advent of the doughnut, parents have struggled to convince their kids to eat the nutritious foods they prepare for them.

The following are a few tips along with sample cold lunches that may help get your kids to finally eat those veggie sticks while they’re at school.

Make lunches fun!

At first glance, the look and taste of Lunchables® isn’t anything special. Contrary to appearances, however, Lunchables quickly became one of Oscar Meyer’s most successful products, partly due to the fun kids have eating them. Consider making your own healthy alternative. Pack some whole grain crackers, lean meat, cubed or sliced cheese, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, etc. and allow kids to build their own sandwiches. Consider using cookie cutters to cut the meat into fun shapes. Use the leftover scraps of meat on a chef salad you can take for your own lunch.

Add in tasty dips.

With a tasty dip, veggies can appear a bit more appealing to kids. Various dip options can be just as healthy as the veggies; but your kids will never know. Cheeses or creams are often the base of dips. Avocados contain healthy fats, which still provide a lot of flavor. As an added bonus, the fat in the dip will actually help enhance the absorption of carotenoids and fat soluble vitamins, as well.  Fat doesn’t need to be the principle ingredient in dips. Recipes using yogurt can be full of flavor, and hummus is mostly made of beans, which pack a fiber- and protein-laden nutritional punch.

Involve kids in the purchasing and preparation process.

Letting your kids help choose foods for their lunch at the grocery store makes them feel like they have some control, which may increase their willingness to eat them. Make sure you’re comfortable with all the options presented. Kids may enjoy preparing their own foods, with help from you, depending on their age. As kids prepare the food, they become more comfortable with the ingredients and the dish as a whole, and may be more likely to eat it.

Make it sweet.

Kids love sweet foods. While it is still advisable to limit the amount of sweetener used in the preparation of their foods, consider adding a little fruit puree, agave, dark chocolate chips, honey or maple syrup to enhance their appeal. Purchase meats and nuts with a honey glaze. Add fresh fruit to a vegetable smoothie. Incorporate fruits into whole-grain baked goods like breads, muffins or cookies.

Mila by PURE is a whole food that is great for children and adults alike. Each serving contains 3g of ALA omega-3 fatty acid which play a crucial role in normal growth and development and brain function.* Mila can be consumed on its own or incorporated into your favorite dishes, yogurt and smoothies. Learn more.

Share with us your tips and tricks on making healthier school lunches for your children.

This article is for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any health or nutrition concerns you may have. The information in this article is not intended to promote any specific product, or for the prevention or treatment of any disease.

 

Target joint health with PURE

Imagine for a second that we don’t have cartilage between our bones. Painful, right? Your bones sure wouldn’t last long from rubbing together every time you walked, bent, reached, sat, stretched, jumped, etc. The joints do a lot for our body, but it’s easy to take them for granted. We move about every day without giving them a second thought. Are you doing all you can to care for them?

Our every move is possible because of our joints; both movable and rigid. Movable joints, called synovial joints, are found in our knees, hips and shoulders. Slightly movable joints, called cartilaginous joints, are found in our spine and ribs. Rigid or immovable joints, called fibrous joints, are found in our skull. Joints lie between bones with cartilage where the bones come together, facilitating smooth movement. 1

Exercise and a healthy diet are two of the most important things you can do to keep your joints healthy. Exercising regularly helps keep the muscles around your joints strong. Children and teenagers should get 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day.2 When exercising or playing sports, wear protection to avoid joint injury. Watch what you eat. Excess weight on the body can put pressure on joints. Eating a balanced diet is key.

Joint facts:

  • Do you ever feel joint pain before a thunderstorm? Joints contain sensory nerves called “baro-receptors” that react to atmospheric changes in the barometric pressure. 3 Didn’t know you were a weatherman, did you?
  • Babies are born with a cartilage plate that turns to bone and then into a kneecap somewhere between the ages of 3 and 5. 3
  • Cartilage is up to 80 percent water by weight. 4
  • Because cartilage is filled with negatively charged chondroitin molecules, it resists being pushed together. This gives it its incredible cushioning power!4

Stay loose and limber with products by PURE

Mila, Organic Sulfur, Daily Build and Mangosteen all help support joint health and, therefore, are an important part of your daily regimen.

  • Mila contains calcium and is a good source of magnesium and phosphorous, both important nutrients for bone health. It also contains 3 grams of ALA omega-3 fatty acid which plays a crucial role in normal growth and development.* Enjoy Mila sprinkled on cereal, smoothies and ice cream. Bake and cook with this versatile ingredient!
  • Organic Sulfur contains MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), a dietary form of sulfur, that helps make collagen, the supportive protein of tendons, cartilage, connective tissue and bone. So, it may help improve flexibility and mobility by promoting joint function and health.* It’s important to note that the body cannot make sulfur on its own; it must be obtained from a variety of foods or through supplementation.
  • Daily Build is a comprehensive multivitamin that benefits the whole body with 23 essential vitamins and minerals, vegetable extracts, antioxidants, phytonutrients, amino acids, trace minerals, neuro-protectors, cell defenders, and a host of other body-beneficial ingredients to support immune, nervous system, cardiovascular health and more.*
  • Mangosteen contains xanthones, powerful phytonutrients, that may support healthy joint function, among other things.*

Add these four products by PURE to your daily regimen today and feel the difference.

What other health goals are you targeting? Read our other blog posts on Targeted Needs.

1 https://www.thoughtco.com/types-of-joints-in-the-body-4173736

2 https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/physicalactivity/guidelines.htm

3 https://www.thejoint.com/texas/mckinney/mckinney-marketplace-28072/fun-facts-about-your-joints

4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5585083/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5585083/

Back to school with Mila

With summer almost over, you’ve likely started to shop for back-to-school items, including supplies, clothes, and backpacks. Healthy snacks should be part of those items. Although you and your kids may celebrate (or groan) the thought of returning to school, there are many ways to get your kids into a healthy routine before that bus comes around the corner.

In my opinion, there’s one place where you can alleviate the back-to-school blues and that’s in the kitchen. While your kids may balk at the idea of eating something new or different, getting their input on food choices, and allowing them to get their hands a bit messy, gives them power over their choices. So, get them involved in the meal planning.

Mila plays well with others

As a prized superfood, Mila® micro-sliced chia seeds can be easily added into their favorite foods or recipes.  As a staple in the Mayan and Aztec cultures, this gluten-free, trans fat-free, sugar-free, and plant-based source of protein and fiber can be a staple in your kitchen.

  • What could be more fun and kid friendly than chicken strips? Skip the fried chicken and make chicken tenders with a twist. Have your kids mix about a quarter cup of Mila to the breading mixture and you’ll have a crunchy alternative to the popular fried chicken.
  • Add chia seeds to your whole wheat muffin batter for a quick, last minute breakfast or afternoon snack. Using fresh or frozen berries, you can freeze these muffins and then put them into your kid’s lunch bags to thaw. They are a great alternative to a traditional high-fat muffin.
  • Create a more fiber- and protein-rich breakfast by adding a scoop of Mila to homemade granola. Most pre-made granolas are high in sugar and calories and low in fiber. Create your own with dried fruit, nuts, oats, a dash of sweetener, like honey, and Mila!
  • Spaghetti and meatballs were a weekly staple in my youth. Mila gels and expands when added to liquid, so it’s a great binder in place of eggs in your homemade meatball recipes.
  • Frozen fruit and spinach are great to have on hand for morning smoothies. Combine your favorite fruits, such as strawberries, bananas, and peaches for a taste of summer! Add in a tablespoon of Mila to boost the nutrient content.
  • For dessert, make some healthy ice pops with Mila to beat the summer heat! Your child will never know they’re healthy! Try using fresh mango, soaked Mila and coconut milk. Let two tablespoons of Mila soak in ¼ cup of water overnight so they are ready to go! The next day, blend the mixture with one can of coconut milk and fresh mango (frozen works fine too).  Pour into your ice pop mold or ice cube tray and freeze!
  • Create a healthy, high fiber dessert! Combine five tablespoons of Mila with two cups almond, soy, or other milk, and ½ tsp. vanilla extract in a sealed container and let the Mila go to work! Let it sit in the fridge for at least two hours. Once it gels, top with your favorite nuts and fruit! Again, let your kids create their own healthy masterpiece!

You can top just about anything with Mila — yogurt, oatmeal, eggs, salad, pasta, cereal — the options are endless! Just remember to start your child with a ½ tablespoon.

With three grams of protein, five grams of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium, Mila is definitely a super food for super kids!

Read more about Mila here: https://shop.livepure.com/mila/dt/GP00231. Order yours today by visiting livepure.com.

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Six products enter the PUREGen Africa market in Nigeria

PUREGen Africa, PURE’s entity in Africa, announced the approval and licensure of six products by PURE to the Nigeria market — Daily Build Capsules, Daily Build Liquid, Cleanse, Organic Sulfur, SleepTrim and Mila — by the National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

These six products, some of PURE’s best sellers, will help serve an area with an estimated population of 200 million and a health-conscious, growing middle class. A recent University of Lagos study showed that eighty-six percent of Nigerian students use dietary supplements, a booming market and dynamic opportunity for PURE.

“We are truly excited that PURE is leading the way in Africa by providing world-class products and economic prosperity to individuals and families across the land. PURE is committed to Nigeria and we are very confident that we will continue to partner with our distributors, the community and government agencies in the country to build a prosperous economy for all stakeholders.” – Ben Peter, PURE’s Vice President of Business Development of EMEA

The official launch of products by PURE in the Nigerian market is slated for September 2019; however, PURE Independent Business Owners and Preferred Customers can purchase and pickup products immediately at the Nigeria office. The Nigeria office also offers free shipping of products throughout the country.

People interested in learning more about the products and opportunity in Nigeria can participate in seminars at Nigeria’s main office on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Nigeria office regularly hosts Super Saturday meetings as well as meetings every Monday in Lagos , Abuja, Onitcha, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Calabar.

PUREGen Africa, Nigeria is located at 104 Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. Their email is nigeria@livepure.com and their phone is 08054462009 or 01800048114.

Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels

Sugar! Who doesn’t love the taste of sugar? Outside of the obvious reasons to avoid large amounts of it, sugar is difficult not to like. Think of some foods you love, such as ice cream (one of my personal favorites; chocolate flavor with melted peanut butter on top), chocolate in all its forms, cheesecake, cupcakes, apple pie, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, etc. I am sure you can add some of your own favorites to this list. Interestingly, a great amount of sugar is consumed in the form of soft drinks, juice drinks and simply juice. Access to these good tasting indulgences are easy and very inexpensive.

Sugar is also tough to evade as it is added to most packaged foods to make them taste better, which makes them more appealing. The addition of sugar to foods is a consequence of those who demonized fat back in the late 70s and throughout the 80s. You can find it in ketchup, crackers, bread, soups, cereals, peanut butter, cured meats and salad dressings. Faced with the government’s direction to reduce fat intake, food companies replaced fat in their foods with sugar. Afterall, a fat-free food was believed to be healthy, despite the fact it may be loaded with sugar and high in calories. Foods without the added fat simply did not taste very good, so more sugar was included in their recipes. Fat and sugar make otherwise non-tasty foods more palatable and food companies need to make money by selling more product. If it does not taste good, most people will not buy it.

Other than the obvious reason to make them taste better, why would sugar be added to so many foods? Some research suggests sugar may be addicting for many people. There is some evidence showing that eating sugar may elicit a dopamine response in the brain. Dopamine is a brain neurochemical and is often called the feel-good hormone. It is associated with motivation and reward. When the brain releases dopamine, it promotes feelings of pleasure and satisfaction. Research done at the National Institutes for Drug Abuse found similarities in brain scans of obese persons and those with drug and alcohol addictions. This is not direct cause-and-effect evidence, but it does suggest a possible association of sugar-addicting effects. Moreover, in time, the body can build resistance to this reward effect thereby requiring the consumption of more sugar to feel the same positive emotions.

The premise of fat needing to be avoided was based on faulty science. Unfortunately, while well-intended, this thought persists among some nutrition health professionals today. They may say, “fat is okay just not too much of it.” They then give suggestions of foods to eat that are low in fat like skim milk, reduced fat or light cheese, etc. Huh!?  Talk about confused messaging on which foods to eat for good health. I have spoken to many individuals, who know fat is okay and that it is not as bad as we used to believe it was; however, they still adhere to the belief that eating low-fat foods can help you lose weight. Again, you cannot have it both ways. The missing key is to consume fat outside of the presence of sugar-laden foods.

You should be able to enjoy a guilt-free, sweet treat every now and again, especially for special occasions such as birthdays, holidays, weddings, etc. Consider your personal sugar intake, how much is too much? I recently had a conversation with a family member about the frequency of eating sugary desserts. When I suggested the need to avoid them often, they retorted back “Yes, but in moderation, it is okay.” This is correct; however, what is considered “in moderation” today would be considered in extreme excess many years ago. It is all in our perspective.

By the middle of the 18th century, a pair of German chemists figured out how to make sugar from sugar beets. This dramatically increased the production and consumption of sugar. Germany soon became a large sugar exporter for many countries around the world. Given another 50-plus years (early to mid-1800s), persons residing in Germany and the United States consumed on average about 2.1 pounds of sugar every year. Compare this amount to what is consumed today, and the increase is astounding. In the U.S. it has been estimated the typical person consumes about 150 lbs. annually. This is about 7100% more sugar than our ancestors did in the 19th century. A little more than two pounds consumed annually back in the 1800s is now what most consume in five days. Wow! So much for moderation!

What are the effects of too much sugar? Research scientists may disagree on the true impact of too much sugar on an individual’s health. However, many reputable clinicians (medical doctors, licensed dietitians, nutritionists, etc.) have seen dramatic improvements in health by helping their clients simply remove sugar in all its forms from the diet. The body requires balance to stay healthy. In the case of sugar, blood sugar levels must be maintained within a normal range.

The consequences of being on the low end of normal can cause impairment in thinking, irritability, hunger, nervousness or anxiety. This is often described as being hangry. If you have gone without eating food for an extended period or have participated in significant physical activity and did not replenish the body with some nourishment, you may experience these effects. For our purposes here, we are talking non-diabetic, non-hypoglycemic, healthy individuals.

Insulin is a hormone made in the body that helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Foods consumed with sugar and highly refined flours (carbohydrates) will cause the release of insulin necessary to maintain a healthy range of blood sugar in the body. In addition to blood sugar maintenance, insulin also functions to help facilitate the use of glucose as a source of energy. This is a necessary and important function. However, as more refined sugar-laden foods are eaten, more insulin is made. When energy levels from glucose have met capacity, insulin will also facilitate the storage of fat. This will likely occur when too many calories are consumed from sugar and refined carbohydrates. The body can convert excess carbohydrate and amino acids (from too much protein) into fat, which is then stored in the bodies adipose (fatty) tissues.

After consuming a large meal or a snack of mostly refined carbohydrates and without enough protein and fat, some individuals may experience an increase in hunger. This can occur from an increase in the secretion of insulin necessary to keep blood sugars in the normal range. Despite having eaten enough calories, more insulin can bring blood sugar levels back to a pre-meal level. This effect in turn increases the appetite even though caloric needs have been met. This can also happen when eating large amounts of sugary treats.

The best way to maintain healthy blood sugar levels is to avoid simple sugars and refined carbohydrates as much as possible. Focus on eating non-starchy fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, bell peppers, asparagus, cucumbers, zucchini, avocadoes, etc. These healthier foods will have a minimal effect on the secretion of insulin and minimize the effects of higher amounts of insulin.

PURE also has supplements that can help maintain healthy blood sugars levels already in the normal range. These include Green Coffee Bean, Noni, PURE Café and Mila.* 

Ask the Expert answers your questions

At PURE: People United Reaching Everyone, we have an expert team that is dedicated to answering your product and nutrition questions.

Here are the most popular questions from the previous few weeks. You might find a topic related to a question you have.

Q: How long will a PURE Enrollment Pack last?
A: Enrollment packs come in two sizes. The bigger packs contain almost all the products and the small packs also have a large variety. The enrollment packs are designed for people to who want to build their business and to help people become familiar with the products.  It is hard to tell how long the products in a pack will last.  Most of the products are a monthly supply and some of the products are about half of a month’s supply.  Some people choose to not take all of the products together.  Others may choose to share the products. Generally, we expect people will finish most of the products within 6 months.

Q: Are any of your products recommended for someone who wants to gain weight?
A: To increase weight, one should take a good nutritional supplement that has essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. A high-quality protein supplement, antioxidants and bioactive compounds should all be a part of the diet. We suggest taking 360 Complete Shake, GPS Energize, Daily Build, GoYin and Acai superfruit.

Q: What products should I take while I’m on a ketogenic diet?
A: We suggest taking 360 Complete Shake as a source of high protein, vitamins and minerals. It contains 21g protein, 11g fiber and low (50g) carbohydrates per serving.

Q: Do any of the products contain strawberry?
A: ENERGY – Watermelon contains strawberry.

Q: Can SleepTrim and CalciuMK+ be taken at the same time since they both benefit sleep?
A: Yes, these products can be taken together. However, they have different mechanisms of working in the body. For best results, we suggest taking SleepTrim with dinner and CalciuMK+ after dinner.

Q: What products should be taken after the 28-Day Detox?
A: We suggest taking Daily Build, GoYin, CalciuMK+, Probiotic and Immune6. These products are basic supplements for daily use. You may take the superfruits, Organic Sulfur, Mila and the GPS line for your more targeted health needs.