to the results of a recently released Austrian study from the February
issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, fish oil, which is
high in omega-3 fatty acids, may actually reduce the risk of full
blown psychotic disorders in those who display signs of mental
The omega-3 fatty acids in the fish oil may help brain cells repair themselves and remain intact – while the actual cause of schizophrenia
is not known, researchers speculate that people with this particular
type of mental illness do not process fatty acids properly,
which may lead to damage of the brain cells.
The research was funded by the Stanley
Medical Research Institute, a nonprofit in Chevy
Chase, Md., that supports research on schizophrenia and bipolar
Omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation in the body while omega-6 fatty
acids tend to promote inflammation. The average American diet contains nearly 14-25 more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. On the other hand, the Mediterranean
diet has a much more healthy balance between the two fatty acids – it does not depend so heavily on meat, but relies on foods higher in omega-3 fatty acids such as fish, olive oil, and garlic
in addition to wines.
However, one can still raise their consumption of omega-3 fatty acids without much change in diet through the use of fish oil supplements.
Not only does omega-3 reduce inflammation in the body, but also may help lower the risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease and arthritis as well as skin conditions such as eczema.
If you do decide to take fish oil supplements, remember to look for high quality fish oils that are screened for mercury contaminants.
And as always, consult a medical professional who can provide you with individualized information.
Oh, yes, about bald men. My husband is a baldie by choice – he shaves his head every week or so. I noticed that even though he used shaving cream and rinsed well after shaving his head and used (gasp!) lotion, sometimes the skin at the back of the neck would dry out during the course of the day. It just wouldn’t do for the husband of “the natural skincare sista” to walk around with dry skin!Now, my husband is a really simple person and, like many men, don’t want to deal with a lot of potions and creams in his morning routine. So I persuaded him to try to use the megamix whip on his head and it worked great! Not only did it absorb quickly and nourish that dry skin, but it left a nice sheen on the skin.Some tips for bald men to keep that dome sexy and sleek:
* Always shave with a sharp razor – a dull razor will not give a close shave and may cause razor bumps
* When using a razor, always use a moisturizing shaving cream or shave oil to avoid nicks and cuts – virgin coconut oil can be used
* Use a soothing scalp conditioner on your head after shaving – you need to replenish your scalp’s natural oils try our Megamix Whip which isavailable here. After you’re all done, head over toBlack Pearl Style Creations for a custom made knit scarf set to keep your head warm during the cold winter months!