Alpine Research & Recipes

Pamela Fergusson R.D., PhD
Nutrient Notes: Omega-3s: DHA & EPA

Nutrient Notes: Omega-3s: DHA & EPA

We've all heard of the importance of "Omega-3’s", but we don't often hear that not all Omegas are created equal. Omega fatty acids from flax or chia seeds— the "ALA" kind — are an amazing addition to your plate, but plant-based people may not adequately intake other forms — namely, DHA and EPA — which are also critical for cardiovascular and brain health. Omega-3’s play a key role in nearly every cell of your body. As such, a daily intake of these essential fatty acids is critical for optimal functioning— from regulating your cholesterol levels to powering your nervous system. Omega 3s may also...

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Pamela Fergusson R.D., PhD
The Truth About Supplements: Do They Actually Work?

The Truth About Supplements: Do They Actually Work?

Do supplements actually work? Or are you just wasting your money? Does it all just (literally) go down the drain? A few years ago, three major studies published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found that multivitamin supplements were not any more effective than placebos in preventing heart disease, memory loss, or in promoting longevity. This prompted physicians from prominent medical schools in the US and UK to write an editorial entitled "Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting your Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements." So can we go ahead and say that, across the board, supplements are a waste of money?...

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Pamela Fergusson R.D., PhD
How Omega-3's Protect Your Heart (And Why You Might Not Be Getting Enough)

How Omega-3's Protect Your Heart (And Why You Might Not Be Getting Enough)

Many people don't realize that Omega-3s affect your heart health—and if you eat a plant-based diet, new research shows it's likely you're not getting enough of them. One of the best things we can do to prevent or reverse heart disease is to eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet. But is there more we can do? New research from the UK tells us that vegans may further protect our hearts by supplementing with omega-3s. How Omega-3s Impact Your Heart Rate The latest research on omega-3s focuses on heart rate variability (HRV) as a gauge of overall cardiovascular health. HRV is the change in the time...

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Pamela Fergusson R.D., PhD
The Biggest Mistake Most Vegans Don't Realize They're Making

The Biggest Mistake Most Vegans Don't Realize They're Making

With veganism making unprecedented strides towards mainstream acceptance, there’s never been a more exciting time to be plant-based. But with so many people going vegan, are there any problems we’re facing? I recently had a chance to speak to Matt Frazier, founder and author of No Meat Athlete, about his vision for the vegan movement. In particular, I asked him what he thought is the biggest mistake new vegans make. Here is Matt’s take: When people ask me about the biggest mistake I’ve made in my plant-based journey, it’s a no-brainer: I went too long without supplementing. It is so easy...

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