Fish oil is critical to brain health. Our brains consist of over fifty percent fat and they require healthy fat to be healthy. Unfortunately, the western diet has included far too little of the fat in fish oil. If we do not eat enough of the healthy fat in fish oil, we may battle depression. With research released each week on the use of fish for and depression, consumers need to know: How much fish oil should I take for depression?

In a 2006 article “Healthy Intakes of N-3 and N-6 Fatty Acids,” researchers found that Americans should take 3 1/2 grams of EPA and DHA every day to reduce the probability of heart disease, stroke, and depression. EPA and DHA are long-chain Omega 3 fats found in fish oil. Andrew Stoll, Ph.D., Harvard researcher on Omega 3 and depression recommends 4 grams of EPA every day for those suffering from depression. The recommendation of 4 grams of EPA every day is quite a bit but essential to refill what has been missing in our diet.

EPA and DHA are specific long chain fatty acids found most commonly in fatty fish. That is why fish oil is the preferred source of these fats. To a lesser degree, these fatty acids are found in eggs enriched with Omega 3 and grass fed beef and lamb. There is no EPA in plant-based sources of Omega 3 fats such as flax seed or hemp seed. However these vegetarian forms of fat may be converted by our own bodies into the longer chain EPA. Each of us does not make this conversion efficiently which makes the fat in fish the preferred form.

One possibility for reaching the required amount of 3-4 grams of EPA and DHA every day is to eat more fatty fish. One 3-ounce serving of a seafood such as tuna may have 1-3 grams of EPA and could meet your fish oil daily requirement.

Most people will meet their requirement with a fish oil supplement. While you shop for a supplement, be sure that you read the label carefully. The front of the bottle may list “1000 mg of fish oil.” 1000 mg is one gram of fish oil or Omega 3. Looking more carefully, you may notice that the supplement has only 120 milligrams of EPA. You would need about thirty doses to meet the recommended dose of fish oil for depression. Not only is that product not cost-effective, but it is hard to imagine swallowing that much fish oil. Look at the label in detail and shoot for 4 grams of EPA and DHA from fish oil each day. If it is not clear from looking at the label, do ask for help in a local store. It is important that you take enough of this oil is you are going to see an impact.

Anyone, male or female, young or old, that loves to fish would appreciate a gift idea that honors their passion. Gifts that are useful during a fishing trip are always welcome, but there are also many other selection for those who love to fish.

Rods and reels are ever popular gifts for the hobby fisher. These can be inexpensive, light-weight or heavy-duty, even deep sea, more expensive gifts. Lake fishing requires a lighter weight rod and reel and is therefore a less expensive selection. However, top quality rods and reels, even light weight, can cost as much as you want to spend.

Every fisherman, whether they love to fish in the pond down the road or far out in the ocean, needs a cooler for cold drinks. These can be found in sizes from ones that hold only two or three drinks to huge ones that have wheels and a pull-out extended handle for easy transport to the right spot.

A good filet knife in a leather scabbard makes a wonderful gift idea for the fishing enthusiasts who eats their catch. Filet knives have long, thin blades that are perfect for cutting bone-free filets. The leather scabbard makes carrying the knife easy because it slips over the belt, making the knife at hand’s reach at all time. This knife can also be used to cut tangled line and when rigging tackle.

Fly fishing is one hobby where the equipment can be as much fun as the sport itself. If you need to give a gift to someone that fly fishes, you might consider a nice selection of fancy flies. A good book about fly fishing or how to tie flies would also be welcomed. T-shirts featuring images of colorful flies can be another great selection. A fishing hat to stick a few flies into will thrill most fly fishing enthusiasts.

If deep-sea fishing in your friend or loved one’s passion, a gift idea is a certificate for a trip on a charter boat that will thrill them. Some charters provide food, drink, bait, tackle, rods and reels in an all-inclusive package price; others provide fishing gear only. Be sure to include a brochure from the charter boat in the gift so they know the details on what to bring. This gift allows the recipient to select the time and date of their fishing trip. This is one gift where the anticipation of the trip can be just as much fun as the charter fishing trip itself.

Fish buckets, especially the aerated buckets, make gifts that any fishing fan will love. Tackle boxes are also wonderful If you have the gift idea of tackle or other fishing gear, a gift certificate for an online fishing shop can be perfect for someone to select exactly what they need in fishing gear.

A pet bird is a companion for you and because of this reason; you must choose a bird that can enhance your personality. The bird that you should raise as a pet must be easy to train and relate to. It is good to choose a bird that is very intelligent like a parrot. Aside from being easy to train and teach tricks, it is not very big which makes it easy to care for. A regular cage will do to house it, with enough space to move around and fly in. Other necessary things to do when looking for a pet bird are as follows:

a) Remember that birds have wings because they are meant to fly. Even if they are kept in a cage, they need to able to feel the freedom of flying in a large area. It will be better if their cage is spacious and have room enough for them to fly around.

You have to train him how to do this inside the house though because you cannot let him fly outside.

b) Provide your bird with a large cage. Birds need space so that they can move around and spread their wings even if they are confined in a cage. It should have room where their food and water containers could be placed. It is also good if you can provide your bird with perches; this will allow them to play.

c) To avoid having your bird become lonely especially during the times when you have to leave him alone, provide him with a companion. It is always better to buy a pair of birds instead of buying only one.

d) Screen off your windows so that the birds cannot fly out of the room during the time that you let them fly around.

e) You also have to get yourself prepared for the responsibility that comes with having a pet. Remember that you have to give them nutritious food, fresh clean water, groom them and at the same time keep their cage clean. Cleanliness is important to keep your pet from getting sick.

f) Try to adopt a bird from your veterinarian. This is convenient since the vet must already be familiar with the bird and have its history. He can tell you about the bird’s qualities and you can see if they match your personality and needs. This would make it easier for both the bird and you to adjust to each other.

Having a pet can really consume time and effort but it beats having to return to an empty house. If you train your bird well, you can be sure of a happy and fulfilling life with him. Own your pet now and choose the best!

If you have never heard of a peacock bass fish, you are in for a treat. You can have three of the best points of fishing — great taste, variety, and an enjoyable fishing experience — all in one.

The peacock bass comes in six different varieties. What they have in common is that the peacock bass is plentiful, and makes for delicious eating. Bass is one of the best-tasting types of fish in general. In addition to its mild flavor, it is also the fish of choice for many people because it does not contain much oil or bones.

Peacock bass is often used as a sport fish. Although they are plentiful enough for fishermen who wish to catch them for food, their quantities in the United States are not nearly as high as in South America. This is why even though the largest of the peacock bass can range up to nearly three and a half feet in length, unless they are specifically used for food many fishermen employ the sport of “catch them and then throw them back.” This is a good method for sports fishing, as it will give the fishermen the opportunity to reel in these impressive, strong fish, yet not deplete their resources when it is not necessary to do so.

Peacock bass are quite tough to catch. As they resist some of the most commonly-used kinds of lures, and often put up a fight when being reeled in, they are well known for being quite a catch. It is for this reason that fishing expeditions are a preferred type of vacation for fishing enthusiasts. If you are interested in such an expedition, there are various parts of South America which are all ideal for this kind of trip.

In the United States, the counties of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade in Florida offer the most opportunities for peacock bass fishing. Unlike in South America, the peacock bass is not native to this area. The bass which was stocked in these areas more than two decades ago are outside of their own native climate, which makes them far less abundant than in South America.

Peacock bass fishing is fly fishing at its finest. If you are looking for one of the tastiest kinds of fish available, or whether you simply want to try your hand at catching one of these impressive creatures, both are experiences that you will never forget.

The peacock is well-known for its brightly colored feathers, but did you know that the peacock is actually a male peafowl? The Female peafowl does not have the extravagant large feathers that the male peafowl (peacock) has. Females measure around 34 inches long and weigh around 7.4 lbs. The male, with the feathers being high in the air, measure 7.4 feet and weigh around 11 lbs. Peacocks are considered to be loyal and faithful to their partners. In Mythology, the peacock has been said to die of grief if it loses its mate. During Mating Season, the peacock will grab the females attention by raising his long beautiful tail feathers into the air and shaking them. They both have an average life span of twenty years in the wild. They are peaceful animals that prefer to live in large, open spaces but without any kind of commotion.

The peacock is a symbol of beauty, royalty, immortality, pride and peace. According to Muslim Legend, this magnificent bird has gain its symbolic presence in the Gates of Paradise. Peacocks have also been associated with the “All Seeing Eye” because its feathers look as though they display 100 eyes. In Greek-Mythology, the peacock was the patron bird of the goddess Hera. According to myth, Hera placed 100 eyes on the peacocks feathers, symbolizing the eyes of the stars. In Buddhism, this beautiful bird symbolises wisdom and purity. It’s feathers are used for Buddhists purification ceremonies. The peacock is sacred in India and is also considered to be a symbol of good-luck. In Feng Shui, peacocks are a symbol of beauty and fidelity. Displaying the image of a peacock in the southern region of the bedroom can encourage a lasting and loving partnership. Also, in Feng Shui, the peacocks feathers can protect you from disasters and dangers because of the “eyes” of the feathers.

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Forty-three of our States and the District of Columbia have selected a bird to represent them as an emblem. In the majority of the States this popularly-chosen avian representative has been officially recognized and in the other states it is planned to have this done at early legislative sessions. The mere fact that these bird emblems have been chosen is not important so far as the emblem itself is concerned. What is significant is that which led up to the selection; the discussion, study, and thought that it required: the very real educational service that it performed. And the result is that affectionate interest has been thus aroused in all birds and their protection.
When the first query went out, “Have you a State Bird?” it was virtually a new thought. Aside from Louisiana, Maryland and Utah, where custom had already established official birds, and Kansas, where a successful early campaign was held, inquiry revealed that there were no state birds. So campaigns were started, taking most effective form in drives by women’s clubs, Audubon societies and Nature groups in cooperation with the schools to “get out the vote.” Quickly these campaigns grew into crusades. Many candidates were entered. Their qualifications were discussed from all angles. Inquiry brought out whether the birds nominated were valuable economically; whether they were truly representative of the region; what their distinctive characteristics were; whether they were attractive songsters, and many other details. An awakened interest in birds and their study and a greater interest in Nature Study were quickly noted. Balloting was active and the votes cast were well-considered decisions. Beyond all question the value of selecting an official State bird was established. Naturally in the various campaigns many interesting things developed. It is, therefore, of both value and interest now to review these various campaigns in connection with the reproduction here of these official birds in all their color and beauty.
For instance, in 1927, at the request of the Ladies’ Memorial Association, the Legislature of Alabama adopted the Flicker, or “yellow hammer”, as the official State bird. The members of this organization urged the choice because the Alabama soldiers in the Confederate Army were known as “Yellow Hammers”, and the yellow lining of the bird’s wings and tail recall the uniform colors of the Alabama cavalry. Or, when the General Federation of Women’s Clubs accepted the invitation to hold its 1931 Biennial Council in Phoenix, Arizona, Mrs. D. I. Craig, Chairman of Conservation for the State was urged to have a State bird selected before the meeting was held. She wasted no time and a campaign was launched throughout the State. Ballots were cast for various candidates but when these were counted the Cactus Wren was out in front in a run-away contest. A bill making the selection official was immediately presented to the Legislature and passed and signed by the Governor in March, 1931.

All yards can, potentially, be natural habitats for birds.

Even though our neighborhoods occupy what was once their natural habitat, it needn’t be a catastrophe. The right selection and location of plants will offer a nearly natural habitat for song birds.

Surprisingly, wild birds readily accept this substitution, and our backyard bird gardens become an extension of the surrounding natural habitat.

Converting your backyard into a bird garden can be a great family activity. In fact, just watching and feeding wild birds is a great way for the entire family to become aware of bird conservation.

Those members of the family with limited mobility can still enjoy nature from a window, patio, or deck. Imagine the impact of a bird garden for seniors and shut-ins, and for the ill or disabled.

Bird gardens are perfect conservation classrooms. One of the most exciting lessons is learning the various species of birds in your area.

You will need a good, easy-to-use field guide, such as Birds of North America, or Peterson’s East and West. An online search for “bird field guides” will provide you with many more.

You will learn that birds are identified according to their physical characteristics. For example, distinguishing a crow from a turkey is obvious just by looking at them.

These characteristics are helpful in recognizing the birds that visit your backyard bird garden: Size – overall ; Shape of their bodies; Coloring; Special markings; Shapes of their beaks; In-flight shape of wings and feet.

Your family, especially the kids, will become experts at distinguishing bird calls. Each species is unique, and most are obvious. A Sparrow’s “chipping” is quite plain in comparison to a Cardinal’s lovely “trilling” song.

A natural bird habitat can actually be a neighborhood of backyards (from a bird’s point of view)… with each backyard gardener contributing to the success of this unique bird habitat.

So, the question remains… just how vital is your individual backyard garden to wild birds?

Assuming you have selected and located your plantings correctly, wild birds will treat your backyard garden as a natural continuation of their normal habitat.

And the answer is… you and your bird garden are enormously vital to their survival!

Throughout history, certain species of birds have formed strategic partnerships with other animals. And these partnerships have seeming served both of them well. Here are just a few of those pairings.

One of these strange relationships is the one that wild pigs have with robins in Europe. Wild pigs are known for their digging ability. So much so, that many people refer to them as digging machines. And what they are digging for is root foods which they live on. They also feed on grubs and small worms that they find in the soil.

Over the years, the robin has noticed that whenever these wild pigs appear and start to dig up the ground, they are also digging up and exposing worms. As a result, robins have learned to stay close to these pigs as they begin to dig so they can scoop up the worms that appear on the surface.

In a like manner, the Nightjar has an interesting symbiotic relationship with wild cattle and goats in areas where the both live. For the most part, nightjars are birds of the night. Their primary diet consists of moths and beetles. The bird is a great aerial hunter and, even in mid flight, is capable of deftly snatching moths from the air. However, when it is on the ground, it is typically hunting ants and beetles.

During the passing of many hundreds of years, the nightjar has come to notice that when wild cattle and goats are grazing nearby, that their continuous moving around agitates the ground on which they are grazing. And as they do this, all of the activity causes insects to come above ground. So insects such as beetles and moths, are all of a sudden on the surface making them easy pickings for predators. As a result, the nightjar has learned that its often easier to follow the herds and feed off of the insects that they dig up than it is to hunt and scrounge for their own meals.

The oxpecker bird is yet another illustration of birds forming symbiotic relationships. The oxpecker is a close relation to the starling. And within Africa, this bird has a real working partnership with many animals – antelope, buffalo, rhinoceros, and even the giraffe. The relationship has to do with the fact that ticks and lice are very common in this environment.

They are a nuisance to these large animals because their eggs hatch on the animal’s surface and immediately becomes a parasite by gorging on their blood. If an animal gets enough of these on its skin, it can find its strength and staminal slowly being drained away.

Oxpeckers love these parasites because they contain lots of blood which has a ton of nourishments. They comb through the skin and hairs of these large animals and consume all of the ticks and lice that they find. A win/win for everyone.

The world is brimming with thousands of species of birds. With numerous breeds out there, you will definitely have a lot of choices when it comes to bird tattoos.

There are some common designs, such as that of doves, sparrows or bluebirds. Although they might be familiar to you, they can be done in such ways that they look exceptional and rare. Here are some examples of unique bird tattoos so you can break away from traditional and boring styles.

Swallow

The swallow is a bird that can be found in most continents, except Antarctica. With its long pointy wings and streamlined body, the swallow is one of the best designs available for those who wish to have bird tattoos.

Swallows signify a lot of thing, and you can pick one to show what you want them to mean. For example, it can denote a positive thing that can take place in the future. After all, when sailors were at sea, seeing a swallow means they are near land.

Another representation of the swallow is loyalty, as it is known to have one single mate for the rest of its lifetime. Lastly, it can show a person’s new love, as swallows were usually used in Egyptian poems talking about novel adoration.

Dove

Long considered a spiritual symbol, a dove tattoo can denote numerous meanings. For one, a dove, which holds an olive branch, is said to represent victory, as well as a successful life or relationship.

A flock of doves, on the other hand, denote family and strong ties. A time of new beginning is also associated with a dove tattoo, as it was used by Noah to determine if there is any land where he and his can family can start anew.

As the messenger of Aphrodite, dove tattoos can also signify love. Having a dove with a drawing of the heart can symbolize the beautiful notion of unending love.

Bluebird

Usually donned by sailors who have traveled 10,000 nautical miles, a bluebird tattoo can also be obtained by any person who wants to have a beautiful bird tattoo. As the symbol of the eternal sky, a bluebird tat can show a person’s happiness.

It can also demonstrate prosperity, as Native Americans view the bluebird as the firstborn of the sun. In this light, a bluebird can represent good health and abundance.

If you want a style that denotes nature’s balance, then a design you should have is that of two bluebirds, one with horns, and another with a halo. These can show your acceptance of your good and bad natures.

Hummingbird

The hummingbird, which is a very fast bird, can depict energy. Another representation associated with the hummingbird is struggle and exertion, as this bird is known to work hard in order to keep itself alive and flying fast.

With the many bird tattoos and symbolisms available, you can surely choose one, which breaks away from tradition. By adding several design elements to your bird ink, you can have a style, which is very rare and attractive.

Over the past years, research have shown some tremendous fish oil benefits and especially in the treatment and prevention of some major diseases. These health benefits include the treatment of complications such as high cholesterol, heart diseases, arthritis, depression and inflammation among others. Fish oil contains valuable omega 3 fatty acids which are essential in aiding the treatment of various diseases and this has led to the discovery of fish oil supplements especially for people who have no access to fish. Normally, omega 3 comes in different forms such as the Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), Gamma-linolenic acid, Eicosapentaenoic acid and Alpha-linolenic acid.

Normally, there are many sources of omega 3 with fish oil standing as one of the best in the list. This is because omega 3 contains the DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid), which are highly effective in the body. These omega 3 molecules are particularly highly concentrated in fish muscles and are easy to digest. While there are other sources such as plants and seal oil offers the perfect balance between omega 3 and omega 6 which help prevent inflammations and other complications such as osteoporosis and heart disease. Omega 3 essential fatty acids are normally present in squid oil, algal oil, flaxseed oil and echium oil as well.

While it is the best source of omega 3, it will be important to point out that not all forms of fish oil will provide the desired benefits. The oil should be concentrated and properly refined thus getting rid of the harmful toxins. This means that only a small dosage of the oils is required for the provision of the desired omega 3 benefits. It is worth noting that while the use of this oil supplements is good in providing the body with the desired omega 3 essential fatty acids, care should be taken and especially when it comes to the pregnant women. Supplements are made from cold water fish including cod, herring, salmon, mackerel and tuna.

Caution should be taken when taking the supplements as all of them come in different dosage recommendations. Depending with the purpose of the intake, the percentage of the EPA and dha omega 3 active ingredients should be used to determine the dosage. While people using This oil and related supplements are assured of major fish oil benefits, it is important to be aware of some common side effects and especially when taken on large doses. Some of the most common side effects of high fish oil dosage include the lowering of the body’s immune system, rash, loose stool and nausea among others. High dosages should only be taken under medical supervision.

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