Are you confused about Omega 3 ?
I am including the full article taken from the eBook ‘It’s your Life, It’s your Choice – In sickness and in Health’ written by Jim Uttleymoore
For further reading – http://uttleyrawfood.com/ebooks
Fat is the most concentrated source of calories as it provides 9 calories per gram. What! Let’s do the maths, just 100 grams of fat equals 900 calories.
The average Australian diet is loaded with oil, fat and sugar which is the major contributor to the overweight and obesity epidemic. If you consume more than 30% of your daily calories in saturated and hydrogenated fats in the long term you may be staring cancer and heart disease [to name a few], right in the face. It’s not only the over consumption of fat that can cause the build up of fat on the inner walls of the arteries, but the fat cells that have been damaged by free radicals. This is called “oxidized fat” which causes the blood to become stickier thus enabling the fat to adhere to artery walls more easily. With heart disease and cancer being the two biggest killers in affluent societies
The right fats do play an important role for their energy producing qualities, as well as cellular protection and structure. The types of fats we consume have a telling influence on our health particularly the essential fatty acids of omega-3,-6 and -9. They are called “essential” because the body can’t produce them and they are (essential) to good health.
Omega-3, parent fatty acid is called ALA and the highest source comes from chia and flax seeds. Through a series of enzyme-controlled reactions the body converts this ALA into two other long chain fats EPA and DHA but unfortunately at a very low percentage rate which are really not satisfactory for the bodies vital needs.
The optimum nutritional sources of EPA and DHA are made by marine micro-algae. These are then consumed by fish and accumulate at high levels in their internal organs. Recently researchers have developed a new fermentation method that allows them to harvest these essential fats from the algae. This algae oil is ideal for those reluctant to take fish oil supplements, although high quality fish oil is far more potent.
For the ALA content like to take organic flax and chia as they are both so important, being 70% higher in omega-3, than omega-6.
I purchase my supply of fish oil based omega-3 from an Australian company who manufactures in Australia oil rich fish caught in the pristine Southern Ocean. This fish oil contains the two long chained fatty acids DHA and EPA, which are very important nutritional components that completes the essential oil, omega-3. Please be aware of the generic fish oil capsules, in most circumstances the origin of the oil is not disclosed and may carry toxic chemicals.
So what have we learnt so far, we have choices in how we select those vital three acids that make up omega-3.
So how does omega-3 fatty acids work?
Every cell in our body is surrounded by a cell membrane composed mainly of fatty acids. The cell membrane allows the proper amounts of necessary essential nutrients including water and glucose to enter the cell, and ensures that waste products are quickly removed. Researchers found that a combination of vitamin A and omega-3 protects our life giving cells by activating an enzyme that generates a compound which induces gene p22, a human tumor suppressor that ultimately causes cancer cell death.
The type of fat we eat determines the quality of our cell membranes. Hydrogenated fats harden cell membranes causing poor transference of vital glucose energy, and causes cell susceptibility to free radical attack.
Recent statistics indicated over 90% of people in the USA are deficient in omega-3, but on the other hand their blood is jam-packed with health retarding sugars, saturated fats and oils. If you feel you may fit into this category and suffer the symptoms of fatigue, itchy/dry skin, brittle hair or nails, frequent colds, poor concentration, lack of physical endurance, or joint pain, increasing your omega-3 intake may be your answer.
Fact: Omega-3 oils are extremely susceptible to damage from heat, light and oxygen, and should be stored in a dark glass container in the refrigerator.
Essential fatty acids transform into compounds known as prostaglandins, which are produced in the cells but only when omega-3 and 6 are in balance. They carry out important tasks in regulating blood pressure, kidney function, allergic response, intestinal integrity and most significant the reduction of inflammation causing pain and swelling.
The type of fat you consume determines the nature and quality of the cell membrane, which is the central factor in the development of virtually every disease. Over the last 50 years studies have shown the amazing potential health benefits of ALA, DHA, EPA, omega-3 oil, in reducing blood pressure, stimulating circulation, supporting cardiovascular health, brain and eye sight development and maintenance, and suppressing chronic inflammation due to arthritis and bronchial asthma.
Other reasons why there is so much publicity about the consumption of omega-3 based fish oil, flax and chia seeds. It simply is because most naturally oil enriched foods such as avocados, olives, corn, oats, soybeans, tempeh, tofu, hemp oil, and nuts like almonds, brazils, cashews, macadamias, peanuts, walnuts, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and dare I say it, meat and dairy are extremely high in omega-6.
A high ratio of omega-6 promotes platelet stickiness, a factor that leads to hardening of the arteries, heart disease and stroke. The point is, you may feel you are consuming a healthy natural diet eating the foods listed above, you are, [sort of] but the balance is all out of whack. Equal amounts of omega-3 to omega-6 allow those essential fatty acids to work as a team for your good health, rather than creating havoc. For balance in our diet covering all the body’s nutritional needs, creates a stable foundation for all aspects of our personal life. Feeling alive and contented in our own skin leads to a positive and harmonious outlook.
While we are on the subject of fat, please note: eliminate all margarine and other foods containing hydrogenated oils as they interfere with the body’s ability to utilize omega-3 and-6.