Healthy Fats and Your Health Part I
Healthy fats are needed for many functions in the body. Health Brain, Heart, Skin, Joints and metabolic function such as Thyroid and Weight loss.
I liken Healthy fats in the body, to putting oil in a car, without it the car would seize up. Our bodies do not function well without healthy fats.
Olives and olive oil are the original healthy fat. Research finds that it helps lower your risk for heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Most recently, Spanish researchers publishing in the journal Molecules reported that the various components of olive oil including oleic acid and secoiridoids protect your body on the cellular level to slow the aging process.
Avocados have been known to help lower inflammation, which is linked to cardiovascular and other diseases. "You need to consume healthy fats in order for your body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K—add them to a salad so you can reap the benefits of all those veggies!"
Coconut oil is a good saturated fat. The main type of saturated fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, "which is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. "Coconut oil is also unique from other sources of saturated fats because it contains medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which help to nourish the brain and have been reported to help those with dementia. MCTs are also metabolized differently—they go straight from the liver to the digestive tract and can then be used as a quick source of energy rather than getting stored.
Fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), all of which feed your brain and fight inflammation and chronic disease. If you're concerned about mercury, choose salmon, anchovies, herring, sardines, or trout.
Organic Cheese, some studies have found that people who regularly eat organic cheese have lower risk of high LDL cholesterol and heart disease. Organic Aged cheeses like Parmesan are also a good source of Probiotic, which promote healthy digestion and weight.
Nuts are an important part of your daily diet. Each handful of nuts packs a powerhouse of nutrients including amino acids, vitamin E, Minerals and unsaturated fatty acids. In one long-term study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, eating a daily one-ounce serving of nuts was associated with a 50% lower incidence of diabetes, a 30% reduction in heart disease, and a nearly 50% lower incidence of stroke. The fat in nuts, also helps to nourish the brain. Nut butters are also a healthy choice.
Seeds are high in Omega 3 and 6, they are also packed with nutrients, Minerals Amino Acids and Fiber. They have been known to support Heart Health, lower Cholesterol, improve skin problems, Inflammation and Gut health. Grinding the seed help make them readily absorbable. Sesame seed butter, Pumpkin seed butter and other seed butters have the same benefits as the seeds.
Avoid trans-fats. Studies indicate that trans-fats found in processed, deep fried food products may impact brain function and even cause increased aggression in humans.
It is sometimes difficult to get all of the healthy fats that we need in our diet every day. I choose to supplement my Essential Fatty Acids by adding them to my daily diet. Below are a few of my favorites. I also use these in the clinic with great results. I source out the highest Quality Controlled products on the market.
Lecithin contains fat-like substances called phospholipids. Components of lecithin protect cells from oxidation and largely comprise the protective sheaths surrounding the nerves in the brain and nervous system. It is needed by every cell in the body and is a key building block of cell membranes, helping them to maintain flexibility. Although lecithin is a fatty substance, it is also a fat emulsifier. Emulsifiers in the body play an important role in fat digestion and circulatory health. The nervous system may benefit from the choline in lecithin. Choline is useful for making acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter.Flax Seed Oil
Several scientific studies show that consumption of omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) can benefit the heart. Flax Seed Oil provides EFAs, including linoleic acid.
Fatty acids are termed "essential" because the body cannot manufacture them. Flax seed oil contains twice as much omega-3 essential fatty acids as fish oil products, without the fishy aftertaste.
The body produces prostaglandins—precursors to hormones and other compounds. Some of these initiate beneficial reactions while others produce negative effects. An improper balance of EFAs in the diet can lead to increased production of the "bad" prostaglandins. Flax Seed Oil Liquid provides the ideal ratio of omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 EFAs required to maintain the necessary balance between good and bad prostaglandins.
EFAs from flax also:
- Support the structural integrity of cellular membranes, offering associated benefits to the cardiovascular and nervous systems.
- Aids in the construction of healthy cell membranes.
- Keeps saturated fats mobile in the bloodstream.
- Maintains already-normal stickiness of blood platelets.
- Plays a vital role in the production of prostaglandins.
- Helps maintain cholesterol levels already in the normal range.
- Stimulates immune activity.
- Assists the body in producing prostaglandins (messengers in the body that perform hundreds of important functions)
- Provides the body with important fatty acids
- May help the body maintain proper temperature
- Strengthens body tissues
- Supports the glandular and circulatory systems
- May help promote bone health
Omega-3 fatty acids are one of four basic fats that the body derives from foods. While many other fats are harmful, omega-3s benefit the body and are especially good for the heart. Super Omega-3 EPA is a source of two fatty acids, EPA and DHA. Supportive but not conclusive research shows that the consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The body uses omega-3 fatty acids as one of the primary components of cell membranes. Super Omega-3 EPA soft gel capsules contain approximately 1,000 mg fish oil, with a ratio of 33:16 EPA to DHA per soft gel capsule. It also contains lemon to significantly reduce the aftertaste from fish oil and to reduce gas.