September 9, 2013 | Posted in Head / Nervous System, Heart / Circulation, Immune System, Inflammations / Infections, Nutrition, Skin / Hair / Nails

Nature has given us the ability to create certain nutrients from combinations of other nutrients, bacteria and enzymes within our body.

Not so with others.

This second group of nutrients are known as essential nutrients (eg., essential amino acids,) because it is “essential” that we get them from food.


Among the essential nutrients we must have to maintain health are the essential fatty acids. Like the ‘essential amino acids’ they are not manufactured in our body and must be eaten.
Fatty acids come in a variety of types, omega 3, 6, 9 being the most common. Humans can manufacture omega 6 and 9 from omega 3, but cannot manufacture omega 3fatty acids; hence, we must consume them.

Unfortunately, the standard American diet is very high in omega 6 fatty acids, the type of fatty acid which tends to promote inflammation.  Furthermore, the quality of the omega 6 fatty acids in high consumption is very poor, from highly processed vegetable oils.  Processed foods are the main source of this anti-nutrient, low quality omega 6 fatty acids.  Inflammation, as we learned over the past few decades, is a major contributor to the increase in degenerative disease of all age groups in the United States.

Omega 3s, by contrast, are anti-inflammatory. Adequate omega 3 blood levels are found to be related to a decrease in sudden cardiac death (arrhythmia) by almost 50%. What’s more, Omega 3s support skin health, brain function, and lessen migraine frequency, to name just a few of their well- documented benefits.
Omega 3’s are found in plant sources, with walnuts, algae, flax seeds and wild blueberries being among the richest.  Krill from the ocean also contain omega 3 fatty acids. Some people can use plant source omega 3’s, but not everyone’s metabolic machinery is able to convert plant source  omega 3’s into the active form the body can utilize. Fish omega 3 such as cod liver oil or salmon oil, can be used by everyone, such as cod liver oil, or salmon oil.  Studies of omega 3 benefits have primarily been done on fish oil source omega 3’s.

Given that omega 3s are so beneficial, and the American diet is so upside down being rich in omega 6, a high intake of omega-3-rich foods is advisable for everyone.

Commonly a supplement of omega 3 is helpful, since people do not eat a lot of wild-caught salmon, which is the most nutrient dense food for omega 3 and its companion fat-soluble vitamin, vit D.

Unfortunately, most supplements of omega 3’s are from farm raised fish. These fish have more sea lice, higher levels of PCB chemicals, and are fed diets including pellets of chicken feces. Their living conditions promote disease, and are unnatural to their species. Dyes are added to make their pale flesh look healthier.

Please use only high quality fish oil supplements from wild fish.

Omega 3s have been consumed in large amounts with no apparent significant adverse effects. However, there are people whose genetic makeup handles fats very differently. Any time a nutrient is used in massive concentration, it is being used more as a drug than a food. High doses of any nutrient should taken be only under the guidance of a healthcare practitioner.

At high doses of omega 3s it is important to have high antioxidant intake as well (fresh fruits and vegetables, 7-9 servings per day).

Some people have slight thinning of the blood and surgeons commonly request people stop omega 3s for 2 weeks prior to surgery.

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Green Pasture Blue Ice Royal for adults 1/2 teaspoon or two capsules daily orally.

This combines wild fish cod liver oil processed by traditional fermentation methods, increasing its absorption and supporting the good our beneficial gut bacteria, and adds butter oil.

Natura Health Products Beyond Essential Fats for adults one-half teaspoon daily orally.

This contains  a valuable balance of fish oil and sea buckthorn oil designed to support the nutritional needs of the sickest patients and cancer patients.

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Be sure to let your practitioners know what remedies, supplements and medications you are taking. Hopefully your practitioners are also interested in your diet. Lab testing can clarify if you are one of the people who has a gene that could make fatty acid absorption problematic.

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