I started taking omega 3 fatty acids in 2009 at the advice of my physician to reduce inflammation and promote cardiovascular health. Since then I have learned more about the importance of these fats called “essential fatty acids”.
Why do we need them?
Our ratio of Omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids is supposed to be 1:1 or at worst 2:1. The average American’s diet is closer to 20:1. Since the 1070’s when the government declared that vegetable oils were healthier than saturated animal fats and started subsidizing farming of vegetable oils like canola and corn oil, they have been added to every box, can, and bag of processed food. Guess what, vegetable oils are Omega 6 fats. Add to that, Omega 3 fatty acids are no longer present in our meat, egg, and fish supply because of farm-raising the animals on commercial grain feed. Add large amounts of Omega 6 and take away the Omega 3 and you tip the diet ratio to 20:1.
The problem is that Omega 6 oils cause inflammation, a slow burn so to speak. The slow burn of smoldering inflammation leads to autoimmune diseases like lupus, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and allergies. Inflammation also promotes cancer, heart attack, angina, stroke, diabetes, and on and on. Dr. Russell Blaylock says that studies link the rise in consumption of seed oils (canola, sunflower, safflower, corn, etc.) to the rise in depression.
Omega 3 fatty acids are the antidote. Specifically, EPA and DHA found in Omega 3 fats are anti-inflammatory. Omega 3 deficiency has a direct effect on brain health. Reversing the ratio of Omega 6 and 3 acids has led to recovery from everything from arthritis to depression. Dr. Blaylock is a neurosurgeon who has treated many patients successfully with Omega 3. He has seen improvement in depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease when supplementing with EPA and DHA. He also says that recovery from brain trauma is faster and more complete with proper Omega 3 levels.
Omega 3 fatty acids also improve cardiovascular health. Dr. Furhman cites studies which show ground flax seeds (high in Omega 3) lower cholesterol 6-11%. Dr. Blaylock says Omega 3 fatty acids work by thinning the blood and reducing clotting as well as being anti-inflammatory.
They fight cancer by reducing inflammation, stimulating detoxification, building antioxidant enzymes, and preventing DNA damage. On the other hand, Omega 6 fats speed the growth and spread of cancer.
Suffering from depression? Feeling stiff and achy with joint pain? Suffering with allergies? You can benefit from supplementing with Omega 3 fatty acids. Like all supplements, buy a high quality one with high EPA and DHA. I recommend Omega Pure 820 High Potency by Xymogen. You can buy them from Naturalhealthyconcepts.com. You may have to call to get them and you may have to tell them that your nutritional counselor Kristi Whitley recommended them to you. I take three a day in a single dose. That supplies me with around 2,400mg of EPA and DHA.
Fast Food and Supplements
Please don’t waste your money on supplements if you are eating fast food, breads, cakes, crackers, chips, French fries, margarine, candy, and pasta everyday. Stop eating those first then add the Omega 3 fats.
All the best,
Flax Oil Salad Dressing
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped chives
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 large clove garlic, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons flaxseed oil blend
pinch of cayenne
1/2 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper
In a blender or food processor, combine vinegar, chives, parsley, basil, oregano, mustard, and garlic and blend until smooth. Slowly add oil in a fine stream and blend until slightly creamy. Season with cayenne, salt and pepper.
Per Serving:Serving size: 2 Tablespoons, 100 calories (90 from fat), 10g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 300mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0g dietary fiber, 0g sugar), 0g protein