And why EVERYONE should be taking them….
Omega-3s, along with omega-6s, are essential fatty acids. This means that these fats must be ingested for a human being to
survive. More to the point, they need to be ingested and absorbed in the proper amounts for optimal health.
Omega-3s are fats found in nuts, flax, and fish. Grass fed chickens and their eggs as well as grass fed beef and other animals’ meat
also contain omega-3 in smaller amounts. Farm animals raised on grains typically lack omega-3s.
Many Omega-6s are found in undesirably high amounts in corn oils, vegetable oils, soy oils, etc. When these oils are fried, they are
converted into much more dangerous trans-fat or hydrogenated oil. Avoid all of these oils.
Ideally we should consume an equal amount of omega-6s and omega-3s (1:1 ratio). Over the past 100 years our diets have become
so high in omega-6 and so deficient in omega-3s that the ratio in the United States is now close to 50:1! It’s no wonder we are seeing
skyrocketing rates of many health problems in the USA. We DO NOT get enough healthy omega-3s in our diets.
The International Journal of Cancer in March 2002 reported that there was indeed a protective effect of omega-3 fatty acids on breast
cancer risk and supports the imperative balance of the omega-3 to omega-6 ratio as being important in the development of breast
There are three specific types of omega-3s that should be consumed; ALA, EPA, and DHA. All three need to be consumed individually
to obtain optimal levels. Supplementing with just flax seeds will not cover your needs for EPA or DHA, which are found mostly in fish
or grass fed animals. Vegetarians may also be lacking in these important fats, leaving them very prone to the diseases discussed
Foods rich in ALA include flax, walnuts, and almonds. EPA and DHA can be found in fish such as tuna and salmon (not shellfish).
Unfortunately the fish supply is so tainted with mercury due to coal burning plants that it is too dangerous to eat the large amounts of
fish needed to meet our omega-3s requirements. Farm raised fish has been shown to be very low in omega-3s due to their
nutritionally void diets.
The only safe and effective way to insure you have plenty of omega-3s is to supplement with pharmaceutical grade fish oils. They
are tested to ensure purity, quality and freshness and that they are free of any harmful contaminants such as mercury or dangerous
PCB’s. Remember, all supplements are NOT the same! Only trust pharmaceutical grade supplements from your doctor.
DHA is the primary building block in the brain (and the retina of the eye). That’s why you might have heard that fish is brain food!
Today, the saying should be “fish oil is brain food!”
Speaking of brains, infants’ brains develop very fast requiring high amounts of omega-3s. One reason a baby’s head is soft is so it
will allow for the rapid brain growth. This rapid brain growth begins in the mother’s womb so it is crucial for a mother to ingest plenty
of omega-3s while pregnant and while nursing (breast milk is extremely high in DHA). If she does not, the baby’s only option is to pull
DHA from the mother’s “reserve” (her own brain!). This is why postpartum depression is so common in mothers today. Infants,
mothers and all children would benefit greatly from an omega-3s rich diet.
Science Daily reported on November 8, 2004 that “A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids has been proven to prevent cardiovascular
disease, however, findings have indicated that these fatty acids may also help prevent depression.“ It went on to say, “low plasma
concentrations of DHA predicted low concentrations of brain serotonin. This decreased amount of serotonin can be associated with
depression and suicide.” Obviously, Omega-3s play a vital role in maintaining cardiac, brain, and overall health and everyone should
be taking them.
What can be done?
1) START NOW. Talk to Dr. Webster about natural care and prevention. He will be able to give you more information about healthy
omega-3s and will be able to answer any questions you might have. Do not wait until you have developed one of these diseases
before you take action. The symptoms of diseases are usually in the latter stages of the disease process, so you may have no idea
you are even getting sick. Prevention is the best and most cost effective way to avoid disease.
2) STOP eating refined sugar and flour products and greatly reduce consumption of grains, potatoes, and other starchy foods. There
is no reason to consume starchy foods. You can get all your carbohydrates from fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruits, vegetables, and
raw nuts such as walnuts provide a good ratio of essential fatty acids in addition to all of the other critical vitamins, minerals and
nutrients involved in absorbing and utilizing these fats.
3) AVOID eating trans-fat or hydrogenated oil. These fats are man made and are added to almost all processed foods. It is very
important to read food labels to make sure you do not eat any of these horrible fats which force out the healthy essential fats (such as
omega-3s) from your cell membranes. Trans-fats are also strongly linked to health problems such as diabetes, heart disease,
ADD/ADHD, stroke, and more.
5) Utilize pharmaceutical grade supplements in an appropriate manner. There are products that combine all of the essential fats that
need to be consumed in appropriate ratios along with natural vitamin E to prevent spoiling. However, everyone is different so
everyone requires a unique supplementation plan. Some people require higher amounts of certain essential fats than others. Speak
with Dr. Webster today to customize and monitor your health plan.
Call Dr. Webster for an appointment today.
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