Saturday, June 21, 2008

The fats you consume are the key to inflammation and depression...

When it comes to essential fatty acids, balance is key to ideal health. We should have a 1 to 1 ratio of omega 3's to omega 6's. Omega 3's are anti inflammatory and omega 6's are pro inflammatory. Eating a diet high in grains, package foods and cooking with vegetable oils like corn oil, increase your omega 6's. Eating cold water fish, or flax seeds, increase your omega 3's. The problem is cold water fish like salmon, today have high amounts of mercury, a heavy metal or they are farm raised with lower levels of the healthy fats we need. Flax seeds have omega 3's but they have lower bioavailability than fish oils have. I like molecularly processed fish oils that come from small cold water fish like sardines. This special processing removes any contaminates and gives you concentrated EPA and DHA, the most important essential fatty acids for ideal health. If you want to lower inflammation and improve depression, cardiovascular health, and lower your potential for certain cancers, lower your levels of grains, and package foods and use extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil primarily for cooking and for salads.


Omega-6 fatty acids found to be dietary cause of depression, heart disease ...
Researchers found a correlation between a higher omega-6-to-omega-3 blood ratio and the occurrence of depression, as well as the occurrence of inflammation-promoting compounds in the blood, according to a small study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.Researchers from Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus looked at fatty acid intake, inflammation and depression levels in 43 senior citizens. Six of the participants were found to meet the criteria for major depression. These six participants had a significantly higher ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids than the participants who were not depressed, an average of 18:1 compared with 13:1.

Typical North American Diet Is Deficient In Omega-3 Fatty Acids...
New research from the Child & Family Research Institute shows the typical North American diet of eating lots of meat and not much fish is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids and this may pose a risk to infant neurological development. Omega-3 fatty acids are unsaturated fats found in some fish such as salmon and herring and in smaller amounts in eggs and chicken. This discovery is an important step towards developing dietary fat guidelines for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Current dietary recommendations evolved from the 1950's emphasis on reducing saturated fat intake to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Anti-inflammatory Effects Of Omega 3 Fatty Acid In Fish Oil Linked To Lowering Of Prostaglandin...
Omega 3 fatty acids in dietary fish oil are reported to have anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombogenic and anti-arrhythmic effects in humans, but the biochemical basis for these beneficial health effects is not well understood. Now a University of Michigan biochemist reports that fish oil significantly diminishes the production and effectiveness of various prostaglandins, naturally occurring hormone-like substances that can accentuate inflammation and thrombosis.

Fatty Fish Protects Against Cancer...
If you want to avoid cancer of the kidneys, a new major study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows that eating salmon or other kinds of fatty fish a few times a month would be one good way to go about it. At the end of the 1980s, 90,000 Swedish women were sent a questionnaire on their dietary habits in connection with their mammography scan. Now, with the help of another questionnaire a decade later and the cancer registry, scientists at Karolinska Institutet have concluded that women who eat fatty fish gain significant protection against renal cancer.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: A Way To Improve Heart Health...
While a heart-healthy diet has become synonymous with plenty of fruits and vegetables and little fat and cholesterol, there’s more to the story. Omega-3 fatty acids should be part of a heart-healthy diet, too, according to the August issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. Omega-3 fatty acids are a form of polyunsaturated fat important to overall health. As it pertains to heart disease, their main benefit is their ability to reduce the risk of heart rhythm problems in certain groups of people, thus reducing the risk of sudden cardiac death. In addition, omega-3s may help reduce triglycerides, lower blood pressure slightly and reduce blood clotting.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Prevent Heart Disease By Improving Arterial Elasticity...
Eating fish benefits those who are at high risk for ischemic heart disease (IHD), and sudden cardiac deaths occur less frequently in those who habitually eat ocean fish, a major source of omega-3 fatty acids. In a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Nestel et al. examined the role that omega-3 fatty acids play in improving systolic and pulse pressure and vascular resistance, effects that may reduce the risk of IHD and adverse cardiac events.

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