So what is an Essential Fatty Acid and why is it so important to optimal health?
Well first . . . Essential Fatty Acids increase cellular oxygen uptake. And the idea behind this . . . is that when the body's cell walls are not made with the right fats, they are not able to absorb oxygen efficiently.
And if cells live too long in an oxygen "deprived" environment . . . illness, obesity and disease will surely occur.
So what's wrong with this Western diet we love so much?
Well . . . simply said . . . the ratio between Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids are way out of whack!
Okay . . . so there's actually a ratio for Omega fatty acids that the body "MUST" maintain for optimal health. And the ratio between Omega 6 and Omega 3 must be maintained at a close 1 : 1 ratio for a healthy body and mind.
But. . . . because this Western world we live in is so messed up. The guidelines that are set for us are a 4 : 1 ratio. Meaning . . . Omega 6 is the "4" and Omega 3 is the "1". The reason for this . . . is to give us a little wiggle room.
However, we take that wiggle room and abuse it. Studies show that the average person eating this Western diet has a ratio between 10 : 1 and 50 : 1. Meaning we eat way too much saturated fat (Omega 6), like fried foods and pizzas.
Now . . . Omega 6's "are" important for our health because they play a crucial role in brain function, stimulating skin and hair growth, maintaining bone health, regulating metabolism and maintaining the reproductive system.
BUT . . . consuming TOO MANY Omega 6's will backfire on us! And now becomes detrimental to our health.
We now become "unbalanced". So what are we eating to cause this???
Well . . . for an example . . . remember the oils we spoke of the other day???
Well check this out . . .
1. Corn oil - has been reported to be a 49 : 1 ratio, with Omega 6 being out of control.
2. Canola oil - has a ratio of 2 : 1 which doesn't seem bad but because it's in everything we eat, it doubles our chances of disease and/or weight issues.
3. Cottonseed oil - 275 : 1 ratio, this is just insane!!!!
4. Grape seed oil - 696 : 1 ratio . . . don't you dare use this oil!
Okay . . . now Omega-3 fats are also a crucial part of human cell membranes. They have a number of other important functions including: improving heart health. increase "good" HDL cholesterol, reduces triglycerides and blood pressure and the formation of arterial plaques.
Unfortunately in this Western diet . . . we don't consume anywhere near enough Omega 3's and we eat way too many Omega-6 fatty acids.
So what's the outcome of consuming too many Omega-6's???
Well . . . they can raise your blood pressure, lead to blood clots that can cause heart attack and stroke and cause your body to retain water.
So the key here is . . . "Moderation". And unfortunately . . . nowhere in the Western diet do we consume these 6's in moderation.
So how do we fix this?
Well . . . Be more conscious of the Omega 6's you consume by cooking your own meals and using the "healthy oils" we spoke of the other day. And supplement your diet with a compliant Omega 3 fatty acid.
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