Archive for the ‘Omega 6’ Category

Reducing Omega-6 Consumption in Our Diets

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Omega-6 oils are something that we must decrease the amounts of in our daily diet, cutting back on certain foods can help this process. Omega-6 is found in foods we eat everyday, mainly processed foods, and the oils that are from the omega-6 are not generally good for our health, so reducing consumption of these common products and learning some easy tips can help us lead better and healthier lifestyles.

If you like cereal, you might want to consider changing cereal to oatmeal in the mornings or using a cereal that contains flaxseed. Most cereals are high in the omega-6 oils, which if eaten everyday can become a very unhealthy habit.

If you love to eat salads like most people do, the dressing you use probably also contains high amounts of omega-6 oils, which can end up causing more harm than good. If you are a lover of salad, you might want to consider making your own salad dressing at home using olive and canola oil which turns out to be a healthier and tastier dressing.

We all love our fast-food, and yes it is a quick and easy dinner or lunch when we are tired or on the go, but all fast-food contains very high levels of the omega-6 oils, mainly because so much of the fast-food is processed and imitation of real meats. If you want to cut the omega-6 oils out of your diet in order to get healthier, think of maybe only getting that cheeseburger and fries once a month instead of once a week. You do not have to cut out the fast-food entirely from your diet, because it is pretty good tasting food, but try to limit how much and how often you are consuming it due to the caloric-intake as well as the high omega-6 seed oils.

It is summer and people love to grill-out during this time of year, making burgers and hot-dogs and eating potato chips. Potato chips are fine to eat but you need to be looking for the chips that are fried in canola oil instead of the cottonseed, soy, or sunflower oil. Those are the bad omega-6 oils and even though they might taste wonderful, your body is getting beat up as you munch on them. If you just look for the bag that has canola oil made in it, you will be doing your body a lot of good, and you can not really even taste or notice a difference in the chips themselves.

Walnuts are a nut that is very high in the omega-3s, and although omega-3 is not bad for you, too much of it can be. If you like nuts to snack on while at work or out on the road, try getting almonds or pecans, because they have a better nutritional value and do not contain the high level of omega-3 or omega-6 oils.

You always need to look at your food labels when you are buying grocery products and are looking to decrease your omega-6 consumption. By looking at food labels, you are becoming more aware of the ingredients and are able to tell if something is processed or not processed. Most processed food says hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oils as an ingredient listed, which are bad for you and more importantly are the bad omega-6 oils.

If you are looking for an omega-3 supplement in order to get your recommended fish oil nutrients, it is important to read the bottle to make sure it does not contain both the omega-3 and omega-6 oils. Putting both of these products together will usually mean the bottle says “complete omega,” which is not something you need. If you are wanting to use a supplement to get fish oil, pick omega-3 fish oil and not a complete omega supplement.

If you like to eat fish, and important tip for you to remember is to avoid farmed-fish. You should be eating fish and fish products that come from the ocean and lakes, not from a farm. Typically farmed-fish are fed with soy products and soy products are also not good for you if taken in too much.

Type 2 Diabetes & Role of Omega-3, Omega-6 in Reducing Cardiac Complications

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Diabetic patients face a unique set of healthcare complications in direct relation to their blood glucose levels but also secondary to other health complications that develop. If you are living with type 2 diabetes, and if you are concerned about your overall health beyond that of your blood sugar levels, then you may want to consider how supplements can improve your quality of life.

In diabetic patients, one of the most common causes of fatal outcomes is the complication associated with cardiac risks or cardiovascular events. Because diabetes can cause macrovascular complications that lead to death, it is important that type 2 diabetics find ways in which to negate these risks.

With type 2 diabetes, there is a marked risk for unstable blood glucose levels which leads to elevated lipid levels in the blood and can adversely affect blood pressure. In addition, individuals with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes are also at risk for developing congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis and visceral obesity.

By supplementing your diet with fish, two to three times per week, or simply taking an omega supplement every day, you can reduce your risks for these secondary heart complications. While omega-3 and omega-6 supplements can not negate the effects of type 2 diabetes, or even change the levels of your blood glucose, it can help to diminish the secondary complications associated with heart disease.

When considering options for supplementing your overall diabetes healthcare, be sure to ask your doctor about the role of omega supplements and the role of eating fish, regularly, as part of your healthy lifestyle choices. In many cases, your doctor will not only encourage this type of dietary and supplement change but will also run regular blood tests to check your cardiac risk, including your blood lipid levels. In the short term, you should begin to notice an improvement in your blood pressure and, ultimately, omega supplements can improve cognition and other areas that type 2 diabetes can adversely impact.

Sources: The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes, by Allison Goldfine

The Amazing Importance of Omega Oils

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

If you are at all interested in health, you have probably heard of the benefits omega 3 fatty acids can give you. These fats have the power to drastically increase health, resistance to disease, and greatly slow the aging process. The problem is, the majority of people have dangerously low levels of these healthy fats in their bodies.

Having low levels of Omega 3 oils leads to serious health complications. Heart disease, ADHD, depression, arthritis, certain cancers and numerous other ailments are linked to a deficiency in omega oils.

The body cannot produce omega oils by itself, so its only source is from the foods you eat and the supplements you take. However, the average modern diet is almost completely lacking in omega oils. For example, the majority of people in America are over 80% deficient in these essential oils. That is cause for serious concern. To make matters worse, the average diet provides much in the way of unhealthy, disease causing fats. Combine the deficient levels of Omega 3s with the over abundance of bad fats and you have a recipe for disease and rapid aging.

It’s so easy to take in proper amounts of omega 3s using supplements, that I am amazed at how few people actually do it. All you need to do is find high quality cold pressed oil and take it each morning. Doing this simple practice yields amazing health benefits. Skin becomes smoother, brain health is increased, joints are lubricated, the heart becomes healthier, digestion is aided, and vision becomes clearer — basically every cell of your body rejoices.

This leads to you feeling great with plenty of energy throughout your day. Not to mention you will age much slower and become far more resistant to degenerative diseases.

Johanna Budwig, a German cancer researcher, has used omega oils mixed with cottage cheese to yield a 95% cure rate on her patients. This is truly amazing and shows just how crucial proper intake of these healthy fats is to our well-being. If they can produce these results on cancer patients, I am sure they can help cure other disease to. Given the proper ingredients, your body can heal itself of most illnesses as long as they are caught in an early enough stage.

Give your body what it needs to do its job. It won’t be able to heal itself or maintain good health if it’s missing key ingredients. By supplementing with omega oils you will experience more vitality, productivity and well-being than ever before. If this sounds far-fetched to you, try it for a month – that’s all it will take to make you a believer.

Omega 6 Fatty Acids May Cause Depression

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Scientists have theorized for quite a while that not consuming enough omega-3 fatty acids can increase the chances of depression. Recently, it was established in a study that omega-3 fatty acids have antidepressant effects. Unfortunately, omega-6 fatty acids are more common in Western diets, and current research indicates that eating too many omega-6 fatty acids may actually cause depression.

Fish, vegetables and flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids can be found in soy, corn oil, sunflower oil and margarines. Research, that includes the evolution of humans and their diet, suggests that these fatty acids should be consumed at a ratio of 1:1 each day. This ratio is not observed in the modern diet. People in England and the United States have a ratio closer to 20:1 or 50:1, which is more than a little skewed.

Omega-6 fatty acids are so prevalent in the modern diet because they appear in many processed foods. While they may be useful to food processing, omega-6 fatty acids may cause depression in the countless number of people who eat them on a regular basis.

Most people are aware of the health benefits omega-3 fatty acids provide to the brain and heart. However, the Journal of Lipid Research recently published a study from Tel Aviv University that claims it is just as important to lower intake of omega-6 fatty acids as it is to increase the consumption of omega-3s.

Many scientists believe that balancing the ratio between these fatty acids could help control symptoms of depression in the future. Most people can afford to reduce the intake of omega-6 and increase omega-3 consumption. However, it is important not to completely remove omega-6 fatty acids. They are essential nutrients, but we live in a society that eats 20 to 50 times the necessary amount each day. People who suffer from depression might want to avoid foods high in omega-6 fatty acids such as corn, corn oil, sunflower, sunflower oil, soy, safflower, safflower oil, canola, canola oil, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats, margarine, shortening or vegetable oil. Substitutions that can boost omega-3 intake include extra virgin olive oil, organic butter, coconut oil, mercury free fish oil,