Essential Fats in Diet
Essential Fats Your Body NeedsMost people who are looking to get lean avoid dietary fat like the plague. This is one of those great myths that never seems to die. Dietary fat is absolutely essential in your quest to get lean, but it must be the right type and in the correct amounts.
One of the most amazing fats you can consume is flaxseed oil. The magical flaxseed has health benefits that will make you run out and buy some after reading this article.
There are two essential fats that your body is unable to produce, the omega-6 fat called linoleic acid and the omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid. These fats, which are both in flax oil, are essential, because they actually help to form parts of the structure of your brain, eyes, ears, adrenals, joints and just about every cell in the body. When these two fats are deficient, body function declines. Plus, these essential fats help reduce body fat. Yes, you read that right -- they help reduce body fat.
According to The Complete Guide to Fats and Oils in Health and Nutrition by Udo Erasmus and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, clinical and physiological research has shown that the majority of diets are deficient in Omega-3 fats and this deficiency can result in:
Coronary Heart Disease: Studies show that oils containing Omega-3 can have a number of beneficial effects in the prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease. Omega-3's have been shown to reduce the cholesterol ratio, blood pressure, triglyceride levels and cardiac arrhythmia.
Cancer: Omega-3 has been shown to selectively kill human cancer cells in tissue culture studies, without harming normal cells. Clinical studies are confirming the potential of high doses of Omega-3 to reduce tumor growth.
Arthritis: Several double blind studies have shown that when oils rich in Omega-3 are taken as a dietary supplement, about 2/3 of patients are able to discontinue their non-steroidal drugs and a further 20 percent can cut down their drug use.
Skin Problems: Skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, eczema, dry skin and other allergic conditions have all been shown to be partly related to Omega-3 deficiency.
Stress: Omega-3 fatty acids are the precursors for the Series 3 prostaglandin's, which regulate immune function and are responsible for reversing the body's physiological response to stress. Some clinical studies have indicated a sense of calmness in response to Omega-3's.
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