On Monday, we talked about fat reduction and today, I am introducing some beneficial oils that we need to know.
Why add oil to our diet when the primary strategy for us is to eliminate oil. Oils are made different. There are different types of oil that we categorized based on its properties. There are the saturated fatty acids and unsaturated fatty acids and the omega categories.
The development of food science throughout the years allow us to learn what is the type of fat that would benefit us. We are discovering more and more about the food that we ate. For example, trans-fat were introduced and being used for years and in the recent year, we see tremendous reduction of trans-fat as we discover the adverse effect of changing the fat structure. Of course, you don't need to know why but just remember to look out for trans-fat in your label and make sure you are consuming low amount of trans-fat.
Let's discuss a little bit about saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. Saturated fats are typically derived from animal fat while unsaturated fatty acid derived from plant based source.
Do you know the difference between fats and oil? Fats are solid, typically from saturated fatty acids. Oils are from unsaturated fatty acids.
The only problem with fat (animal based) is that you will see the frozen solid at room temperature. That is exactly how it is in our blood arteries. It leads to cholesterol deposition. Imagine having a solid fat deposit into our arteries, it is blocking our blood flow and I think it is scary to have a blockage in our arteries.
Unsaturated fats on the other hand, contribute to what we seen as polyunsaturated fatty acids- some people know them as good fats. They are not exactly good fats. Let me describe how it works. These polyunsaturated fatty acids need a good balance to function as good fats. Why are omega-3 fatty acids are always one of the top supplement list that everyone should consider taking? We ate too much omega-6 fatty acids from our vegetable oil and it creates unsaturated fatty acid imbalance in our body. The basic rule about omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is that these fatty acids have opposite properties. If omega-3 helps you to remove blood clotting, omega-6 fatty acids helps you clot your arteries. When you took too much omega-6 fatty acid, you will find that you need more omega-3 fatty acids to help clear your arteries due to omega-6 fatty acids. That is why I recommend taking omega-3 supplements plus reducing the omega-6 fatty acids at the same time. Look at most supplement's omega-3 and omega-6 content ratio. It is likely omega-3 and omega-6 comes together in the oil, You should always just consider the omega-3 in the form of EPA and DHA.
These are the equation.
Omega 3 Fatty acid = EPA +DHA
Other fats in the supplement = Capsule size/Oil content - Omega-3 fatty acids
There are others oil that are useful. For example, flax seed oil, evening primrose oil. Human body are not perfect; sometimes our body lack of certain enzymes that help us make the fatty acids that we need for our health. That is why people who take supplement see results and some doesn't as I have mentioned before.
The know how to take oil based supplement is important.
I always suggest having food or natural health product to substitute drugs but never feel that you are dependent on these product. There are many alternatives.
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