Posted by: 4pack | November 25, 2008

“Ideal Diet” Update: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Necessary To Balance Omega-6 Consumption And Reduce Inflammation In Tissues, Joints And Circulatory System

OMEGA-3 RICH FOODS TEND TO BE LOW CARBOHYDRATE AND A FULL COMPONENT OF AN IDEAL DIET…READ EXCERPTS BELOW:

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“…Too many Omega-6s inside your body can increase clotting and be a precursor to heart attacks and strokes. Ideally, we need to maintain a ratio of no greater than 4:1, Omega-6s to Omega-3s, but the reality is most Americans are walking around with a ratio as high as 20:1…”

“… satisfactory amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, the FDA suggests eating 2 four-ounce servings of coldwater fish, like Wild Alaskan salmon…  However, as an alternative you might also consider ground flaxseed or flaxseed oil for a plant-based Omega-3 source. Other vital low-carb sources of Omega-3s include fish oil supplements, grass-fed beef, broccoli, cantaloupe, spinach leaves and walnuts…”

http://www.examiner.com/x-867-LowCarb-Examiner~y2008m11d24-Omega3-fats-may-be-what-your-healthy-diet-has-been-missing 

“…When we examine in depth how Omega-3 fats help us since our bodies cannot make them, it appears that their main action in the body is to stimulate chemicals that reduce inflammation in the joints, connective tissues and circulatory system. Inflammation is often neglected by most medical professionals because it not as easily detected in typical tests you have conducted in the doctor’s office during routine check-ups. 

Combine Omega 3s inflammation-inhibiting properties with its vital role in controlling the lopsided ratio of another important fatty acid–Omega-6s–and the full arsenal of its health promoting and disease inhibiting properties is set in motion. The actions of Omega-6 fatty acids, commonly found in most of the foods that make up the typical American diet, include maintaining the integrity and protective properties of the skin, aiding in the control of cholesterol, and enabling blood cells to adhere to each other and form blood clots to heal wounds. By exercising, eating a healthy diet, and consuming the recommended amounts of Omega-3s, the less obvious benefits of qualifying for affordable health insurance, saving money on prescription drugs, and feeling better overall are quickly realized.

In the typical American diet, we consume way too many Omega-6s than is considered healthy, in foods like mayonnaise, poultry, vegetable oils and margarine, just to name a few. Too many Omega-6s inside your body can increase clotting and be a precursor to heart attacks and strokes. Ideally, we need to maintain a ratio of no greater than 4:1, Omega-6s to Omega-3s, but the reality is most Americans are walking around with a ratio as high as 20:1. EEEEEEK!

To consume a satisfactory amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, the FDA suggests eating 2 four-ounce servings of coldwater fish, like Wild Alaskan salmon (my personal favorite!). However, as an alternative you might also consider ground flaxseed or flaxseed oil for a plant-based Omega-3 source. Other vital low-carb sources of Omega-3s include fish oil supplements, grass-fed beef, broccoli, cantaloupe, spinach leaves and walnuts.

The use of Omega-3 fatty acids has been reported to cause small reductions in blood pressure in human trials, but occurred at higher levels than the FDA recommends. Since these higher doses of Omega-3s can promote prolonged bleeding times, such implementation for personal use should only be done after consulting your doctor first. Clinical trials have also shown that fish oil supplements can cause small improvements in the ratio of HDL “good” cholesterol to LDL “bad” cholesterol as well as significantly reduce triglycerides.

 There are also quite a few studies that reveal the heart-protective properties of Omega-3s in the form of oily fish or fish oil supplements. Consumption of Omega-3s has been shown to reduce the likelihood of non-fatal and fatal heart attacks in patients with a history of previous heart attack.

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  1. Good information sharing

    I have an article entitled “Lowering Your Cholesterol With Medications” at my blog which will be useful reading.

    Hope this will help someone in fighting the high triglycerides level


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