Fats and your Health

Myths, Misconceptions and Facts

Information for your Health from Nutrition Pure and Simple
 by Marilyn Sidwell - with oversight from John Jones, MD
The answers to these questions plus other facts will help you understand the importance of Fat and Fatty Acids in your life!

Is it true that fats are bad for you?  NO!
In fact, many Health problems arise from the 'Fat is Bad' Dietary Approach.  90% of of the dietary food choices come from Protein, Carbohydrate and Fat.  If we stop eating fats and fatty foods we eliminate many of our food choices.  The food we choose to eat instead is heavily weighted towards carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates (not fat) is increasingly recognized as the MAJOR problem.  The reason carbohydrates are a problem is that the body easily converts them into sugar.

Doesn't Eating Fat Make You Fat?  NO!
Overweight Fat you eat does not convert to fat in the body - it converts to energy, although at a slower rate than carbohydrates and sugar.  In fact, fats are necessary for many metabolic processes in the body.   Fats are also necessary for the body's production of hormones.   If you consider that normal hormone production decreases with age, that decrease is accelerated for people who avoid fats in their diets.

We have really skewed our diets by increasing our carbohydrate intake.  This has led to an increased number of people who are obese or who have Diabetes.  This is one reason that fad diets and exercise programs to lose weight are at the top of the list of popular promotions.

Dr Jones has promoted the Low Carbohydrate lifestyle for many years in his Medical practice.

What kinds of fats should we have in our diets?
Some fats, like coconut oil and olive oil are very beneficial.    Other fats (fatty acids), like fish oil, contribute necessary 'essential' metabolites to the body.   These fatty acids produce prostaglandins, which work at the cellular level to help the body function on a daily basis.   Fish oil is often recommended by doctors for heart conditions and arthritis. 

Do you know that fish oil is also very helpful for Alzheimer's and neurologic problems like Schizophrenia?

What are LC-PUFAs?
Ultra Omega Linic
LC-PUFAs are Long Chain PolyUnsaturated Essential Fatty Acids.  With our product, Ultra Omega-Linic. we have combined two ingredients - Black Currant seed oil and Wild Alaskan Salmon fish oil - to provide you with a very Special and Optimal combination of Long Chain Pre Formed, Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids.   Fish oil contributes the PUFAs EPA and DHA.  Black Currant seed oil adds the PUFA called GLA.   The anti-inflammatory benefits of GLA enhance the effects of Fish Oil - it is not a normal part of fish oil supplements. 

Ultra Omega-Linic has
  • a high level of EPA for body and brain function,
  • DHA for body and brain structure, and
  • GLA for more anti inflammation results.
During pregnancy and lactation, mothers need these Essential Fatty Acids in order to provide them to the baby for the development of its brain and retina.  The baby will take them from the mother, which could lead to problems for her, such as post partum depression.

Is there a difference (as far as the body is concerned) between flax seed oil and fish oil?
Yes!   Flax seed oil, a favorite of vegetarians and those who avoid fish and fish oil supplements, does not provide the body with the essential EPA or DHA or GLA PUFAs.

The full article 'Fats and Fatty Acids: Myths, Misconceptions and Facts'  is a downloadable PDF that includes the EFA Flow chart and a much more detailed discussion.       Fats and Fatty Acids

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Product recommendations are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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