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Enhance body's omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) conversion to DHA and EPA

Enhance ALA Conversion to EPA/DHA

REMOVE INHIBITORS – if possible:

PHYTOESTROGENS –ALA conversion in women is higher than in men, and one conversion study showed that women on birth-control pills (containing estrogen) had better conversion rates, suggesting that estrogen is a contributing factor. Pregnant or breast-feeding women need to produce enough DHA to supply not only their brain, but also the brain of a developing fetus or breast-feeding child. Men have only their brain to feed. Estrogen levels are higher during the child-bearing years. It is interesting that flax seed (not oil) contains lignans, which when taken in amounts over a certain threshold, increase estrogen levels after menopause. Amounts under this threshold (E.g. 2-3 Tbsp. ground flax/day) have the opposite effect and actually reduce estrogen activity as the phytoestrogenic lignans compete for estrogen receptors but have a weaker effect than estrogen.

 

HIGH RATIO Omega 3: Omega 6 intake

 

Phytosterols – plant-derived compounds similar in structure/function to cholesterol, which inhibit intestinal absorption of cholesterol. (Minimum 0.8g of plant sterols lowers serum cholesterol). Foods rich in phytosterols include unrefined vegetable oils, whole grains, nuts, and legumes.

 

Omega 6 GLA presence – found in such as borage, blackcurrant and evening primrose oils.

 

High ratio Protein:Carbohydrate intake

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