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EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids)

EFAs –FATS of LIFE (Main Page)

(Omega-3and Omega-6)

EFAs = HEALTH

Anti-inflammatory EFAs help numerous health problems

EFA Deficiency Symptoms

Omega 6 / Omega 3 Imbalance

EFAs 5 Vital Functions

-(1)Cell Membrane Integrity

-(2)Cellular Energy Production

-(3)Local "Hormones"- affect pain, inflammatory reactions, muscle relaxation/contraction, immune response, nerve impulses, blood pressure, blood clotting, uterine contractions and more

NSAIDSUnwanted affects on “local”hormones

-(4)Systems Support

Blood Sugar
Brain / Nerves
Cancer Control
Cardiovascular
Immunity
Inflammation control
Reproduction
Skin
Kidneys/ Water retention

Vision

Growth and Repair

-(5)Child development

HOW TO GET EFAs

How to get the fats of life

HOW TO GET THE FATS OF LIFE (EFAs) (Omega-3andOmega-6)

–    Vitamins and Minerals for effective use of EFAs Inhibitors of Conversion Enzymes for Omega-3 ALA and Omega-6 LA Fatty Acids

- Damaged / Altered (Toxic)Fats

- The BUDWIG PROTOCOL

Enhance EFA delivery

How to do the BUDWIG PROTOCOL

(incl. Budwig Recipe)

Daily Meal Plan for BUDWIG PROTOCOL - For cancer or other serious health conditions

Eldi Oils in the BUDWIG PROTOCOL

Omega-3 ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid)

–   ALA Sources

Flax Seed

Chia Seed

Hemp Seed

- Omega-3 ALA -▲  Omega-3 EPA/DHA

Inhibitors to ALA Conversion

- Enhance Omega-3 ALA conversion to EPA/DHA

Omega-3 EPA/DHA

–   EPA / DHA Sources

Neptune Krill Oil (NKO)

(BEST CHOICE)

Cod Liver Oil

(Low-heat processed)

Fish

- Choosing a Marine Oil Supplement

(Fish oil not recommended)

Omega-6 GLA

–    GLA Sources

Borage, Blackcurrant and Evening Primrose Oils - For Omega-6 DGLA

Essential Fatty Acids ( EFAs Omega-3 Omega-6 ) for Health

EFAs –“The Fats of Life”

The Essential Fatty Acids Omega-6 LA, Omega-3 ALA + all their derivatives

EFAs →Health

EFA deficiencies cause many health problems

EFAs → Health

THE EFA FATTY ACIDS Of special interesT

Omega-3 fat family - Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexenoic Acid (DHA) (directly available in marine oil, or converted by enzymes in the body from Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) in such as walnuts or flax, hemp or chia seed oils)

Omega-6 fat family - Dihomo Gamma-Linolenic Acid (DGLA) (directly available in breast milk, or converted by enzymes in the body from Gamma-linolenic Acid (GLA) in evening primrose, borage or blackcurrant seed oils, or Linoleic Acid (LA) in nuts, seeds and vegetable oils)

CHART of EFA CONVERSIONS

(Also showS Conversions TO PROSTAGLANDINS and LEUKOTRIENES)

OMEGA-6 FAMILY

OMEGA-3 FAMILY

LA (Linoleic Acid -18:2w6)

In Nut & Seed oils, Spirulina, wheatgerm and Legumes

ALA (α-Linolenic Acid - 18:2w3)

In Flaxseed, Chia seed, Walnut & Hemp Oil

Converted by and competing for D6D enzyme

(Requires B6, Magnesium, Zinc)

GLA (Gamma-linolenic Acid –18:3w6)

In Blackcurrant and Evening Primrose Oil

SDA (18:4w3)

In Blackcurrant and other wild seed oils

Elongase

DGLA (20:3w6):

In Mothers Milk

Eicosatetraenoic Acid

(Preferred Pathway)

(D5D Prefers this Pathway)

COX 1 : 1

Converted by and Competing for D5D enzyme

(Requires Vitamin C, Niacin (B3), Zinc)

POSITIVE

Series 1

Prostaglandins

(PG-1)

AA (Arachidonic Acid - 20:4w6 )

In Meat, Dairy,

Eggs

EPA (20:5w3)

EPA (and DHA) found in:

Fish Oil. Grass-fed animals/poultry, land animals'brains, testes, adrenals, eyeballs. Brown/red algae

LOX

COX

COX

LOX


Elongase

D4D

LOX - Lipoxygenaseenzyme

COX - Cycloxygenaseenzyme

INFLAMMATORY

Series 4

Leukotrienes

(LK-4)

NEGATIVE

Series 2

Prostaglandins

(PG-2)

POSITIVE

Series 3

Prostaglandins

(PG-3)

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Series 5

Leukotrienes

(LK-5)

DHA (22:6w3)

Most

important for brain and nerve function

What's the Big Deal about EFAs?

Rather than list all that EFAs do, it may have been easier to mention what they don't do! -However, to give an idea, here's just a few of the many functions of EFAs . . .

Keep cells slippery so they don't stick together (i.e. clot)

Control inflammation

Activate bile flow for fat digestion

Raw materials for estrogen, testosterone, other hormones

Precursor for mood hormone serotonin

Carry fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) in bloodstream

Slow carbohydrate absorption (balancing blood sugar levels)

Keep cell walls fluid (controls traffic in and out of cells)

 

EFAs reduce the risk of:

Cancer

Heart Disease

Allergies

Eczema

Arthritis

Depression

Fatigue

Infections

PMS

“Research says if you increase omega-3's in the diet, you improve every major degenerative condition of our time.”

-Udo Erasmus PhD

(Dr. Udo Erasmus wrote the book on fats: “Fats that heal, Fats that kill”)

Some Health Benefits of ConsumingOmega-3 fats

Lowers cardiovascular risk factors

Inhibits cancer growth and metastasis

Increases insulin sensitivity

Decreases inflammation/joint pain

Improves bone mineral metabolism

Raises energy levels, stamina performance

Improves concentration, learning, calmness, behavior and IQ

Speeds wound healing from injury, physical exertion, surgery

Dampens symptoms of auto-immune diseases

Aids weight management - Increasing fat burning, decreasing fat production, and increasing fat burn-off as heat (thermogenesis)

EFA Deficiencies Cause Many Health Problems

Here are just a few examples:

Problems associated with Omega-3 EPA/DHA Deficiency

Fatigue

Skin problems

Weak immune system

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sterility

Asthma

Migraine

Gastro-Intestinal Disorders

Heart and Circulatory problems

Depression

Schizophrenia

ADHD

Learning disorders

Vision impairment

Motor in-coordination

Growth retardation

Behavioral changes

Problems associated with Omega-6 DGLA Deficiency

GLA /DGLA Decreases During Illness

Skin problems

Weak Nails

Hair loss

PMS

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Behavioral changes

M.S.

Diabetes

Sjogren's Syndrome (Dry eyes/mouth)

Excessive thirst

Weak Immune System

Impaired glandular function

Miscarriage

Viral Infection

Kidney/liver Degeneration

Impotence

Poor circulation

Slow growth/wound healing

Cradle Cap

Allergies

Reduced sperm motility

CFS

For specific symptoms of EFA deficiency, see chart at:

EFA Deficiency Symptoms

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