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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 - Lipoxygenase              enzyme

COX - Cycloxygenase   enzyme

 

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 Consuming  Omega-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

 

EFA (Essential Fatty Acids) Related Links

 EFA Related Links

EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids)

EFAs – FATS of LIFE (Main Page)

        (Omega-3 and 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

 

NSAIDS – Unwanted 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-3 and Omega-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

 

 

 

 

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