Healing fats are required, together with other nutrients, to prevent and reverse so-called "incurable" degenerative diseases: heart disease, cancer, and Type II diabetes.
Healing fats also help reverse arthritis, obesity, PMS, allergies, asthma, skin conditions, fatigue, yeast and fungal infections, addictions, certain types of mental illness, and many other conditions.
Much of the information found on this Web Page comes from Udo Erasmus' book,
You can lean a lot from that book. Mr. Erasmus is largely responsible for North America's increased awareness of Essential Fatty Acids and is one of the recognized authorities on the subject. Healing fats are oils that contain Essential Fatty Acids.
What Are Essential Fatty Acids?
Word Essential is used in nutritionistic fashion meaning something our body can not produced, we must get it from outside (from food) (like vitamins).
The essential fatty acids are two of the most important of all the essential elements, ranking right up there with protein, as protein and the EFAs work hand-in-hand with each other.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) - are the building bricks of our health:
Omega 3 Alpha Linolenic Acid (LNA) and Omega 6 Linoleic Acid (LA)
The more you are eating saturated fats and simple sugars , the more Essential Fatty Acids you need!
Omega 6 Linoleic Acid (LA) Deficiency Symptoms:
- eczema-like skin eruptions;
- loss of hair;
- liver degeneration;
- behavioral disturbances;
- kidney degenerations;
- excessive water loss through the skin accompanied by thirst;
- drying up of glands;
- susceptibility to infections;
- failure of wound healing;
- sterility in males;
- miscarriage in females;
- arthritis-like conditions;
- heart and circulatory problems ; and
- growth retardation;
Prolonged absence of LA from diet is fatal. All of the deficiency symptoms (except death) can be reversed by adding LA back to the diet from which it was missing.
LA is found in safflower, sunflower, hemp, soybean,walnut, pumpkin, sesame, and flax.
Safflower and sunflower are the richest source of LA.
Omega 3 Alpha Linolenic Acid (LNA) Deficiency Symptoms:
- growth retardation;
- impairment of vision and learning ability;
- motor incoordination;
- tingling sensations in arms and legs;
- behavioral changes;
These symptoms can be reversed by adding LNA back to the diet from which it was missing. Other symptoms that can result from LNA (or Omega 3) deficiency include :
- high triglycerides;
- high blood pressure;
- sticky platelets;
- tissue inflammation;
- dry skin;
- mental deterioration;
- low metabolic rate;
- some kinds of immune dysfunction;
These are not considered 'classic' symptoms of w3 deficiency, but often respond remarkably well to w3 supplementation.
LNA is five times more unstable than LA and modern people consume 10 times less LNA then LA.
LNA is found in flax, hemp seed, canola(rape seed), soybean, walnut and dark-green leaves. Flax seed is the richest source, containing over 50% of its fatty acids as LNA. Chia and kukui (candlenut) oils contains about 30% LNA. Hemp seed oil contains about 20% LNA. Pumpkin seed oil contains between 1% and 15% LNA. Canola oil contains up to 10% LNA and Walnut oil contains between 3% and 11% LNA.
What do EFA accomplish in our systems?
EFA Functions: "...EFAs are involved with producing life energy in our
bodies from food substances, and moving that energy throughout our systems. They govern
growth, vitality, and mental state. They hook up oxygen, electron transport, and energy in
the process of oxidation. Oxidation, the central and most important moment-to-moment
living process in our body, is the `burning' of food to produce the energy required for
FATS - What are the real issues?
A lot has been said about fats, much of it confusing, some of it misleading. You should have a clear, sensible approach to fat consumption in a healthy diet by following these simple guidelines:
- Good balance in diet between LA and LNA fat acids is LA 2 : 1 LNA
- Use only cold pressed nonrefined oils, ( keep refrigerated )and non heated non exposed to the light or air
- No margarine (margarine is made from hydrogenated fats, and refined oils, that why it is hard )
- No Hydrogenated Fat ( HF ) (HF is made from trans fatty acids)
- No Oils from Supermarket , they are heated and refined (EFA are removed) (transparent bottle means that oil will not be harmed by light, and that mean that oil does not have EFA ); If oil is kept in the usual shelves (out of refrigerator) that mean that oil does not have EFA
- The most dangerous fats are typically found in margarine, shortenings, and heated oils.
What is hydrogenated fat?
Hydrogenation is a way of making vegetable oil harden at room temperature. Small particles of nickel or copper are added and the mix is heated to very high temperatures under pressure for up to eight hours while hydrogen gas is injected. This process destroys the essential fatty acids in the oil and replaces them with deformed trans fatty acids. These trans fats formed by hydrogenation are unnatural and as a result the human body is not well-equipped to deal with them. They also compete with essential fatty acids for absorption in the body. This blocks or delays the work of the essential fatty acids, creating deficiencies and imbalance throughout the metabolism, including fatty deposits in the arteries.
The Complete Guide to Fats, Oils, Cholesterol and Human Health
By Udo Erasmus
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) Chemical Formulas
This EFA is called Linoleic Acid (LA) and is poly-unsaturated. LA is an 18 carbon chain fatty acid with two double bonds in the middle and is missing four hydrogen atoms, all on one side. The first double bond occurs after the 6th carbon atom. Because of this, LA is sometimes referred to as the W6 EFA. Because of the four missing hydrogen atoms, LA is even more bent than Oleic Acid, giving it a melting temperature of 23 degrees F (-5C). LA is fairly unstable, reacting with light and oxygen.
This is Alpha Linolenic Acid (LNA). It is an 18 carbon fatty acid with three double bonds at the 3, 6, and 9 carbon positions. LNA is missing 6 hydrogen atoms, again all from one side. Because of the first double bond occurring at the 3rd carbon atom, LNA is sometimes referred to as the W3 EFA. It is sometimes referred to as a super unsaturated fatty acid (SUFA), even though it is also poly-unsaturated. Because LNA is bent more than the others, it has the lowest melting point of the three, 10 degrees F (-12 C). (I have a bottle of it in my freezer and it is still liquid!). LNA is 5 times more unstable than LA and quickly goes rancid if exposed to light or oxygen. It is so unstable, in fact, that when it is pressed from the seeds that possess it, the pressing must be done in the total absence of light and oxygen. It must be handled in this way right through to the packaging stage, then quickly refrigerated or frozen.
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