Essential Fatty Acids ( EFA's )

Healthy hormone production including the production of thyroid hormones depends on EFA's. You've probably heard about these nutrients; fish oil, flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil.

 

In our diets, EFA's can be found in cold water fish and in many raw, unprocessed nuts and seeds. EFA's not only contribute nutrients for hormones but also for proper cellular communication, brain function and much more.

 

The ideal ratio between Omega 6 and Omega 3 fats in EFA's is estimated to be from 3 to 1 up to 5 to 1. In the average American diet or S.A.D. (Standard American Diet), the ratio is more like 25 to 1, thans to junk food diets that are loaded with vegetable oil. You need to take a well-rounded, fish-oil-based, high potency EFA supplement if you intend to be healthy.

 

If you're insulin-resistant, it causes a condition in which the body cannot properly metabolize the EFA's in flax, evening primrose or black currant seed oils. This is why fish oil is the predominant recommendation. Essential Fatty Acid deficiencies are so common in the United States it's estimated that up to 80% of the population failed to get enough essential fatty acids each day thanks to our Standard American Diet (SAD).

 

It's because our diet is filled with junk: high fat, high salt, high sugar or high refined sugar. "I had a patient come in one time, and she was drinking 12 cans of Mountain Dew a day and I told her if she wanted to become my patient she would need to stop drinking the diet Mountain Dew immediately. She did and went through withdrawal symptoms for a week."

-Dr. Paul White

Food for thought: Five things to eat for cognitive health

Memory loss is a common part of aging. Eating the right foods, however, can keep your cognitive health in good shape and help prevent forgetfulness. Try incorporating these 5 ingredients into your next meals to boost your brain. 

1. Avocado

Creamy, rich and versatile, this delicious fruit is full of brain-healthy antioxidants vitamins E and C, according to Health magazine. Whip up some guacamole or try replacing the butter on your toast with thinly sliced avocado. Your mind – and your taste buds – will thank you. 

2. Blackberries 
According to Cooking Light magazine, blackberries promote healthy communication in your brain – something you need as you age. This sweet and juicy berry contains polyphenols, which work to reduce inflammation and promote connections in your brain that make it easier for you to retain information. 
3. Peanut butter 
Now you have an excuse to eat this creamy treat straight from the jar. Health magazine reported that peanut butter is high in vitamin E and healthy fat, both important elements for keeping your brain operating at a high level. If you don't like peanuts, almonds and hazelnuts offer similar benefits, noted the source.
4. Coffee
Don't think twice before you brew that morning cup of joe – you're not only waking yourself up, you're giving your brain a boost. According to Cooking Light, the antioxidants and caffeine in coffee work to improve cognitive health. The source noted that a study done in Finland found that drinking multiple cups of coffee every day in your 40s and 50s can reduce your risk of severe memory loss by as much as 65 percent. 
5. Oily fish 
Fish like salmon and mackerel contain beneficial ingredients like docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and omega-3 fatty acids. According to Health magazine, these are compounds that not only increase brain function, but contribute to your overall health as well. 
Omega-3s can also be consumed through leafy green vegetables, whole grains, and supplements such as Omax3. Today's premium omega-3 supplement, Omax3 is ideal for maximum human performance. At 91 percent concentrated omega-3, it is the best choice to support your cognitive health.

Essential takeaways

  • Eating right is an important part of preventing severe memory loss.

  • Incorporate avocados, blackberries, peanut butter, coffee and oily fish into your diet for the variety of benefits they have, such as vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. 

  • You can also get your omega-3 fatty acids through the premium supplement Omax3.

      Dr. Steve Alukonis DC, DABCO    

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