Healing Fats & Healing Oils
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Healing fats are oils that contain Essential Fatty Acids. 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 Fats that Heal Fats that Kill I learned 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.
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.
Table of Oils that contain Essential Fatty Acids
Fatty acid composition of seed oils (%).
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! Remember that!
|Linoleic Acid (LA)
|Alpha Linolenic Acid (LNA)
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.
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 w3) deficiency include :
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 life processes."
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.
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