There are good oils and there are bad oils!
Q: Are there any oils I should avoid totally?
YES: The worst type of oil is an ingredient in packaged foods including some stick margarines, baked goods, chips, crackers and candy. I’m talking about partially hydrogenated oils—or trans fats, which is how they’re listed on Nutrition Facts panels on labels. Partially hydrogenated oil is vegetable oil that has been chemically altered so it’s less likely to spoil. Food manufacturers often add it to their products because it can help foods stay fresh longer.
But even in very small amounts, partially hydrogenated oil can wreak havoc on your heart health. It lowers levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol and raises LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and it even increases your risk for diabetes. The American Heart Association recommends that no more than 1% of your total daily calories come from trans fat. This translates to less than 2 grams for women, who typically need fewer than 2,000 calories per day. If a food contains trans fat, it’ll be listed below Saturated Fat in the “Total Fat” column.
However, there are still the what we call ‘good oils.’ Studies shows that daily ingestion of a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids called OMEGA provides great health benefits, principally to the cardiovascular system. It helps prevents cardiac and circulatory problems like arterioschlerosis, high blood pressure, heart attacks and embolism.
OMEGA 3 (Linolenic Acid) is an 18 carbon long polyunsaturated fatty acid with three double bonds which can be converted into Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA).
These fatty acids lowers blood pressure and reduce the tendency for blood platelets to stick together and form blood clots, minimizing the risk for heart attacks and stroke.
They lower the rate at which the liver manufactures triglycerides, a major component of Very Low Density Lipoprotein (VLDL) or otherwise known as the killer “BAD CHOLESTEROL”.
Omega 3 also repairs the damage due to a lack of oxygen in body tissues.
Omega 3 (EPA and DHA) is found mainly in fish oils. The richest fish sources are found in Herring, Sardines, mackarel (spanish,atlantic and pacific) and salmons.
OMEGA 9 (Oleic Acid) or OLIVE OIL is a monounsaturated oil proven effective in the reduction of cholesterol. Olive oil contains a wide variety of valuable antioxidants that are not found in other oils such as Hydroxytyrosol. Olive oil has a protective effect against certain malignant tumors in the breast, prostate and digestive tract. Research has revealed that the type rather than the quantity of fat seems to have more implications for cancer incidence. It is also notable that a higher proportion of monounsaturated fat in the diet is believed to reduced the risk of having coronary heart disease.
The combined effects of these two fatty acids (Omega oils) gives us many beneficial health benefits like:
- Lowers the Cholesterol in blood. (prevents cardiovascular problems)
- Prevents fat deposits on arterial walls.
- Lowers the level of triglycerides in blood. (prevents obesity and strokes)
- Lowers the risk of thrombosis.
- Normalizes blood pressure.
- Slows the advance of multiple schlerosis.
- Slows the growth of cancer tumors.
- Prevents the development of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Helps combat skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema.
- Over-all good health. Better eyesight and healthy skin.
How to get the right amount of these fatty acids in the diet?
The average diet cannot provide the right amount of Omega 3 and 9 unless one consumes large quantities of fish and leafy greens everyday.
Did you know that Tuna canned in oil (180g) only gives you .3mg of Omega 3? While a Tuna canned in plain water of the same weight gives you about .5mg of Omega 3?
However, to get the most out of Omega 3, you need at least 1,000mg a day in your daily diet – can you imagine how many canned tuna you’ll have to consume daily to give your body that protective layer from aging, heart diseases and cancer? How much would it cost?
That is why, Omega 3 and Omega 9 food supplements are very much needed in the diet – and here’s this site’s recommendation. Forever Living Products’ ARCTIC SEA is one of the most unique, most effective and widely used Omega supplements in the world today. It combines mercury-free, pharmaceutical-grade Omega 3, 9 and Vitamin E in one safe gelatin-based soft gel (no other brand has these combination). One soft gel gives you 375mg of Omega 3 and 150mg of Omega 9 (only three soft gels a day gives you the right amount of fatty acids to keep you healthy and well.)
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