Essential Fatty Acids… and they are (essential!)
THEY’RE REFERRED to as “essential” because they’re necessary for health. There are several important benefits said to accrue from essential fatty acids, such as reduction of inflammation, cardiovascular health, and mood improvement.
I got a chuckle from a study done with London cabbies. A group of them had their stress levels tested before and after ingesting fish oil for 12 weeks. Fish oil is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, one of the “essential” fatty acids.
I saw the cabbie story on TV. Actors pretending to be customers intentionally criticized and berated the cabbies in this study before and after the cabbies ingested fish oil over some relatively short period of time. The researchers then examined differences in the cabbies’ reactions as they consumed these fatty acids.
It was obvious, and funny to the observer in TV land, that the cabbies were much more relaxed dealing with the “irate” actor-customers after taking the fish oil. As a group, their stress hormone was down by 22%, and their anti-stress hormone went up by 12%.
So, fat can be good, if it comes from the right source.
Neptune Krill Oil, NKO This form of omega-3 is absorbed faster and more efficiently than that typically found in fish oil. Neptune Krill Oil supports heart health and cell membrane integrity.
CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a free fatty acid derived from safflower oil related to the omega-6 fatty acids. It’s also a fatty acid with weight management and immune enhancing benefits. Since I get plenty of omega-6 from cooking with cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil, I only take CLA when I’d like to cut some fat off my body in combination with augmenting my exercise regime.
Cod Liver Oil, Lemon Flavored by Carlson It ain’t pretty but it’s righteous, and part of my daily supplementation. I don’t mine the taste, but if this tastes bad to you, after swallowing immediately drink a few gulps of a beverage you like.
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Just as with the descriptive statements made at the various company sites that manufacture and/or sell the supplement products presented in this blog, none, or nearly none, of the potential benefits stated here have been evaluated by the FDA. Likewise none, or nearly none, of the products here can be represented to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Before engaging a supplement program, it always makes sense to get the advice of your health practitioner.