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Fatty Acids – The Truth About What They Are

Posted Sep 19 2013 10:07pm

60% of your brain is made up of fatty acids, yet many people think that all fats are bad. We have increased rates of attention deficit disorder, depression, and other brain disorders. Instead of blaming our evolution, which could not have changed in the last 50 years, let’s look at the typical American diet. The usual American diet comes mostly from unhealthy meats, starches, and other processed foods. The average American pulls only 10 percent of their total calories from fruits and vegetables, and only 5.7 percent from healthy protein like fish and chicken. Additionally, the meats that people are consuming today do not have the same quantity of fatty acids that they once did.

We are a society of chronic conditions: fibromyalgia, arthritis, etc. Most of our society is large consumers of sugar, wheat, and gluten, all of which are pro-inflammatory. This poor diet lacking in proper nutrients contributes to a multitude of illnesses and a decrease in overall body function.

How do we combat that? The number one advice I can give to patients, which they could easily do at home: increase Omega 3 fatty acids. This is very easy and inexpensive. You can either increase the consumption of Omega 3 rich foods or take Omega 3 supplements. Omega-3 can help regulate blood clots, and support cell health. You can find Omega 3s in foods such as walnuts, flax seeds, edamame, tofu, salmon, and grass-fed beef, as well as many more

This can be very confusing for Americans that are reading studies about how Omegas and Omega supplements are not influential and do not present health benefits. It is important to realize that in these studies, the patients were only taking low doses of Omegas. The average American needs at least 2000 mg of Omega 3 fatty acids per day. In order to ensure a high enough dose, it is not as simple as looking at the label on the front of the bottle. Many people look at the mg of fish oil presented on the front label, but they need to look at the back of the bottle to look at the fatty acid content to get the full benefits.

The front of a label may advertise 1000 mg of fish oil in each gelcap, but the nutritional label states that there are actually only 300 mg of Omega 3’s in that same supplement. This means you need to take 6-7 gelcaps to reach your body’s nutritional needs, or else you will not gain the full health benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Increasing your consumption of Omega 3 rich foods, or taking and Omega 3 supplement in the proper dose is an easy way to improve brain function, help chronic pain, and support the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

Dr. Alison Bremner, The Specific Chiropractic Center, Boulder, CO. You can follow Dr. Alison Bremner on .

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