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Recently there has been information / news on Omega3 oils- essential fatty acids (Fish oil mainly). It is frustrating and quite amazing how the press are always so keen on taking a negative piece of information that they can sensationalise and scare people with so very littleFish oil caps.jp truth in it. In fact fish oil capsules did not even appear or were even tested in the study that attacked supplements.

I do suggest reading the report that Alliance for Natural health have published


Guide to Good Fats

Contrary to what the government would have you believe: Fats are good for you. Much better for you than excess carbohydrates. If you eat the natural fats in good foods this fills you up, satisfies hunger and cravings more readily. I am not advocating that you eat blocks of fat. Choose your fats wisely, eat in moderation and with other appropriate foods.

Adding olive oil to your sandwich/baguette instead of butter (or even worse a processed vegetable spread) is just unheard of and yet it is delicious and healthy. My kids prefer it to butter, they like the olive oil dripping on their plate so they can dip their last bits of crusts in.

  • Fats are concentrated source of energy.
  • Carries and transports the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
  • Helps the body use protein and carbohydrates more efficiently.
  • A component of every cell wall.
  • Deposits of fat in the body serve to support and cushion vital organs, and to provide insulation.
  • The body’s chief storage form for energy and work.
  • Carries the compounds that give foods their aroma and flavor.
  • Cholesterol is vital for making hormones and Vitamin D (which actually is a hormone named wrongly)
  • Can determine the amount of inflammation there is in the body.

The following fats are ALL vital for good health – but lets get this straight:

  • 1. Omega3 is lacking or in too small amounts in most people’s diet – the ratio should be much higher than all other fats. So high quality oily fish, fish oil and flax oil should be increased.
  • 2. Don’t supplement with Omega6 oils, use these oils stated below in your diet and only supplement Omega3 oils as well as have in diet. The recommended ratio is best consumed in a ratio of about 3:1  – three omega 6 for one Omega3 or more.
  • 3. Consuming too much fat – even healthy fats can be aging and puts pressure on digestion – you must consume large amounts of antioxidant foods with these fats as even the good fats will oxidize in the body, taking an antioxidant supplement is a good idea with any fats in the diet.
  • Consuming high levels of oily fish increases your toxic load of heavy metals. You should avoid overeating tuna (eat once a month or less) due to mercury content and other heavy metals, and choose smaller fresh fish like sardines, small mackerel and other types.

To keep fats safe in the body – consume high amounts of antioxidant foods, fresh vegetables and fruits, and even consider taking Vitamin E and Vitamin C Antioxidant supplements. Omega3 oils and Vitamin E thin the blood helping to keep it healthy, however you should consult your doctor if you are taking blood thinning medications before taking these.

Keep Fish oil and flax oil liquid or capsules in the fridge and consume within the advised time.

There are 3 main pathways for inflammation, and all of these use fats. The pathway supported by Omega3 is the only anti-inflammatory pathway, all the others support inflammation. It is vital to get the ratios higher on the side of Omega3. This can have a huge effect in conditions like Eczema, Arthritis and other immune dysfunction conditions.

Healthy Fats

Monounsaturated Fatty Acids:

Olive Oil, sesame oil, avocado, almonds, olives, sesame seeds, tahini paste. Decrease total blood cholesterol but maintain your HDL (healthy)

Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids:

Safflower, soybean, walnuts, pumpkin, sunflower seeds. Decreases total blood cholesterol by lowering both LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

Highly polyunsaturated, found in high quantities in oily fish, such as mackerel, salmon, herring and sardines. Other sources are from flaxseeds, walnuts, Can help cancer, cardiovascular disease, immune function, brain health and arthritis.

Omega-6 Fatty Acids:
Safflower oil, corn oil, Evening Primrose oil, sunflower oil, Hemp oil, walnut oil, sesame oil, eggs from free-range chickens. almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.

Health benefits of omega 6 (if taken in the right ratio to omega 3):

  • Reduces the aches and pains of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Relieves the discomforts of PMS, endometriosis, and fibrocystic breasts
  • Reduces the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis
  • Clears up acne and rosacea
  • Prevents and improves diabetic neuropathy
  • Aids in cancer treatment

Further reading:

Fats that Heal and Fat that Kill – By Udo Erasamus

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Whilst driving today, I found myself listening to the news and to the major talk shows. The subject that dominated was Aspirin and how the latest research is more or less calling it a wonder drug and implying that it protects from heart disease, stroke, certain cancers amongst other things.
I was amazed that in not one single report did the news team talk about the natural foods and supplements that do exactly the same as a low dose of aspirin without the side effects.

The plus for Aspirin is that it does help thin the blood due to the reduction of the sticky platelets , and can help the blood to not clot where you really don’t want it to, as in coronary artery disease. The research apparently shows that it also can help stop certain cancers from spreading around the body.

I am not disputing this, I am no expert in pharmaceuticals, however I do know that one of the side effects from taking Aspirin, which is a NSAID (Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) is to reduce the protective lining of the gut by interfering with the pathways that produce the protective lining in the gut wall.  This is where the long-term damage to health is caused. The problems of leaky gut and sensitive gut lining are so far-reaching they can lead to digestive problems in the future, which in turn can have a huge effect on general health.

If you are healthy and you want to protect your health, it is much simpler and safer and far more nourishing to take fish oil, or flax oil, Vitamin E, ginger and garlic and herbs like cinnamon and turmeric. These all act on the blood keeping it naturally thinned and they support many other aspects of health. Cutting toxic foods out of the diet can also help to keep blood healthy – all as a preventative.

So before anyone reaches for that pack of pharmaceutical drugs because you are worried about the future of your health, give some thought to the natural and far healthier way to keep the blood healthy.

Please note the above does not replace medical advise given by your doctor, if you are worried about your health you should contact your health care provider. Be aware that if you take all the natural therapies AND blood thinning medications you can thin the blood too much and this can be dangerous, it is best to consult a nutritional therapist or doctor if you have any concerns.

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