New dietary trends include fat in your diet. This is old news indeed, but seems to have been forgotten! The good fats (including omega 7) help burn fat and help with weight loss and overall health. In addition they enhance brain function and cardiovascular health and have numerous other benefits with regard to fat metabolism.
GOOD FATS ARE GOOD FOR YOU, INCLUDING OMEGA 7 FATTY ACIDS
It has long been suggested to supplement with omega 3 fatty acids such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) for their numerous benefits. Omega 7 is abundantly found in coconut oil and palm oil, and other dietary sources as well.
Fats occur in the following groups:
- Supersaturated/Omega-3-fatty acids
Alpha-linolenic acid occurs in flax, hemp seed, canola, soy bean, walnut, and dark green leaves Stearidonic acid occurs in black currant seeds Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) occurs in fish, nuts, and lamb
- Polyunsaturated/Omega-6-fatty acids
Linoleic acid occurs in safflower, sunflower, hemp, soybean, walnut, pumpkin, sesame, and flax oil Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) occurs in borage oil, black current seed, and evening primrose oil Dihumogamma-linolenic acid (DGLA) occurs in mother’s milk Arachidonic acid occurs in meats and animal products.
- Monounsaturated/Omega-9-fatty acids
Oleic acid occurs in olive, almond, avocado, peanut, pecan, cashew, filbert, macadamia oils, butter, and animal fat Monounsaturated/Omega-7-fatty acid Palmitoleic acid occurs in coconut and palm oil.
- Saturated fatty acids
Stearic acid occurs in beef, mutton, pork, butter, and cocoa butter Palmitic acid occurs in coconut, palm, and palm kernel Butyric acid occurs in butter Arachidic acid occurs in peanuts
Functions of fatty acids include :
- Provide structural support for the outer walls or membranes of the body’s cells
- Involved in cell to cell communication
- Helps with substance in the cells to pass into the blood
- Decreases inflammation
- Lowers triglycerides
- Raises HDL, (good) cholesterol
- Decreased blood pressure
- Enhances insulin action
- Needed for normal development and function of your brain, eyes, inner ear, adrenal glands, and reproductive tract
- Reduces PMS symptoms
- Help convert the nutrients from foods into usable forms of energy
- Make it possible for nutrients to pass from the blood through the cell walls
- Used to manufacture red blood cells
- Dilates or constricts blood vessels in the stomach, intestines, uterus, and bronchial tree
- Makes blood less sticky
- Decreases arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythm)
- May decrease homocysteine levels
- Helps protect against oxidation and ischemic heart disease
- Needed to make prostaglandins I and III which decrease in¬flammation, increase immune function, and decrease menstrual cramps
- Important for mitochondrial function (energy producing parts of your cells)
The following are clinical manifestations of essential fatty acid deficiency:
- Age-related memory de¬clines
- Bumps on back of arms
- Decreased memory and mental abilities
- Dry hair, dandruff
- Fatty infiltration of the liver
- Heart disease
- Increased cholesterol
- Mood swings
- Reduced vision
- Sterility in men
- Tingling or numbness of your arms or legs (neuropa¬thy)
- Brittle nails, graying with horizontal splitting
- Cracking skin at finger tips
- Dry, scaly skin/dermatitis
- Hair Loss
- Impaired immune response
- Psychological disturbances
- Slow wound healing
- Thirst, excess urination
There are two essential fats that your body cannot make by itself and you have to ingest them.
They are linoleic acid (omega 6 fatty acid) and linolenic acid (omega 3 fatty acid). Neither of these groups of fatty acids can be made by your body and therefore must be eaten or taken as a supplement
Your body requires omega-6-fatty acids to maintain your health. However if you intake too many of them you cause inflammation by producing prostaglandins that go down an inflammatory pathway instead of an anti-inflammatory pathway. Our standard diet is very low in omega-3-fatty acids and very high in omega-6-fatty acids. It is best to intake three to six parts of omega-6 fatty acids to one part omega-3¬fatty acids instead of what most of us eat which is between 10:1 to 25:1.
Your body requires zinc, magnesium, niacin, vitamin C, vitamin A, biotin, B vitamins, and other nutrients to convert fatty acids.
Nutritional research suggests that omega-7s hold promise for cardiovascular and brain health as well as better fat metabolism in general.
One of the best known omega-7s is palmitoleic acid, or its ester form palmitoleate. In its cis-isomer form, it is a monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA).
Common food sources of omega 7 include :
Dietary Source Palmitoleic Acid (g/100 g of Fatty Acids)
- Macadamia nut oil 17.3%
- Cod liver oil 7.1%
- Salmon 6.0%
- Olive oil 1.4%
- Eggs 0.3%
- Soybean oil 0.08%
Only recently has palmitoleic acid been identified as having a major role in protection from cardiovascular disease. Omega 7 also helps with cell membrane health in the form of phospholipid synthesis. Palmitoleic acid can be produced in the human body and then used to make triglycerides.
Numerous studies show that omega 7’s are good for our lipid profile and cardiovascular health :
SynerChi Organics – Omegas in Hemp Foods, by Kiara & Ethan Ducasse
Omegas are the essential fatty acids that our bodies need to function optimally, both mentally and physically throughout our stressful days. This is why we recommend using hemp foods as these have a perfectly balanced ratio of omegas 3, 6 & 9 in a 3:1:1 ratio. Omega 3 is a polyunsaturated fat and has incredible benefits which exceed those of any other fats. Some of the health benefits of Omegas are:
- Protects memory, brain and nervous system performance
- Reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke
- An anti-inflammatory that eases arthritis, joint pain and improves skin conditions
- Promotes a healthy pregnancy
- Reduces and fights the symptoms of depression and improves emotional health
- Promotes weight loss
Omegas function in our brain & nervous system!
Omegas successfully reduce inflammation and rebuilds healthy brain and nervous system tissue. A high-quality plant-based omega source is something that comes highly recommended for our overall health of our bodily functions.
When your omega intake is inadequate, your nerve cells become stiff and more prone to inflammation. Once your nerve cells become rigid and inflamed proper neurotransmission (communication) between our cells become erratic and compromised. Omegas improve your mood and memory, giving you protection against brain disorders ranging from depression to dementia, and also assist the heart in staying healthy and clean from cholesterol. Omegas lower your risk and treat some major chronic illnesses including heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.
It was found that a quality nutritional omega oil blend with the correct 2:1:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 (EFAs) and omega-9 at the rate of 15ml per 25kg of bodyweight per day will:
- Enhance stamina by 40 – 60%
- Improves muscular development (anabolic)
- Quicker recovery from fatigue
- Speed healing of injuries
- Improves our concentration, skin conditions, cardiovascular functions, quality of sleep, and lowers insulin requirements in people with type 1 diabetes.
The formation of eicosanoids – molecules which exert control over bodily systems such as immunity and inflammation act as a molecular messenger in the central nervous system. Prostaglandins are of the most importance to muscle growth. They increase sensitivity to insulin, help to maintain normal levels of primary testosterone enhance the male androgen hormone, increases the body’s secretion of growth hormone, and an increase in the synthesis of protein to further build muscle cells.
Omegas role in weight loss!
Belly fat in particular is especially dangerous and is considered to be more predictive of poor health than body mass index (BMI). Low omega-3 fatty acids also play a role in the accumulation of belly fat. In fact, higher omega-3 fatty acid levels may reduce belly fat by decreasing fat cell size. These results suggest that dietary management with omega-3 fatty acids may represent an important way to better manage BMI and belly fat.
Adding omega fatty acids to our lifestyle can improve the body’s composition by combining plant based nutrients with a calorie restricted, active lifestyle to accelerate our weight loss process. This is where hemp comes in as it is low in carbohydrates and has a seemingly suppressive “placebo” effect on our appetites by providing our bodies with the correct nutrients which leads to the consumption of fewer calories, fat and sugars.
- Omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA lower your insulin levels and any extra calories you eat are burned off for energy, instead of being stored for later use (as body fat)
- All omega 3 sources are anti-lipogenic (prevents blockages of fat storage in your body) and increase your metabolic rate, so you burn body fat faster
- Omega 3 oils lower the cortisol levels, a stress-related hormone that causes you to store rather than burn off extra calories
- Omega 3 fatty acids are proven to improve the blood flow to muscles during exercising, thus increasing your body’s ability to burn more fat
- Eating foods rich in omega 3 or using them as supplements normalizes our blood sugar levels and as a result, you have more energy and drive to exercise
Omega three fatty acids improve your liver’s ability to burn fat, process toxins and keep the blood system clean and healthy
Omegas and our gut health!
Dietary fats impact gut bacteria, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and omega-6 (PUFAs). The omega-3 EPA and DHA found in hemp seed oil, hemp hearts and other proteins reduces inflammation in the gastric system and increase the benefit of microorganisms to protect against gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. These findings were presented at the 11th Congress of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) in Stockholm 1 July, 2014.
Dietary choices and certain microorganisms in the GI tract can contribute to the prevention or development of inflammatory bowel disease, colitis (inflammation of the colon) and Crohn’s disease. PUFAs in particular affect microbes living in the intestine known as “gut microbiota.”
- Assists in digestive system function
- Lowers blood pressure & cholesterol
- Increases metabolic rate
- Reduction in cravings of unhealthy foods
- Naturally containing CLA & GLA
- Enhances our GI health
More frequently we are getting positive feedback about the quality hemp foods bring to our daily lifestyles amplifying, protecting and strengthening our immune system and bodies.
Hemp foods are one of the worlds’ most concentrated and balanced sources of proteins, enzymes, essential fatty acids and vitamins found in our food source.
The broad function of Hemp Hearts is of unsurpassed promotion of longevity and health within the human body. This fascinating seed promotes vigorous cellular development, lowering the risk of intestinal diseases, likely reducing the risk of colon cancer.
How much fat is too much fat?
Many factors come into play in this tricky question and age, weight, lifestyle habits and your health. According to research done by the USDA an individual should:
- Avoid trans-fats, or keep to only 1 % of your 2000 calories or 2 grams. These fats become deformed during a process called hydrogenation, making the oil more stable reducing any spoil. Good for manufacturers, certainly not good for you. This may lead to many heart problems and possibly cancer.
One very important aspect to understand about these fats is that good fats can become bad fats if they are exposed to high temperatures, light, oxygen which will damage these fats. These types of fats should be refrigerated to protect the nutritional values. When using these fats in cooking, be sure not to overheat the oils as some of them may become carcinogenic.
Finding your true balance!
In ending, we find that we should focus on incorporating the right omegas into our diets, eliminating trans fats and minimising saturated fats. Omegas are highly important for the optimal function of your mental and physical performance, assisting in faster recovery, better sleep and quality of life.
May this information inspire you to take better care of your temple, further expand your knowledge, and share valuable information with your loved ones.
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