Something Fishy About Fish Oils – Part 2
The term “Parent Essential Oils” (PEO’s) refers to the only two true essential fatty acids: parent omega-6 (LA) and parent omega-3 (ALA). The term “parent” is used because these are the whole, unadulterated form of the only two essential fats your body demands, as they occur in nature. Once PEO’s are consumed, your body changes a small percentage of them –about five percent–into other biochemicals called “derivatives,” while leaving the remaining 95 percent in parent form.
Fish oils are made up almost exclusively of omega-3 derivatives (EPA & DHA). To be clear, your body doesn’t need or want these derivatives, because it makes its own derivatives out of the PEO’s you consume, as it needs them. Taking too much fish oil (or other derivatives) can be very harmful.
Fish oil recommendations are worthless, or even hazardous to your health! Studies have shown that omega-3 derivatives, taken in the doses often recommended by physicians and nutritionists, in particular from fish oil, will significantly decrease a wide range of immune cell responses. Other studies have shown that fish oil is worthless for helping prevent coronary atherosclerosis as well as arterial inflammation.
If the above information wasn’t shocking enough, there is more bad news regarding fish oil supplements. A 1989 study showed that administration of it to people with diabetes caused a worsening of their blood sugar control. Experiments performed between 1988 and 1992 conclusively showed abnormalities in brain tissue resulting from administration of fish oil.
So what is the right thing to take? The latest recommendation is to take a plant-based omega formulation (from various seeds and/or nuts) that contains parent omega-6 and omega-3 PEO’s and few, if any, omega derivatives.
One other thing to clear up is that many physicians and nutritionists claim that supplementing any omega-6 is bad because it will cause an increase in inflammation. Understanding the real biochemistry proves this to be wrong. The function of omega-6 derived prostaglandins (such as arachadonic acid) is to prevent, not cause, inflammation unless it is required by the body to seal a wound. In fact, some of the prostaglandins, and other derivatives of the parent omega-6’s called eicosanoids, are known from medical textbooks to have fast-acting anti-inflammatory and immune-enhancing properties.
So what’s a person to do? The simple answer is to take a teaspoon of organic hemp oil morning and evening. Another way to arrive at the ideal 6/3 ratio is a mixture of 1/3 walnut, 1/3 sunflower, and 1/3 flax oil at the same dosage. There is also a formula available online at www.yessupplements.com.
1. Mori, Trevor, et al, Current Atherosclerosis Reports, 6:461-467, 2004, “Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Inflammation”.
2. Harbige, L, “Fatty Acids, the Immune Response, and Autoimmunity: A Question of omega-6 Essentiality and the Balance Between omega 6 & 3”, Lipids, Vol. 38, no.4(2003).
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