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[MOL] Mega-3 Fatty Acids



Good Day All,

Thought the following dietary information may be of some benefit. we all
try to find the right combination and key to wellness and this message
may be something to ponder to add to our daily wellness nutritional
diet.


mega-3 fatty acids, sometimes called n-3 fatty acids, are
a particular type of fat that has many health
benefits. In other words, this kind of fat in your diet is actually
protective. Several studies have shown that relatively small amounts
of these omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the incidence of
sudden cardiac death by 50 percent or more in both men
and women.
                       
Other studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce
the                       risk of breast cancer in some women, may
reduce the pain and                       inflammation from some types
of arthritis, and may lower                       triglyceride levels.
In contrast, another form of fat called                       omega-6
fatty acids may be harmful.  You don't need very much of the omega-3
fatty acids, and most studies show that more is not better. Only four
grams per day is  enough for most people -- enough to give you the
protective benefits, but not enough to significantly
increase your fat intake. 

                       The omega-3 fatty acids are found in cold,
deep-water fish, like  salmon, mackerel and sardines. However, the fish
that are high in omega-3 fatty acids are also high in fat,
cholesterol and often toxins like mercury, so I think it's better to
take omega-3 fatty acids in the form of supplements. Omega-3 fatty
acids are also found in certain plant-based oils, especially
flax seed oil and, to a lesser degree, in canola oil. (Olive oil has
virtually no omega-3 fatty acids.) The potentially harmful omega-6
fatty acids are  found in many vegetable oils. 

                       Supplements may be derived either from vegetable
oil or fish oil. These come in one-gram capsules and are best
kept refrigerated. According to Dr. Alexander Leaf of
Harvard                       Medical School and the Massachusetts
General Hospital, a                       leading clinician and
researcher in this field, it's best to take                       both
kinds. I recommend two grams per day of fish oil capsules              
and two grams per day of flax seed oil. The flax seed oil is rich in
linolenic acid, which helps suppress the formation of arachidonic acid
(a building
block for  substances that promote heart attacks and
inflammation). The fish oil is rich in a substance called DHA that
directly protects the heart. Some of the linolenic acid in flax
seed oil gets converted to DHA, so if you're a strict
vegetarian, you can just take four grams per day of flax seed oil.

Hope all this information benefits

God Bless All,
marty auslander
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