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Posts Tagged ‘essential fats’

Are You Getting Enough Omega 3 EPA & DHA from Nuts & Seeds?

A Vegan / Vegetarian diet is a conscious diet. One that celebrates healthy food and sustainability.

This blog is written in response to many posts written on Vegan & Vegetarian Groups regarding some foods. Whilst being described as vegan, and therefore appealing, they not have much, if any nutritional content.

Rather, processed ingredients and chemicals which do not include meat by-products. Unfortunately, whilst these products can technically be advertised as vegan, they will not necessarily nutritionally support a healthy diet.

A big observation with a vegan/ vegetarian lifestyle is that one of the most ESSENTIAL ingredients we all MUST have for good health is Omega 3, and it is just not being met!

This is because the misnomer is that there is enough Omega 3 in nuts, seeds and a plant-based diet. However, for all the nuts and seeds such as Chia and Flax which do contain omega 3 – they conversely do NOT have enough absorb-able EPA & DHA required for optimum health.

Hence (UK) government guidelines suggest eating 3 portions of oily fish a week in order to receive the required amounts of EPA & DHA to reduce the risk of disease.

EFSA, (European Food Standards Agency) have officially stated that Omega 3 reduces the risk of Heart Disease. Here is a link to their statement on the health benefits of taking Omega 3, EPA & DHA. https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/120727

As a vegan, the concept of harming and eating fish is abhorrent to consider. But there are algae alternatives that do carry the required amounts of EPA & DHA. After all, the fish derive it from algae!

nuIQue was one of the first producers of Algae Derived Vegan Omega 3. The Algal Oil is contained in a gold standard vegetarian capsule, and contains enough levels of pure, concentrate EPA and DHA to support you in your good health. http://www.nuique.com/omega3/

So, for any vegan/ vegetarian folk who are sensing or noticing that their health is not tip top – please at least try adding this essential nutrient Omega 3 into your diet – vegan style with an Algae Oil.

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New Study, Research Links Weight Loss + Omega 3

Weight Loss With Omega 3

Weight Loss and Omega 3

Two new studies reveal interesting research that suggests that Omega 3 fats play an important part in both avoiding weight gain in obese patients but also in helping with short term weight loss too.

Dietary linoleic acid elevates endogenous 2-AG and anandamide and induces obesity by Alvheim et al National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES), Bergen, Norway ,? National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA? Department of Bio-medicine, University of Bergen, Norway published in Obesity (Silver Spring). 2012 Feb 15

London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston said? “The Norwegian study looked at endocannabinoid function, that affects mood and appetite and explored the idea that an imbalance of Omega 6 and Omega 3 affects this system, boosting hunger. Unfortunately this study was on mice so human trials are needed to prove this hypothesis and their claim that ‘the adipogenic effect of LA can be prevented by consuming sufficient EPA and DHA to reduce the AA -phospholipid pool and normalize endocannabinoid tone’ ”

“However is not rocket science and in clinic I frequently witness a body’s apparent response to a lack of particular nutrients and seemingly crisis manage the situation by releasing hormones to encourage over eating causing weight gain”

“The idea of? ‘eat fat to lose fat’ is not a new one as has been championed my manufacturers and suppliers of flax seed and? flax seed oil for many years.”

“However vegetarian / vegan algae Omega 3 EPA and DHA is a much more reliable way of re-balancing an imbalance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 as the fats are pre-converted and thus less affected by depleted stores of synergistic vitamins and minerals to process the fats and confounding factors such as mental and physical stress.”

“The other study published in British Journal of Nutrition in January showed that in a double-blind, randomized study of two diets, the group that ate a diet that featured fish oil enjoyed a greater fat loss than the placebo group. This adds further weight to the argument that a diet richer in Omega 3 aids successful weight management protocol.

Once again algae Omega 3 seems a superior logical choice as standard fish oil is typically over 70% NOT Omega 3 fats and also risks contamination with mercury and PCBs which is likely to hinder weight loss.”

NuIQue is a supplier of high quality, high purity, sustainable algae Omega 3 alternatives to fish oil DHA and EPA

Yvonne Bishop-Weston is lead clinical nutritionist and founder of? Foods for Life Health and Nutrition Consultancy with clinics in London Harley Street, Surrey and Hampshire and believes the current reliance on fish oil is unsustainable for both health and the good of the planet.

What Causes High Triglycerides? – Foods to Avoid

Have you got elevated levels of bad fats in your body? ?High triglycerides? ?Fat you can’t shift?

Can Apples Cause High Tryglycerides?

What causes high triglycerides?

This study review may shine some light on the problem of?imbalanced, high triglycerides. As we’ve already mentioned elsewhere on this blog (?Triglycerides Meta Study ? Omega-3 DHA Key?) and this article confirms that Vegan Algae Omega-3 DHA / EPA can help reduce triglycerides by up to 50% combined with other strategies such as cutting down on saturated fats, sugar and alcohol.

A scientific article, published in ‘Circulation’ the journal of the American Heart Association -?and citing some 528 sources, provided a distillation of 30 years worth of evidence on the complex relationship among lifestyle factors, triglycerides, and cardiovascular and metabolic health (Circulation 2011 [doi:10.1161/ CIR.0b013e3182160726]).

Dr. Michael Miller, director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and his team make a number of recommendations on dietary and lifestyle changes for treating hypertriglyceridemia.

The document emphasizes the “increasingly crucial role” of triglycerides in the evaluation and management of cardiovascular disease, and the importance of diet including consumption of sugars common in beverages in contributing to unhealthy triglyceride levels.

Reducing triglycerides by 50% or more are achievable without the use of medication although medication is anyway not a widely accepted strategy for reducing triglycerides except among people with extremely high values of greater than 500 mg/dL. “The subject of medication and triglycerides is still lacking crucial clinical trial evidence,” Dr. Miller and colleagues wrote in their analysis, noting that certain medications, including hormonal treatments, can also contribute to elevated triglycerides.

The new dietary recommendations include restricting added dietary sugar to 5%-10% percent of calories consumed. In support of this, the authors cited a study of 6,113 U.S. adults showing that the lowest triglyceride levels were observed when added sugar represented less than 10% of total energy, and that higher triglyceride levels corresponded with added sugar accounting for a greater proportion of energy intake (JAMA 2010;303:1490-7).

The authors singled out fructose, a type of dietary sugar increasingly common in processed foods and soft drinks, as particularly problematic. Fructose in excess of 100 g/day, and possibly in excess of 50 g/day, has been associated with raised triglyceride levels. A typical can of cola or lemon-lime soda contains more than 20 grams of fructose, the authors noted.

Dr. Miller and his colleagues advocated weight loss of 5%-10% of body weight, which is associated with a 20% reduction in triglycerides, and regular aerobic exercise, to reduce triglyceride levels closer to optimal.

They also promoted increasing dietary fiber, keeping saturated fat below 7% of calories, eliminating trans fat from the diet, and increasing Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid consumption in the form of marine fish, though the authors said more research was needed to determine whether supplementing with fish-oil capsules provided equivalent benefits. Complete abstinence from alcohol was also recommended for people with very high triglycerides.

“Overall, optimization of nutrition-related practices can result in a marked triglyceride-lowering effect that ranges between 20% and 50%”, they concluded.

London Nutrition Expert Yvonne Bishop-Weston says “Sugar and alcohol are like supercharged high octane fertiliser for triglycerides and all the associated problems. The research suggests within 3 months Omega-3 DHA supplementation can make a difference but other dietary changes and an increase in exercise are needed to take control of the problem”

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World Diabetes Day – Omega 3 Essential Fats

Diabetes and Omega 3 Essential Fats

Here’s what the University of Maryland Medical Center says about Essential Fats and Diabetes

People with diabetes often have high triglyceride and low HDL levels. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can help lower triglycerides and apoproteins (markers of diabetes), and raise HDL, so eating foods or taking fish oil supplements may help people with diabetes. Another type of Omega-3 fatty acid, ALA (from flaxseed, for example) may not have the same benefit as fish oil. Some people with diabetes can’ t efficiently convert ANA to a form of Omega-3 fatty acids that the body can use. Also, some people with type 2 diabetes may have slight increases in fasting blood sugar when taking fish oil.

The Physicians Commitee for Responsible Medicine PCRM disagree that fish oil is the solution for diabetes

The high amounts of fat and cholesterol and the lack of fiber make fish a poor choice. Fish are also often high in mercury and other environmental toxins that have no place in an optimal diet.

Fish oils have been popularized as an aid against everything from heart problems to arthritis. The bad news about fish oils is that Omega-3s in fish oils are highly unstable molecules that tend to decompose and, in the process, unleash dangerous free radicals. Research has shown that Omega-3s are found in a more stable form in vegetables, fruits, seeds and beans.7, 8

A number of health organisations are now recommending eating a diet richer in plant foods to combat diabetes. There is a list of free resources on the One World Day website including a couple that specifically claim to fight the symptoms of diabetes.

In a study looking at Dietary fats and prevention of type 2 diabetes by Walter Willet et al in Collaboration between the Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Uppsala University, Sweden, and the the Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, Boston, they advise:

Improving fat quality should be considered part of a dietary lifestyle strategy to prevent or manage type 2 diabetes. In practice, replacing fats from red meats and butter with non-hydrogenated vegetable oils and margarines rich in MUFA and/or PUFA should be encouraged to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce diabetes risk. Such dietary fat composition also lowers cardiovascular risk by reducing the serum LDL/HDL ratio and triacylglycerols [33, 34].

Leading UK Nutritionist in London, Yvonne Bishop-Weston says vegetable oil and margarine is an unreliable way to to alter the balance of essential fats in the diet for a number of reasons:

  1. – Studies show that we not only have too much saturated animal fat in our diet but that the polyunsaturated fat that is readily available is usually heavily biased towards Omega 6. This makes it even harder for our bodies to process Omega-3 into longer chain cell building and repairing DHA
  2. – Polyunsaturated Omega-3 essential fats are very delicate and prone to deterioration from exposure to air, light and heat. Unless the fats are freshly pressed you could end up doing more damage to your health than good.
  3. – An Omega-3 oil can be cold pressed, virgin, fresh as grass but it is still a half food rather than a whole food. It’s missing many of the vitamins and minerals needed for your body to process those essential fats in to cell building compounds.
  4. – Consuming oil and margarine is an inefficient use of your daily calorie allowance.
  5. – Oil and margarine is not an adequate? alternative to meat only an alternative to butter. Polyunsaturated fat rich combinations of vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, fruit and grains are an alternative to saturated fat rich meat, fish and dairy.

“If a reliable test shows you are deficient in Omega-3 long chain essential fats EPA and DHA then you should consider both dietary changes and supplementation with a sustainably produced toxin-free?EPA / DHA algae product to help balance levels.” says Yvonne.