Fats That Kill
Fats? Fats always seem to get the bad wrap for a lot of health related diseases including cardiovascular disease.
Fats including trans-fats, Omega-6 rich vegetable oils, and saturated fat will be pro- inflammatory (in other words, it’ll worsen inflammation) and have a negative influence on our health. It is these types of fats that we are consuming the most. Why?
For well over 150 years vegetable oil production has increased dramatically and has been included more and more in our foods to improve the flavor and extend the shelf life of foods. In conjunction with a highly efficient production process, we have a food system built on incredibly cheap calories, low quality and high volume sales.
Industrial farming methods have led to an increase in consumption of the fats that are linked with higher rates mortality caused by strokes and heart disease.
FATS THAT HEAL
Yes, there are certain types of fat that may not be beneficial to your health if they are over-consumed but did you know that supplementation with Omega 3 (a type of fat found in fish oils) has been shown to be more effective for treating depression than anti-depressants!
Omega 3 fats will work wonders for your overall brain health! Omega 3 fats are a type of “super” nutrient. More and more research indicates that they have a range of multiple benefits from how your brain functions which includes your memory or how well your eyes work and to how your cope with stress and recovery from it. Research found that Omega 3 supplementation over a 35 day period in young, healthy adults improved higher brain functions; sense of wellbeing (vigor), reactivity, attention, cognitive performance, and mood!
Unfortunately, we have also moved towards more intensive farming of meat and fish which has reduced our consumption of Omega 3
HOW DO OMEGEA 3 FATTY ACIDS BENEFIT BRAIN FUNCTION?
The brain is mostly fat (60%!) all those cell membranes and myelin coverings require fatty acids so it is important to eat certain fats, particularly Omega-3 fats. Humans cannot make Omega-3 fatty acids from scratch; you must obtain them from your diet.
Hundreds of studies have shown a relationship between the absence of foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids from the diet and the increased risk of inflammation and depression. Apparently, a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids also significantly changes the size of brain regions that are critical for controlling mood.
So…. you can see that Omega-3 not only influence how your brain works but also the structure of it.
HOW DO OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS BENEFIT THOSE THAT HAVE SUSTAINED A CONCUSSION?
It has been proven that supplementation with Omega-3 fatty acids before sustaining a concussion (brain injury) can have the potential to reduce some of the harmful processes following the damage including problems with:
- Excessive inflammation
- Mitochondrial function
- Damage to the neurons and cell death
Hippocrates is said to have once stated “healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”
Ensure you optimise your brain health and performance through appropriate intake of Omega-3 fatty acids.