How to achieve a balanced ratio of EFA, ALA & GLA

(Below is information to purchase quality EFA products at your local health food store. If you are unable to find these or would like to purchase the supplements I recommend and provide to my clients, I have included links to these products.

  1. Select a good source of cholesterol free marine lipids, liquid or softgel (derived from deep cold water fish) providing a minimum daily dosage of: 360 mg of EPA* / 240 mg of DHA:  Omega Pro,  Kid Omega Oils,  Daily EFAsFish oil is a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids, particularly EPA (eicosapentaenoic) and DHA (docosahexaenoic). Biochemically EPA and DHA actually compete with, displace and inhibit arachidonic acid (a sometimes bad fatty acid) metabolism.4 Recent evidence suggests that chemicals derived from Arachidonic Acid can produce a variety of metabolites that can initiate and promote tumor function and vascularization, cell proliferation, tissue invasiveness, metastasis and suppression of the immune surveillance system.5
    Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 11.01.00 AMThe fish oil can be in a liquid form (be sure it is molecularly distilled) or softgel combination of  fish oil, flaxseed oil, borage oil in proper ratio and molecularly distilled or other plant sources. Pure fish oil always has a complete profile and ratio.
  2. Consume a high quality plant source of Blackcurrant Seed Oil providing a minimum daily dosage of: 560 mg of pure Blackcurrant Seed Oil ** and 80 mg of GLA. For those on a strict vegetarian diet, the consumption of additional Blackcurrant Seed Oil (a total of at least 1000 mg of Blackcurrant Seed Oil and at least 120 mg of GLA) or a variety of plant oils is recommended to achieve an adequate and balanced profile of EFAs and GLA.
    Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 11.00.10 AMIndividuals with diabetes and people who cannot form GLA from Linoleic Acid should be sure that they have an adequate source of GLA in their diet. GLA supplements in diabetics have been shown to improve nerve function and prevent diabetic nerve disease.6
  3. Consume a high quality flaxseed meal for an alternate vegan source providing a minimum daily dosage of 2560 mg of Omega 3 and 1000 mg of Omega 6.*** Flaxseed is not only a great source of fiber; it is the riches source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), one of the few plant sources of Omega-3 super unsaturated fatty acids, considered the most beneficial of the essential fatty acids. ALA is converted in the body into two more biologically active Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic), the same fatty acid found in fish.
    Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 10.59.14 AMFlax also contains linolenic acid (LA), a polyunsaturated fatty acid known as Omega-6, the second most beneficial fatty acid. It is said that, ideally, body tissue should contain a ratio of 3:1 to 4:1 Omega-6 to Omega-3. However, substantial evidence suggests that, because of the consumption of large amounts of fried and processed foods, the ratio of the average person is 20:1 Omega-6 to Omega-3. Flaxseed oil contains approximately 60% Omega-3 to approximately 15% Omega-6 (4:1 Ratio) making it the perfect fast food to correct this ratio.

    Flaxseed is also the richest plant source of lignans. Precisely, flax is a source of concentrated lignan precursors. Lignans are strong antioxidants and phytoestrogens (hormone-like chemicals). Flaxseed contains high levels of the plant lignan, secoisolariciresinol diglycoside (SDG) and provides 75-800 times more plant lignans than other plant sources.

    Modern scientific research has concluded that many health challenges are a direct result of the substitution of hydrogenated fats and the lack of essential fatty acids in our diet. Flaxseed meal is an important natural food for both adults and children that will enhance their body’s repair mechanisms, reduce inflammation, help arrest allergies, improve our memory and raise their spirits! Flax is great for vegetarians but also wonderful in combination with other plant oils and fish oil.

  4. Take a minimum of 400 IUs of Natural Vitamin E daily. The best supplement is one that contains a mixed source of Vitamin E, Wheat germ Oil & Lecithin. Vitamin E is essential to help prevent lipid peroxidation.

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    • Most marine lipids will contain 120 mg of EPA & 80 mg of DHA per capsule. Therefore, it is necessary to take a minimum of 3 capsules.
    • It usually requires two capsules to achieve this level. The oil should be cold processed, without solvents.
    • This will usually require 2 tablespoons.

Summary

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are essential lipids, often referred to as Vitamin F, the “good fats” or the “fats that heal,” that are not manufactured by the body and are vital for optimum health, well-being and 90% of your energy. As integral components of all cells, they maintain the fluidity and stability of cell membranes and protect the body from harmful substances such as bacteria and viruses. They must be obtained through diet or supplementation with EFA-rich food oils.

Without EFAs, deficiency symptoms will develop. Signs of EFA deficiency can include eczema and other skin disorders, hair loss, organ damage, impaired reproductive function, increased triglyceride and cholesterol levels, increased blood pressure and neurological dysfunction. EFAs are the most important of all the fats and I feel should be an integral member of everyone’s daily health program.

To Your Good Health,
Dr. Bo

*These statements in this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your physician if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition before beginning supplementation. Information contained in this bulletin is for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician.

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