Inuit people, living by their natural diet, are known to have almost no
heart disease. They, in fact, seem to have superb cardiovascular health. Further,
they seem to suffer far less than Americans or Europeans from rheumatoid
arthritis, diabetes mellitus and psoriasis.
is quite remarkable since the Inuit diet is nearly 60% fat â€“ most of
that fat coming from fish (fish oil).
researchers realized that it was exactly these same foods that provided real
disease-countering benefits. Fish oils contain two very important fatty
constituents, called fatty acids. They are eicosapentaenoic acid,
EPA for short, and docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA. These constituents belong to
the family of fatty acids called omega-3 fatty acids.Adequate levels of
EPA and DHA are essential to maintaining our cardiovascular system in good
scientific studies on the oil of ocean water fish have demonstrated that EPA
and DHA reduce the â€œbadâ€ cholesterol (the low density lipoprotein
cholesterol LDL) and raise the â€œgoodâ€ cholesterol (the high density lipoprotein
HDL). These fatty acids assist in lowering blood pressure by helping to
reduce arterial constriction.
also help lower blood fat, known as triglycerides, which if elevated can
present significant risk for heart disease. EPA and DHA have also been
shown to reduce risk of inappropriate blood clotting that can also lead to a
stroke or a pulmonary embolism.
and DHA also enhance the health of all other body systems as well. DHA is very
important to the brain, retina, testes and adrenal glands for facilitating
optimal functioning. DHA deficiency in the brain is thought to be an
important contributing factor in many of its functional problems, including
and DHA the Natural Way
fresh ocean fish like salmon, sardines, tuna, herring, etc. at least three
times per week will supply EPA and DHA in adequate amounts. However if fish or
their oils do not appeal to you, you can turn to flax seed oil, a land-based
source of omega-3 oil. Flax seed oil provides linolenic acid, which needs to be
converted by your body into EPA and DHA. For many North Americans, the
conversion is difficult because of dietary habits.
oil or flaxseed oil will contribute to blood thinning, and this is desirable.
However, if you are on blood thinning medication or using ASA frequently, check
with your physician first. These oils are contra-indicated in hemophiliacs and
those who have a tendency to hemorrhage.
recommended amount is 3 capsules of one gram each of the fish oil per day or as
directed by a physician. If youâ€™re using flaxseed oil, the recommended amount
is 9 grams per day with meals. Oils removed from their natural setting and
processed are subject to oxidation. It is a good practice to complement your
use of supplemental oils with vitamin E, which is a potent antioxidant, able to
reverse oxidation of consumed oils and prevent oxidation inside the body. The
recommended daily dosage is 400I.U. of natural vitamin E. If you are taking
blood thinning medication speak to your physician before using vitamin E.