ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS

by Deborah Merlin
(Los Angles, CA)

ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS

Essential fatty acids (EFA) are necessary for good health. An EFA deficiency can cause symptoms of attention deficit disorder. When our diets consist of essential fatty acids, our cells remain flexible and healthy. When we consume harmful fats, our cell membranes suffer and become stiff or have holes in them, which increases our risk of degenerative disease.



The Importance of Fat In The Body

• The human brain, the most complex organization of matter we know, is sixty percent fat.
• Fat maintains the integrity of neuron connections – the brain’s vital communication system.
• Fat is needed by all cell membranes – nerve, brain, heart, adrenal, and thyroid cells must have essential fats to function.
• Essential fatty acids boost the immune system. The fat acts as a barrier to keep out harmful microbes that can be a factor in disease.
• Essential fats are necessary for normal reproduction and growth.
• Fat is needed for the absorption of vitamins A, D, E, K, and beta carotene.
• EFAs protect against heart disease by reducing blood clotting, lowering triglycerides, and causing vasodiolation.
• EFAs reduce inflammation.

Illnesses Associated With Essential Fatty Acid Deficiencies

• Allergies • Alzheimer’
• Cancer • Autoimmunity
• Depression • Diabetes
• Eczema • Heart disease
• Hyperactivity • Hypertension
• Multiple Sclerosis • Intestinal disorders
• Learning problems • Menopause

Obesity
• Inflammation
• Osteoarthritis • PMS
• Psoriasis • Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Schizophrenia • Vascular disease


Healthy Essential Fats:

• Salmon, trout, tuna, sardines, seafood
• Flaxseed, flaxseed oil
• Raw nuts and seeds
• Vegetables, avocado
• Sea vegetables
• Lentils, legumes
• Virgin olive oil
• Soy, tofu
• Whole grains

Harmful Fats:

• Hydrogenated margarine
• Fried, deep-fried foods
• Hotdogs, lunch meat, sausage, hamburger
• Homogenized dairy
• Chips (corn and potato)
• Candies and pastries
• Refined commercial oils, corn, safflower
• Commercial peanut butter
Not* I would avoid tuna and sushi due to mercury content.

Sources of Omega-3
• Salmon, herring , sardines, mackerel
• Flaxseed, hemp oil
• Walnuts, soybeans
• Shellfish, seafood
• Dark leafy green vegetables
• Raw pumpkin

Sources of Omega-6
• Borage, black currant oils
• Evening primrose oil
• Raw nuts and seeds
• Legumes
• Flaxseed, hemp oil
• Lean meats, eggs
• Unrefined vegetable oils
Omega fatty supplements and fish oil may be used to supplement our diets. They are available at health food stores.

Sources: 1999 Sedona Health Foundation – Michael J. Porter CHT

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Deborah Merlin Articles.


ADHDAwareness.com's Privacy Policy





Recent Articles

  1. Hemp CBD Oil Helps 7 Year Old with ADHD, Autism, ODD, and Sensory Processing Disorder

    Learn about how hemp cbd oil is helping this 7 year old with ADHD, Autism, ODD, and sensory processing disorder.

    Read more

  2. CBD Oil Helps 9 Year Old Boy with Focus and School Problems

    Read about how cbd oil helps a 9 year old boy with focus and school problems.

    Read more

  3. Hemp CBD Oil Helps 10 Year Old and 15 Year Old With Autism

    Hemp CBD Oil Helps 10 Year Old and 15 Year Old With Autism. Read more about these stories.

    Read more

  4. Organic Hemp CBD Oil Calms Boy with ADHD and Behavior Problems

    A mother shares how Organic Hemp CBD oil calms her son with ADHD and behavior problems.

    Read more

  5. Boy Feels Normal and Calm After Using Organic Hemp CBD Oil For ADHD

    Using organic hemp cbd oil for adhd and bipolar disorder helped this boy feel normal and calm.

    Read more