Fats and health

Normally fats do not enjoy the favors of the population.

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Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary for life. Recent studies have highlighted their innumerable properties, ranging from anti-inflammatory effect to cardiovascular protection

About fats

Normally fats do not enjoy the favors of the population. Too many fats cause overweight, lipid metabolism disorders, high cholesterol etc. In addition, the consumption of trans fatty acids has long been known to be a cardiovascular risk factor. The New York City Board of Health therefore decided to ban the use of industrial food fats in restaurants. As of July 2007, public businesses will no longer be able to use frying oils containing trans fatty acids. By July 2008, all foods containing trans fatty acids will also have to be banned from restaurants.

Why is important

Our body must be able to count on a sufficient supply of omega-3 fatty acids.
What the body cannot do without are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
In the last 20 years omega-3 fatty acids, obtained from fish oils, have been the subject of numerous scientific studies. These omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to possess the following properties:

  • reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases
  • lower elevated blood pressure
  • have an anti-inflammatory action
  • stimulate the immune system
Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary for life

More and more studies show that refined omega-3 has far better health effects than refined oils. Also has a positive effect on the immune system and in patients with arthritis, migraine and psoriasis.

Something you might don’t know

In addition, omega-3 fatty acids play an adjuvant action in the treatment of mental illnesses (depression, behavior disorders, hyperactivity / attention deficit ADHD), contribute to the brain development of the child and possibly also to the prevention of memory problems (dementia senile).

Sources of omega-3 fatty acids: fish or food supplements? According to nutrition experts, a balanced diet involves the consumption of 1-2 fish meals per week. For those who do not eat fish or if there is a greater need for omega-3 fatty acids, it is recommended to use fish oil based food supplements, usually in the form of capsules. When choosing the omega-3 supplement make sure that:

  • the concentration of both omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, is sufficient
  • the rate of toxic metals is minimal (fish from low-polluted seas)
  • the product is easy to digest.

Your specialist will be able to advise you and indicate the products that meet these requirements

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        1. Muscle activity, blood clotting, digestion, fertility, and cell division (a process that allows the cell to duplicate itself), growth.

            1. VEGETABLE FOOD: walnuts, flax seeds and flax seed oil, rapeseed oil, soy and soybean oil, Chia seeds, seaweed, green leafy vegetables, avocado. FISH THAT CONTAIN THEM: salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, sardines, swordfish.

              1. In answer to Joann Fox. A food supplement becomes useful when we are in doubt that what we eat is not able to meet our needs, that is, it cannot cover the minimum needs of some specific nutrients necessary for the body to function properly.

                1. If the diet does not regularly include 1– 2 portions of fish per week, it is useful to take Omega-3 supplements.

                2. It is not yet clear what all the beneficial health effects produced by omega 3 food supplements can be.

  1. There are many studies that have evaluated the effects of EPA and DHA-rich supplements, as are those based on fish oil, in relation to the risks of heart disease, but the results have not always been consistent: some indicate that the supplements of omega-3 fatty acids have protective effects, others do not.

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