RedSonja wrote:So my question is, which omega-3 is the one we need, and do we really need it anyway?
b]it's quite important for people yes, to take diet seriously (i call mine "the biodiversity diet") but watch your levels and don't neglect nutritional supplements if they are needed![/
RedSonja wrote:I have been sprinkling flax seed (linseed) on my muesli for decades, for the roughage. Now I know it has some of the right omega-3 in it.
For myself, I decided to take a TBSP of ground flax seed per day just to help round out my omega-3 intake. I chose the ground flax seed over the flax oil as there are nutrients and fiber which are not present in the oil.
There are some indications that PUFA intake has an inverse relationship with MS risk, but the controlled studies performed to date have not produced definitive results with regard to the potential benefits of PUFA supplementation in patients with MS.
In our struggle to direct the immune, endocrine, cardiovascular and nervous systems we have neglected to use the very substrate that is basic to all biochemical interactions -- fatty acids. Instead we have shunned lipids, removed them from our diets, blamed them for the ills of society-obesity, cancer, heart disease, degenerative illness-when in fact they are the critical substrates to the immune (cytokines, prostaglandins), endocrine (hormones, neurohormones) neuronal (myelin) components we attempt to manipulate. The administration of hormones, for example, often fails when an individual exibits very low serum cholesterol which is the base substrate for the cascade of regulatory hormones. Thus when an individual is loaded with a hormone they are often unable to properly utilize the hormone due to a deficiency of substrate (fatty acids, coenzymes). Recently the addition of DHEA has been suggested but this often further complicates the patient's chemistry rather than corrects the hormonal imbalance because the basic raw materials are missing and the ingestion of trans fats literally blocks fatty acid metabolism and hormonal production. The very availability of fatty acids (found in unrefined, cold processed oils, coconut butter, raw nuts and seeds) is often a challenge in the United States and now across Europe as our oils are hydrogenated to prolong shelflife.
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