Mon, May. 21, 2012 Posted: 03:36 PM
Heart health, arthritis, hormone imbalance and depression can all be helped with the right diet and or fish oils. The right diet should have the right balance of saturated fats to unsaturated and monounsaturated fats such including fish, olive oils, nuts and seeds. But if you are like most people and are eating too many of the saturated fats and not enough of the good fats – you could be setting yourself up for problems.
I don’t believe the good Lord made a ‘bad’ fat as some doctors like to call it. The problem isn’t saturated fats! The real problem is that we are eating too many of the saturated fats in proportion to unsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
Back in biblical times there wasn’t a fast food around every corner serving you foods loaded with saturated fats. Most of the apostles were fishermen, so they were eating lots of fish, which were loaded with the good omega-3 fats. Those who weren’t eating a daily diet of fish were eating range fed beef. It has a much higher concentration of omega-3 fats than the beef of today that are raised on fed-lots eating mostly grain.
You see it is that balance or lack of balance that causes so many of our health problems. You need both fats, unfortunately the Western diet is loaded with saturated fats and omega-6 fatty acids. As far as 100 years ago the ratio of saturated to unsaturated fats consumed was about 4 to 1.
Today that ratio is about 20 to 1. Saturated fats have a very important role in the function of our body, but like anything else – too much of anything can cause problems. Saturated fats promote inflammation and clog arteries…but unsaturated fats reduce inflammation and allow your blood to flow more easily! So the real question is are you eating enough of the good omega 3 fats in your daily diet to keep heart disease, arthritis, menopause, PMS and depression at bar?
FYI…Inflammation causes pain, so if you reduce inflammation you reduce pain. Aspirin, ibuprofen and other pain medications are anti-inflammatory drugs, unfortunately they have lots of side effects. Fish oils, the omega 3 fatty acids are your body’s natural anti-inflammatory! Wouldn’t it be smarter to consume a food or supplement that reduces inflammation without the side effects? That’s a question only you can answer – maybe that's why He gave us Free Will!
If you aren’t eating enough fish, nuts, seeds, olives, etc…and are struggling with any of those mentioned health problems, you should consider increasing your intake of fish oils or test to see if your ratio is good. It is a much better test than simply testing for cholesterol.
Again, I don’t think the good Lord created a bad hormone, but to paraphrase Proverbs 25:16 ‘too much honey is a bad thing’ and should be avoided. Fish oils are one of those nutrients everyone should be taking if they don’t follow the right diet or struggle with various health problems. They do so many things besides reduce pain, I’ll touch more about all the benefits in another post, but in the meantime examine your diet and see if you need to change your diet or supplement plan to improve your health.
Dr. Len Lopez