Fat and Its Effects On Women
There are two stories on fats - two different kinds of
fats with opposite functions: fats that hurt health, and fats that help health.
For example, there are fats that promote tumour growth and fats that inhibit
tumour growth. Fats that predispose to heart attacks and strokes, but other fats
that protect us from heart attacks and strokes. Fats that interfere with insulin
function, but other fats that are required for insulin function. Fats that lower
high blood fats. Fats that keep us slim. Obviously, we should avoid the ones
that harm health, and embrace the ones that enhance health.
Most of the harm that fats do to health is the result of one of two factors:
1. Lack of the fats that help health; or 2. Destructive processing practices
used by industries - processes such as frying, hydrogenation and deodorization.
We call the fats that help your health essential fats. These are two substances
that come from fats and oils. By definition, they are essential because your
body cannot make them, but every cell needs them to be able to function, and
they must therefore be provided by foods. If you don't get them you die. If you
get too little, your health deteriorates in many ways. If you add them back to a
deficient diet, the health deterioration is stopped, reversed, and you
completely recover your health.
Essential fats come as omega 3s and omega 6s, and the ratio between them is of
vital importance, because too much of one will make you deficient in the other,
and vice versa. That is why Dr Udo Erasmus developed his "Ultimate Oil Blend".
It's his answer to those who ask: "Is there a simple way to get everything I
need from fats which at the same time avoids everything I should avoid from
Functions of Essential Oils:
they improve energy levels, stamina and recovery time.
they are required for heating of wounds and injuries
they are required for brain development and adult brain
function, helping improve vision, learning, intelligence, mood, and behaviour
they make skin soft and velvety when given in optimum
ratio and amounts, and help with acne, psoriasis, and eczema
they help prevent leaky gut and food allergies, and
maintain healthy bowel flora
they improve the functions of all organs (liver, brain, lungs, kidneys) and
(thyroid, adrenal, mate, and female)
they transport cholesterol and, in optimum ratio and
amounts, lower high blood pressure, decrease risk of unwanted clots in arteries
(stroke, heart attack, embolism), and lower high triglycerides
given in the right ratio, they decrease inflammation in
joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, gut,
kidneys, blood vessels, and other tissues
they dampen the over-response of the immune system in auto-immune conditions
they protect our genes from damage
they improve mineral transport and mineral metabolism
they are necessary for protein metabolism
they are required for haemoglobin production
they are required for cell structures and cell division
If we don't get enough essential fats, everything falls apart. Dry skin, low
energy levels, behaviour and mood changes, hyperactivity, vision and learning
problems, clumsiness, sterility, miscarriage, growth retardation, liver and
kidney damage. immune failure and many other health problems.
Women need to take special care to get essential fats. During pregnancy, each
developing child pulls a large amount of essential fats from its mother's body,
in order to make a healthy brain. Each child takes from its mother some of the
essential fats stored in her body.
The brain is the essential fat-richest organ in the body. And, because most
women in affluent societies do not have a reliable source of both essential fats
in their diet, mothers become more depleted with each successive child. In
addition, each child gets less essential fats to develop its brain than the
child before it. Researchers have suggested that this is why in many families,
the older children are more likely to be strong and well behaved, while younger
children show a greater incidence both of developmental and behavioural
The health results on the mother of this depletion of mum's essential fats by
her children include several conditions. One of these is postnatal depression.
Essential fats in the brain can elevate mood and lift depression. When the fats
are depleted, the mother's mood can become depressed. In that case,
supplementation with essential fats may be helpful. Omega 3 fats may be more
important here, but omega 6s should be supplied as well, because they have other
important health functions.
Dr Erasmus recommends a ratio of twice more omega 3s than omega 6s, a ratio that
gives us the best therapeutic effects. This ratio is so useful because omega 3s
are missing from most people's diets today, while omega 6 intake has increased
dramatically in the last hundred years. People on low fat diets may be deficient
in both essential fats, and the 2 : 1 ratio gives them both essential fats in
proportions that replenish the missing brain omega 3s as well as high quality
omega 6s. Researchers also think that the depletion of brain fats by the
developing child might be the reason why women suffer more from depressed mood,
auto-immune conditions like lupus and fybromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis than
men do. These conditions involve fats, and may be improved by higher omega 3
intake. The depletion of essential fats of mothers suggests other conditions
which women must contend with, including those that affect skin, hair, and
nails, arthritis, premenstrual mood changes, and fatigue, in addition to the
conditions that affect men, women and children equally.
Sources of essential fatty acids
Most women in affluent societies have no reliable source
of omega 3s in their diet. High fat, cold-water fish are one source, but the
majority of the population does not consume these on a regular basis.
Vegetarians are even worse off. So supplementation of essential fatty acids is
Besides high fat cold water fish, one of the richest
sources of the missing omega 3s, is flaxseed or its oil. But these are poor
sources of omega 6s, which is why the flax oil should be mixed and matched with
one of the better omega 6 oils, such as sunflower or sesame.
Care of Essential Fats
The oils that provide essential fats must be pressed with
care if they are to improve health. They should be pressed at low temperature
from organically grown seeds, under exclusion of light and oxygen. They are then
packaged in amber glass bottles. We believe that plastic packaging of oils,
water, and even mineral-vitamin supplements is inappropriate for both the
natural food trade and for healers. Plastics are not organic, are
environmentally-unfriendly and used only because they are cheap! The oil is
further protected from light by a box, stored in a fridge before and after
opening. Mix about two to three dessertspoons of oil each day with your foods.
Dr Erasmus recommends eating fish rather than taking
encapsulated fish oils, because of concerns with rancidity, over-processing, and
pollution with toxic industrial chemicals. And he also highly recommends that
women make sure they get enough essential fats from properly made unrefined,
organic oils, in optimum balanced amounts.
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