Fat is essential to our health

 

 

Aquasource Liquid Gold Complex with good fats

omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 from DHA-rich oil from microalgae, Echium plant oil, Sea Buckthorn oil

In 2015, the United States Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee removed any recommendations to limit fat in the diet (after concluding that it doesn’t make us fat or sick!).

Research indicates that sugar and carbs are the true cause of obesity and heart disease – not fats.

Consuming fats slows down absorption so we can go longer without feeling hungry; they also act as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins A,  D,  E and  K. Dietary fats are needed for the conversion of carotene to vitamin A, for mineral absorption and for a host of other processes – everything from keeping our hormones in balance, controlling circulation and blood pressure, feeding and making the structure of our brains (especially DHA as found in marine algae), stabilizing blood sugar levels, and controlling inflammation. Importantly, as chronic inflammation is now recognized as being involved in virtually all major diseases, we can see how crucial these fatty acids are to our health.

So fats are absolutely necessary for good health – but only the right kinds. This has been the message for many years, from people such as Dr Weston Price, Mary G Enig, Sally Fallon, Dr Jeffrey Bland, MD PHd (functional medicine) and numerous other respected Doctors and researchers in the field of natural health. Fats are divided broadly into saturated, monounsaturated and various levels of polyunsaturated fats. All are healthy if we choose the right ones. But which are those?

  • Saturated fats are the most stable, and virgin coconut oil and butter from grass fed animals (such as Kerrygold) provide energy and antimicrobial properties, among many other benefits.
  • Monounsaturated fats include the well-known and well-loved olive oil which has such a healthful reputation in the Mediterranean diet, as well as sea buckthorn oil.
  • And then there are the Polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (PUFAs), the various omega oils. Here we have to be very careful – we must carefully avoid the hydrogenated vegetable oils, and cheap cooking oils, but products such as AquaSource Liquid Gold are invaluable – almost literally, gold!

 

We know that our bodies can’t make the essential omegas 3 and 6, and that we need to get them from our diet, and we all know by now that omega 3 is the one that many of us could do with a bit more of. Indeed, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which provides scientific advice to assist policy makers, has confirmed that clear health benefits have been established for the dietary intake of the polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) in contributing to:

  • the maintenance of normal blood pressure;
  • the maintenance of normal blood triglyceride levels;
  • the normal function of the heart.

 

In addition, according to the European Food Safety Authority, DHA contributes to:

  • the maintenance of normal blood triglyceride levels;
  • the maintenance of normal brain function;
  • the maintenance of normal vision.

In 2014 the World Health Organisation recommended that adults should receive omega 3 PUFAs at an amount of 1-2% of energy/day.

AquaSource Liquid Gold Complex contains omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9 – from plant and marine algae sources.

Firstly, it contains Schizochytrium Sp, which is a fast growing marine algae which contains extraordinarily high levels of omega 3 DHA (dicosahexanoic acid).  DHA accounts for 97 percent of the omega-3 fats in the brain. Cold-water fatty fish, like salmon, are good dietary sources of DHA, but the marine algae is an excellent and sustainable vegetarian option.

It also contains Sea Buckthorn oil – this provides omega 7 fatty acids which is more rare in nature. Contrary to what its name suggests, sea buckthorn oil does not come from the sea, but grows in the mountainous and coastal areas of Asia and Europe. Its botanical name, Hippophae rhamnoides, means “tree that makes the horse shine,” referring to its ability to improve horses’ health and make their hair shiny and smooth. Sea buckthorn has been used by the ancient Greeks and other European cultures, and it appears in ancient Tibetan texts, the Indian Materia Medica, and early Chinese formularies. So it’s clear that the benefits and uses of sea buckthorn have been well-known for a very long time.

According to Dr Mercola, sea buckthorn contains more than 190 nutrients and phytonutrients, including vitamin C, which is 12 times higher than that of an orange. The berry also has as much vitamin E as wheat germ, three times more vitamin A than carrots, and four times more superoxide dismutase (SOD), an important enzyme that helps prevent free radical damage, than ginseng. Plus, it’s the only plant source that contains four different omegas – 3, 6, 9, and 7.

Furthermore, AquaSource Liquid Gold Complex contains Echium plant oil, which provides stearidonic acid (SDA), which is more easily converted into the all important EPA than the oils from flaxseeds. Echium oil is also a source of GLA and ALA. (GLA, or gamma linolenic acid) you will remember from a previous newsletter on Essential Fatty Acids, is a fairly rare but invaluable anti-inflammatory omega oil.)

Liquid Gold Complex is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and makes a fantastic complement to AquaSource Algae, Green Energy and Sea Power Algae.

You can use it in salad dressings, or add it to your smoothies. The whole family, including infants and children, can take 20 drops (1ml) twice a day.