By Alane Archer, ND, CNC
Did you know that Omega-3 fatty acids are important l to your health and wellness? Do you know why are omega 3’s are so essential? The answer is straightforward. It all has to do with your cell membrane. Think of a circle with a round wall around it (your cell membrane wall. ) It needs to be flexible yet strong to hold things inside and release them only as your body needs so it can function properly.
When the cell membrane wall is flexible your hormones, proteins, vitamins, minerals, fats ,etc. can move in and out of the cells properly to go where they are needed. Think of your heart, omega 3 fatty acids are gotten via diet or supplementation, and they will be absorbed into the cells in your heart. This makes their cell membranes flexible, but firm. Thus the heart and arteries are stronger. But if there are too many trans fats, or bad fats the opposite can occur. Those trans fats are then absorbed into the cell membranes which makes them stiff and unable to do their job for you and your heart.
Just like you do not want stiff joints, you do not want stiff arteries.
On a side note, many times when we see a hair analysis test with high levels of metals it can be assumed that the cell membrane wall is too stiff and it is holding in these toxins. So, one of our protocol suggestions will be increasing omega 3s.
Omega 3 fatty acids are so important for just about everything. Here are a few situations: ADHD, Arthritis, Asthma, Autoimmunity, Cancer, Heart Disease, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Diabetes, Toxic Metals, Toxicity, ED, Fertility, Immunity, Inflammation, Muscular Degeneration, Metabolic Syndrome, Oxidative Stress, Pain, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Psychiatric Disorders
Sources of omega 3 fats
Mackerel, Salmon, Cod Liver Oil, Herring, Oysters, Sardines, Anchovies, Caviar, Flaxseeds, Chia Seeds, Walnuts, Soybeans, Brussels Sprouts, Hemp Seed.
Other Omegas this test checks for:
Omega 6: too much can raise blood pressure and lead to blood clots, water retention
Arachidonic acid: AA can lead to inflammation. This fatty acid is mostly found in red meat, peanut oil, dairy, white meat, egg yolk, cheese, tilapia, catfish, yellow-tail. AA can be considered one of the worse fats. Many times when your insulin is high, AA will also be high
I consider omega 3’s to be so important in our daily diet and supplement protocol. It is easy to make sure your omega 3s are at optimal levels and your bad fats are at low levels with one easy test.
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Medical disclaimer: Our tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.