Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's)
The benefits of good oils

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) are an especially important factor in good health since they must be obtained with our diet. The body cannot manufacture them. EFA’s have shown to be protective and therapeutic against a lot of different diseases. Adding EFA's on a regular basis can help with:

  • attention deficit disorder ADD
  • hyperactivity
  • irritability
  • concentration
  • memory
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • cholesterol levels
  • cancer
  • auto-immune diseases
  • Lupus
  • MS
  • fibromyalgia
  • arthritis
  • skin disorders -eczema, psoriasis, dry/cracked skin-
  • dandruff
  • soft/breaking nails
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • poor circulation
  • poor wound healing
  • asthma
  • constipation
  • hemorrhoids
  • depression
  • many others

The key is to eat the good, healing fats and oils required by the body’s every cell, tissue, gland, and organ while avoiding the harmful ones. At the same time the right balance of EFA omega 3:6:9 needs to be ensured as well as watched that they are from healthy, organic sources.

Foods that supply EFA omega 3 are flax seeds, walnuts, green leafy vegetables, canola oil (GMO free) and fish.

Food sources for EFA omega 6 are sunflower, corn, sesame, borage, evening primrose oils, whereas olive oil is a good source for omega 9.

We can eat flax seeds whole. However, since the seed coat is very tough, we will have difficulty accessing the nutrients. Grinding the seeds breaks the coat and makes the nutrients available for digestion. The world’s richest source of omega 3 fatty acids is flaxseed oil. According to Dr Michael Murray, ND it contains over twice the amount found in fish (58% weight!)

Rica’s comment:

The easiest solution for me to ensure adequate intake of EFA’s is my daily regime of AIMega capsules. AIMega offers an all vegetarian, organic seed oil blend of flax, sesame, olive, and sunflower oils. Carob coated capsules protect the oils from light and are so much easier to stomach than the taste of pure flaxseed oil.

For additional health benefits as well as for increased oil stability and quality the formula has been enhanced with medium chain triglycerides as well as potent antioxidants of rosemary extract and tocotrienols/tocopherols.

For optimum benefit I like my clients to take both AIMega and AIM BarleyLife. A 15 year-old boy noticed a difference himself within the first month. He felt he could concentrate more easily in school.                                      

I found the article "Improve Learning and Concentration - and Your Life!" by Dr Michael Murray, ND in a health food store flyer; it explains the phenomenon well. 

Here are some excerpts that may interest parents, in particular. To sum up the message:"introducing simple nutritional solutions can help feed the brain, control behavioral problems in children, and improve everyone’s learning potential."

The article points out that there is growing evidence of the relationship between nutrition and learning difficulties as well as ADHD. According to a landmark study sponsored by the Dyslexia Research Trust "significant improvements" were noted in "attention, restlessness, impulsiveness, anxiety, shyness, and cognitive problems" after three months of daily use of EFA’s.

A University of Calgary-trained doctor, Dr. Michael Lyon, explains his experience with his son, David, who was diagnosed with ADHD. Implementing some nutritional changes prevented David from ending up in a special class, being labeled and turning into a troubled teenager.

  • Feeding the brain the right food can help it achieve better health for optimal learning, concentration, mood, and behavior.
  • Children diagnosed with hyperactivity or inattention and dyslexia often have low levels of essential fatty acids (EFA’s). Adding these important fats into the diet can make a real difference.
  • Adults with learning problems may also benefit.
  • ADHD children often have low levels of minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.
  • In addition to supplying EFA’s, the right ratio of vitamins and minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and enzymes enhances brain function, improves performance, and relieves stress.
  • Fibre and probiotics are also vital to further support and nourish whole body health.
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