The Good Fat – Dr McQuaid Lakeport CA Podiatrist

Every day on television and on the Internet we are bombarded with dietary information. It can be
difficult to discern good from bad dietary recommendations. Many times we are told that eating too
much fat in the diet is a bad thing. However, there are essential fats that can improve our health, and
are not to be avoided.

The one dietary fat that is recommended and is good is omega-3 fatty acid. The benefits of Omega-3 fats are to reduce high blood pressure and coronary artery disease. What follows are the reasons why
omega-3s are good for your heart and other body parts and how to get enough of them on a daily basis. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for several body processes. They help build cell membranes including the nerve cells in our brain, and also are important for blood clotting. In addition, they have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke by lowering the level of undesirable blood fats called triglycerides.

Other research about omega-3s and our health is showing promise for a variety of illnesses. Studies are being conducted currently that look at omega-3&#39ss role in rheumatoid arthritis, depression, cancer, and even attention deficit disorder. Other good news about omega-3s is they may play a role in reducing dementia and Alzheimer 's.

The research covering longevity and mortality and omega-3s is profound. Harvard University conducted a study and found that there were up to 90,000 preventable deaths each year due to omega-3 deficiency.

Omega-3s are also being linked to obesity. Cellular activity and metabolism appears to speed up when adequate omega-3s are in the diet. According to an article in Newsweek diets deficient in omega-3's are correlated with a lower metabolism – which can lead to weight gain.
An important element about omega-3 fats is that it is important to understand that our own bodies do not have the capacity to make them on our own. Therefore, they must be ingested through food or supplementation.

There are two types of omega-3s. The first is called Alpha-linolenic acids (ALA) which is found in some
vegetable oils, and walnuts. The other omega-3 essential fatty acid is found in fish. Several fish can be
excellent sources of omega-3s including: salmon, herring, tuna, trout, sturgeon, and bluefish. If you do not like seafood, flaxseed is a supplement with abundant omega-3s. There are also capsules you can take as an omega-3 supplement. Typically, 500 mg a day of omega-3s are recommended daily for a healthy adult. Fortunately I love tuna fish and I love walnuts. Hopefully, you do too, because omega-3s are just too important to miss. For your heart and for your brain I encourage you to think about adding omega-3s to your own diet. Matthew McQuaid, DPM is a board certified foot surgeon practicing in Lakeport. He has a particular interest in Mind/Body medicine and its impact on healing. He is an award winning author and teacher.

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