Our blend contains the fatty acids Omega 3, 6, 9, GLA and several more including some yet undocumented or undiscovered. Most of us think of fatty acids as oils coming from fish or seeds. You will be happy to learn that our formula is a rich source of fatty acids and is especially high in GLA (Gamma-Linolenic Acid), which is a critical nutrient that is generally lacking in the Western diet.
The human body uses fatty acids from food for building tissues and for specialised functions such as the production of prostaglandins; localized tissue hormones. One major group of fatty acids is called essential fatty acids, which are polyunsaturated, and include two major groups, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They are called "essential" because the body cannot make them but must get them from food.
Essential fatty acids (EFA) "the good fats that heal" are the fats you have been increasingly hearing about in recent years. Your body cannot live without them. They are necessary for a healthy heart, a healthy nervous system, a healthy immune system and especially a healthy brain (the human brain is around 60% fat).
The essential fatty acids that are sometimes called vitamin F, include linoleic, linolenic, arachidonic acid and many more. Some are used by the body to manufacture prostaglandins, the hormonal regulators of blood pressure and capillary resilience.
The essential fatty acids are involved in respiration in all the cells, and are especially important to oxygen transport. They affect the health of the hair, skin and nails, and help break up cholesterol in the blood stream. They are not dangerous fat but are absolutely vital to health.
If you have read anything about low-carb dieting or the "Mediterranean Diet", you know that the consumption of healthy oils which contain these fatty acids produces astounding health benefits in the human body. Heart disease and various cardiovascular disorders respond quickly and positively. Brain function is improved, diabetes is brought under control, blood sugar is regulated, and cancer risk soon plummets.
Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in our formula is known to stimulate master hormones.
Perhaps you have heard of GLA and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)? Human breast milk is high in GLA, probably due to the infant's need for brain-building fats. However, since many infants never gained the important nutritional benefits of their mothers' milk, they have been GLA-deficient for their entire lives. The Western diet of processed foods contains virtually no GLA, and low-carb dieters are not getting any either, unless they specifically supplement it.
GLA is not only known for regulating blood sugar and providing important nutrients to the brain; it also exhibits immune-boosting properties. In fact, according to Dr Haas, author of Staying Healthy With Nutrition, GLA has been shown to be effective for the following health conditions:
- Cardiovascular disease - anti-inflammatory effect; reducing platelet aggregation, thereby reducing clotting; lowering blood pressure by decreasing vessel tone; cholesterol-lowering effect
- Arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory disorders) - anti-inflammatory effect; immune support; correcting possible EFA and GLA deficiency
- Skin disorders (eczema, acne, dermatitis) - anti-inflammatory effect; EFA functions; immune support
- Allergies, asthma - anti-inflammatory effect; EFA function; immune support
- Multiple sclerosis - nerve conduction; correction of possible EFA and GLA deficiency; immune support; decreased platelet aggregation; balancing prostaglandins
Essentially, GLA helps support the immune system through a variety of mechanisms, and its benefits go far beyond mere immune system function. Many studies on the health effects of GLA have been conducted, and they show stunning results for this beneficial nutrient. In the 1980s, GLA was studied more intensively than any other nutrient: About 200 clinical trials took place in university hospitals and medical schools throughout the world. One of these researchers, Dr Horrobin, states that his studies have led him to believe that "a lack of essential fatty acids could turn out to be one of the most common defects in human biochemistry and a significant factor in many diseases". Essential fatty acids are especially important in the function of nerve, muscle, and immune systems, for when people lack the proper balance of EFAs, the neurological, endocrine, and immune systems are shown to be adversely affected.
"GLA has proven to be effective in the treatment of many serious diseases. Double-blind, placebo-controlled studies for atopic eczema demonstrate that GLA improves skin conditions, relieves itching, and reduces the amount of steroid medication required. In a large, placebo-controlled trial at Bristol University in England, both adults and children showed substantial improvements. In clinical trials for diabetes, GLA has reversed neurological damage and lowered plasma cholesterol and triglycerides. GLA has also been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of Sjögren Syndrome."
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GLA is a precursor for the body's prostaglandins, master hormones that control many body functions. The prostaglandin PGE1 is involved in many tasks including regulation of; blood pressure, cholesterol synthesis, inflammation and cell proliferation.
Foods high in saturated fats, typical of the Western diet, may block the beneficial work of essential fatty acids in the human body, leading to many disease conditions. Numerous studies have shown that GLA deficiency may figure in degenerative diseases and other health problems. Clinical studies show dietary intake of GLA can help arthritis, heart disease, obesity, and zinc deficiency. Alcoholism, manic-depression, ageing symptoms and schizophrenia also have been ascribed partially to GLA deficiency. A source of dietary GLA may help conditions of heart disease, premenstrual stress, obesity, arthritis and alcoholism. In Spain, the GLA in spirulina and evening primrose oil is prescribed for treatment of various chronic health problems.
The few known sources of GLA include the plant seed oils of evening primrose plant, black currant and borage seeds, fungal oils, certain algae and human milk.
You can also get some from our formula every day of your life!