People in the U.S. consume a dangerously inadequate amount of Omega-3, a fat which is essential to good health but is only found in fish oil and a few other foods. Meanwhile, our intake of Omega-6 fats, another fat found in soy , corn, sunflower and other oils, is much too high.
cod liver oil and fish oil
Experts looking at the dietary ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids suggest that in early human history the ratio was about 1:1, however the typical American's ratio is around 20:1 to 50:1! Generally our diet contains far too much omega 6 fats. For most of us, this means greatly reducing the omega-6 fatty acids we consume and increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acids. I strongly recommend you avoid corn, sunflower, soy , safflower, canola, or products which contain these oils. This means no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats, no margarine , no shortening, no vegetable oil. These oils are full of omega-6 fats and will only worsen your omega 6/omega 3 ratio. You want to emphasize high quality extra virgin olive oil , organic butter, coconut oil and avocados. You don’t need to be concerned with the quantity of fat in your diet, rather you need to be concerned with the TYPE - and saturated fat is not the enemy. Saturated fats, found mostly in animal products like butter, cheese and fatty meats, are not as dangerous as you may believe. Saturated fats offer a number of health benefits and play many important roles in the body. Some vegetable oils (coconut and palm) also contain saturated fat. Coconut oil is a particularly healthy choice. Trans-fatty acids, formed through a process called "hydrogenation", are found in processed foods and fried foods. Trans-fatty acids are much worse for you than saturated fats. Not only can they raise LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and lower HDL (good) cholesterol, but they have also been linked to heart disease . Benefits of the omega-3 found in cod liver oil and fish oil Omega 3 helps prevent and fight heart disease , cancer , depression , arthritis , Alzheimer's disease, ulcers, diabetes, hyperactivity and other diseases. Omega 3 increases your ability to concentrate as well as your energy level. While a helpful form of Omega-3 can be found in flaxseed , walnuts and a few other foods, the most beneficial form of Omega-3 - containing 2 fatty acids, EPA and DHA which are essential in preventing and fighting both physical and mental illness - can be found only in fish. Unfortunately, however, I would advise you against consuming a lot of fish, whether naturally-caught or farm-raised, because fish of all varieties from any waters are now showing dangerously high levels of the highly toxic, tasteless metal, mercury .
I recommend the following addition to everyone's diet - children, seniors and everyone in between - cod liver oil and fish oil.
cod liver oil and fish oil
The main difference between fish oil and cod liver oil is that cod liver oil is high in vitamin D. The cod liver oil has the advantage of providing vitamin D, which is necessary for most of us in the United States in the cold months of winter, when we don't get very much sun exposure on our skin in order to make vitamin D. Many people get confused about the difference between fish oil liquid and cod liver oil. You can consider cod liver oil as fish oil+. The 2 are the same except that cod liver oil contains natural vitamin D and A. I would recommend limiting your fish consumption and I suggest you consider replacing it with cod liver oil. This is NOT the cod liver oil which typically comes to mind, from many decades ago. An additional way to increase omega 3 fats in your diet would be to use freshly ground flax seeds (just use an inexpensive coffee grinder), but I would tend to favor cod liver oil and fish oil.
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