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Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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There's one basic reason why you read and hear so much about the essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids these days.  Back in the early 1980s nutritional scientists figured out that the balance of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids in animal bodies had a dynamic impact on the health of animals.  After numerous experiments and observations they determined that the optimal fatty acid balance by weight in the membranes of cells turns out to be one to one -- Omega-6 to Omega-3.  They also noted that grain, grain-based foods, grain-fed livestock products, nuts, most seeds, and many fruits are deficient in the critically important Omega-3 Fatty Acid compared to the Omega-6 fatty acid load.  Therefore they correctly concluded that the Omega-3 Fatty Acid deficiency was caused by grain and other seasonal foods made plentiful by modern agriculture because the balance of essential fatty acids in them is way out of whack with animal body requirements

The imbalance of Omega-6 out weighing the Omega-3 in cell membranes is interpreted as a deficiency of Omega-3s in animal (and human) bodies.  This imbalance leads to body failures.  Body failures are called chronic diseases.  Consequently, all chronic diseases can be traced to eating grain, grain-based foods, grain-fed livestock products, nuts, most seeds, and many fruits!  (Also, high glycemic foods are very dangerous.)  Unfortunately, whenever you read or hear about the Omega-3 Fatty Acids rarely are you told about fatty acid imbalances and that most of our nation's food staples are the actual source of the problem.  This disconnect is one of the great travesties of the modern information age.

Of Mice, Cattle, and Man

Is grain good for cattle?  Have you ever wondered?  Or do cattlemen feed grain because others feed grain and the cattle seem to grow quite well?  Of course, there's that mantra everyone hears that grain-fed cattle make better-tasting beef. And another mantra Agricultural Extension beats the drum over is that cattle with high quantities of intramuscular fat are going to be more tender, better tasting, and more profitable.  Of course, that's not always the case, but that's not the first time Extension didn't let the facts get in the way of being correct.

The Omega-3 Scam

Are claims for curing various chronic diseases with Omega-3 supplementation a health food industry marketing scam?

I have reviewed scores of scientific reports dealing with the effectiveness of Omega-3 supplements for curing or suppressing various chronic diseases.  By and large the peer-reviewed studies have not been very supportive of the health nuts who promote Omega-3 supplementation.  Is that why those who seek scientific confirmation for the benefits of Omega-3 supplementation get turned off when they read the literature?

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Commencing in the late 1970s a few medical journals started reporting on Omega-3 fatty acids.  Thus launched the beginning of what has now resulted in literally tens of thousands of peer-reviewed research reports that show, indicate, and prove the positive role Omega-3 fatty acids play in body function.  Yet in spite of the many thousands of research reports that detail how critical the balance of essential fatty acids (EFAs) is for health, the very important aspect of actually understanding what has been learned about fats is lost on the modern medical profession, most nutritionists, the m