AIM AIMega™ details
Why are EFAs so important?
The inadequate intake of EFAs is one of the most widespread nutritional deficiencies in the modern diet. EFAs cannot be made by the body and their availability is totally dependent upon dietary sources. The body’s immune system cannot be
efficient without EFAs and the prostaglandins they produce. Without EFAs, continual and cumulative damage occurs to the cell membranes, which erodes our health, weakens our immunity, accelerates aging, and contributes toward disease.
Omega-3 fatty acids in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and the omega-6 fatty acids in the form of linoleic acid (LA) are critically important for good health. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids affect growth, vitality, and mental state. They are involved in converting food substances into usable energy, and play a role in cardiovascular health, as well as maintaining overall health and well-being for virtually every body system.
Consuming these fatty acids through the diet allows the body to make all the essential fats it needs to support healthy cellular and immune function. The omega-9 (oleic fatty acids) are monounsaturated and not essential to the diet because the body can make them from other fatty acids, although they are recommended for overall good health and to prevent disease.
Flax oil is a good source of omega-3 (ALA)
Flax seed oil is one of the best sources of omega-3 (ALA) essential fatty acids. ALA must be consumed through the diet as the body is unable to manufacture it. Flax oil typically contains double the amount of omega-3 (ALA) found in an equal quantity of fish oil. (Flax oil contains 50-55 percent ALA). Flax oil also contains omega-6 (LA) for good health.
Omega-3 fatty acids are important to promote cardiovascular health and immune system function, as well as kidney function, and hormone synthesis. ALA can help to decrease the risk of arrhythmias, heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis, and blood clots; it helps modulate blood lipid levels, decrease high triglycerides; and helps decrease high blood pressure. Omega-3 fatty acids (ALA) can be useful in managing arthritis, as well as reducing
inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, as well as eczema, lupus, and fibromyalgia.
Strong evidence suggests that ALA has a protective effect on coronary heart disease. In the 10-year Nurses’ Health Study, the risk of heart attack was reduced by 45 percent in individuals consuming a high intake of ALA. The Health Professionals Follow Up Study found a similar decrease in risk for men who increased their ALA intake by 1 percent. Similarly, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Family Heart Study found a decreased risk
of up to 70 percent in women with high intakes of ALA (0.96 g ALA per day).
Strong scientific evidence also supports the use of ALA (omega-3) as a protective measure against certain types of cancer. In one study, it was found that women with high levels of ALA in their adipose breast tissue had a 60 percent lower risk of breast cancer than women with low levels of ALA.
Additionally, a portion of ALA is metabolized by the body into the longer-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, and these fatty acids are well-known to support brain and cognitive function, and are important for good mental health, especially as we age.
Omega-6 and -9 included for a balanced ratio of good fats
When consuming good fats, we need to ensure that we are getting the right balance of omega-3 and omega-6. While there is a wide range of opinion about the optimal ratios of fat, virtually all experts agree that North Americans consume too much omega-6 (as well as omega-9) from hydrogenated oils and processed foods. In addition to flax oil, which is an excellent source of omega-3 (also includes omega-6), the AIMega® blend includes olive oil,
which is a good source of omega-6 and an excellent source of omega-9. Omega-6 content from healthy sources, such as olive oil, is lacking in the average diet. Olive oil has been found to decrease blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart attack, decrease high lipids, and reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The AIMega® formula also includes sunflower and sesame seed oil to further enhance the optimal ratio of good fats in the
diet for omega-6 and -9.
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