Archive for July, 2011

Could increasing your intake of oils help a condition caused by excess oil?

Just about everyone knows that oils, and in particular skin oils, have a large role to play in causing acne. For that reason it may seem counterintuitive to suggest that using fish oil for acne relief could work. After all how could taking more oil into your system help with a problem that is created by excess oil in the first place?

Fish oil contains the Omega 3 essential fatty acids. These are fats which are not produced in your body and which are essential for good health.

Whilst some oils are bad for your health generally that’s not true of all oils, and the same applies fish oil and acne. Acne is a skin reaction to an excess of skin oils, (called sebum), and the reaction of your skin is to create inflammation in the pores.

The Omega 3 essential fatty acids which are most common in fish are extremely effective at reducing inflammation, and this is one of the reasons why they are effective at helping reduce the incidence of some health problems. It is also why using Omega 3 for acne relief can be effective.

Increasing your intake of the Omega 3 fatty acids can be extremely good for your skin generally, and is one of the best ways to improve your overall skin health and complexion. Some authorities now recommend that a good skin care routine includes taking Omega 3 supplements.Fish oil for acne

However using fish oil for acne relief is not just about reducing inflammation in the skin. There’s another reason. One of the causes of acne is not just an excess production of sebum in the skin but is also an increase in the numbers of a particular bacteria (Propionibacterium Acnes) which thrives on that sebum.

This bacteria is found in the follicles of skin because there is sebum there, and as the supply of the skin oil increases the supply of the bacteria increases as well.

The body produces more white blood cells in the area to combat this, and there you have your acne.

As the Omega 3 essential fatty acids are also effective antibacterials this is the second reason why increasing your intake of the Omega 3 fats, commonly by taking quality Omega 3 supplements, may also be effective at helping acne sufferers.

Of course this doesn’t mean that taking Omega 3 supplements is a stand-alone treatment for acne, it isn’t. Like many things it is simply one of the tools in your arsenal to combat acne. If you suffer from acne make sure you get professional advice to help control it.

But controlling acne may well include more Omega 3 essential fatty acids in your diet.

And of course there’s a wide range of other reasons why your more general health will thank you for increasing your intake of the Omega3 fats. And those reasons are listed on the right for your further reading.

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Omega 3 fats are healthy. Not Omega 6. Why?

The health benefits of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids are relatively well-known now, but what is less well known is that there are other essential fatty acids as well. One of these fatty acids is called Omega 6.

Whilst the principal, but not the only source of Omega 3 fats is seafood, the source of the Omega 6 fats is different.

As we said, fish is not the only source of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids. In the past beef, for example, was also a good source of the Omega 3 fats. We don’t intend to canvas everything to do with the level of Omega 3 essential fatty acids found in modern day beef, we’ve already done that in our article about Omega 3 in beef.

But to recap briefly, grass fed cattle are much higher in Omega 3 essential fatty acids because of the Omega 3 fats found in the grass. Grain fed cattle, which are the source of most of our beef, have very little if any of the essential fatty acids called Omega 3.

But what we didn’t explain in that article, because it wasn’t particularly relevant to that topic, was the Omega 6 found in beef.

Because if you’re eating beef tonight many of the nutrients in that beef come from what the animal ate. And now, as a result of modern feeding practices, beef is very high in Omega 6.

100 years ago, it is estimated, our Omega 3 Omega 6 ratio was about 1 to 1, in other words we ate as much Omega 3 as Omega 6. Estimates vary widely now, but we’ve seen some estimates that our ratio is as high as 1 to 20 or even more.

That’s because some foods which have made their way into our diet, and which we now eat a lot of, are very high in Omega 6. Most of our cooking oils are included in that category for example. And processed foods are also loaded with Omega 6, often because they contain large amounts of oil, usually the cheaper variety.

Olive oil is not loaded with Omega 6, but is rarely found in many foods.Omega 6 in salmon

And you can also get a relatively high intake from fish. Surprising as that might sound if you eat the wrong type of fish you are getting lots of Omega 6. And what is the wrong type of fish? Farmed salmon, which is the salmon that almost all of us eat. We rarely eat the wild variety, which is much healthier.

As our Omega 3 Omega 6 ratio has changed over the last century the incidence of lifestyle diseases has risen, though the changing ratio may not explain this. However many researchers now consider that our lower level of Omega 3 intake, and our higher level of Omega 6 intake, may well explain some of the problems we are finding with our health.

Whilst the Omega 3 fats are very effective at fighting inflammation in the body the Omega 6 fats have the opposite effect, and can lead to increased inflammation. Many health professionals now consider that it is extremely likely that chronic inflammation in our body triggers or contributes to many lifestyle diseases.

The old saying is probably very accurate, you are what you eat. There is solid evidence about the health benefits of increasing your intake of the Omega 3 fats, the best way by taking quality Omega3 supplements, but there is also growing evidence that our increasing intake of Omega 6 fats should be halted.

Or just about everyone this will require some serious thinking about what you eat.

But follow some basic principles, and you’re on your way. Avoid fast foods, avoid too many processed foods, cook with original ingredients, keep your intake of fruit and vegetables high and cook with olive oil, and you’ll be on your way.

And don’t forget to take your Omega 3 capsules as well.

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