Research is now close to having a “unified theory of a disease” known as inflammation. Many illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and depression can be linked to or caused by inflammation. The United States now boasts an 88% rate of chronic disease (Araújo, Cai, & Stevens, 2018) of which almost all related to inflammatory issues! But how does inflammation get there?
Inflammation can occur due to a number of reasons and from a number of causes:
- Most commonly, the food we eat
How does food rot?
Do you ever wonder how a box of crackers can last for so long on a shelf? Or all those expiry dates that go beyond a year or more? How does food go bad anyways? Food rots or goes rancid from exposure to oxygen. The oxygen attacks fats that are in the food and then causes it to rot; for example, the smell of rotting fish is actually a breakdown (oxidation) of fatty acids.
How do you stop this process?
There are two ways to stop this process:
- Remove the fats and replace them with carbs. This is generally done in the manufacturing of something like candy (which never rots).
- Replace the normal oxygen-loving fats with fats that can't absorb oxygen, such as margarine, canola oil, soy oil or corn oil, which are processed vegetable oils.
The problem with the two methods mentioned above is that they are removing/replacing fats that our bodies actually require. We need those unadulterated fats in order for our cells to function properly, especially Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats, which are known as essential fatty acids.
The most common method used for processing oils is called the pre-press solvent extraction. The oil must go through this process before it can be ready for consumption or use. This method is a long process of extracting the oil from the seed. It includes several steps such as seed cooking, solvent extraction and processing of oil, just to name a few.
What happens when you replace those fats?
When you replace the correct Omega-3 and -6 fats with the processed fats you run into a very big problem. These fats are required because they can absorb oxygen; they allow the oxygen to pass into the cell for aerobic metabolism, which allows the cell to produce energy. Deficiencies in fatty acids can lead to illnesses such as liver and kidney problems, reduced growth rate, and depression.
When you have these adulterated fats in your cells, your body is put under stress. This causes inflammation, leading to a host of other diseases associated with it.
Be good to your cells: supplement them with the proper plant-based omegas that are fresh such as Pure Form Omega® Natural. You will feel a difference within two weeks! An adequate intake of fresh, unprocessed Omega-3 and -6 has numerous health benefits such as reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, menstrual pain, joint pain, and cancer.
Araújo, J., Cai, J., & Stevens, J. (2018). “Prevalence of Optimal Metabolic Health in American Adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009–2016,” Metabolic Symptoms and Related Disorders, https://doi.org/10.1089/met.2018.0105