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Why Saturated Fat is Good for You

October 24th, 2010 No comments
WHY SATURATED FAT IS GOOD FOR YOU

Although we don’t normally consider saturated fat as an essential nutrient, it is just as essential to good health as the essential polyunsaturated fatty acids. We need saturated fat for proper digestive function, growth, and a host of other processes. In fact, saturated fat is an essential component of every single cell in our bodies. It is so important to proper function and good health that nature has incorporated saturated fat into almost all of the foods we eat both of animal and plant origin. Even the so-called polyunsaturated oils like safflower oil, corn oil, and even flaxseed oil contain saturated fat. The World Health Organization and even the American Heart Association recommends that we get saturated fat in our diet to maintain optimal health. This type of information is usually ignored because saturated fat is considered a health hoodlum lurking in our food just to cause problems, and the less we eat the better. But this is simply not true. Nature doesn’t put saturated fat in vegetables, mother’s milk, and other foods for kicks. It’s there for a reason.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), two international committees, recommend a polyunsaturated to saturated fat ratio (P:S) of 0.6:1.0. Or almost twice as much saturated fat as polyunsaturated fat in the diet. The membrane of our cells preferentially chooses saturated and monounsaturated fat for incorporation into its structure. Only in a few specialized structures are the polyunsaturated fats preferentially selected over saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids.

Saturated fat has been tagged a dietary monster, sneaking into our foods to cause untold health problems. Isn’t it interesting that saturated fat has been a staple part of the human diet for thousands of years and yet only recently has it turned bad, or so they say. In reality, saturated fat isn’t as bad as it has been portrayed; most of this negative publicity is profit motivated.

Cholesterol and saturated fat have been tagged as the biggest dietary villains of all time. Scientists are now discovering that cholesterol is not as bad as it has been made out to be. It is, in fact, vital to good health. Cholesterol is so important to the basic operations of life that without it, every cell in our body would become dead masses of fat and protein. Cholesterol is found in all body tissues and comprises an integral part of the cell membrane. Nine-tenths of all the body’s cholesterol is located in the external and internal membranes of cells. It is essential in the production of nerve and brain tissue. It is used by the body to make bile acids necessary for digestion of fats and fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K). Our bodies transform cholesterol into a variety of important hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol, and others. Simply put, without cholesterol we would be dead.

As knowledge of dietary cholesterol has increased, its status as a troublemaker has fallen. As a result, more heat has been placed on saturated fat, which is now considered a much more serious problem. According to the cholesterol theory, coronary artery disease is caused by cholesterol buildup in arteries, so why is saturated fat condemned? Saturated fat is attacked because our bodies can turn it into cholesterol. We get more cholesterol from saturated fat than we do from the cholesterol in our food. But this native cholesterol, which is made by our liver, is the naterial used to build healthy cells and is not the “oxidized” or damaged cholesterol that finds its way inside artery walls. So eating saturated fat contributes little, if anything, to the development of atherosclerosis and heart disease. Since ordinary cholesterol is not a factor in the development of heart disease, saturated fat, likewise, is not the problem it is made out to be.

History has proven this fact. Our ancestors lived on a diet rich in grease, lard, and butter. Those were the only oils they ever used. It wasn’t until the 20th century that vegetable oils became widely available. Use of oils rich in saturated fat have declined over time while vegetable oils have skyrocketed. Along with the greater use of vegetable oil and the decreased use of saturated fat has come a plague of degenerative diseases that the world has never known before. To blame cholesterol and saturated fat for the heart disease, cancer, and other degenerative diseases does not fit the facts and is inconsistent with the historical record.

There have been many studies that demonstrate that saturated fat is not nearly as bad as it has been made out to be. If saturated fat consumption caused heart disease then eliminating it from the diet would prevent the illness. The Lancet reported a study of 2,000 men who went on a low saturated fat diet to see how that would affect cardiovascular health. The study found that those participants who went on diets low in saturated fat didn’t experience any reduction in heart attack death risk over a two year period. If eliminating saturated fat didn’t stop heart disease from developing, it is logical to assume there is another cause.

Researchers have shown in animal studies that saturated fatty acids actually help to prevent stroke rather than cause it. In particular, Dr. Yamori reported decreased stroke incidence among rats fed a high-fat, high cholesterol diet. In addition, Dr. Ikeda demonstrated a dcreased stroke risk among rats fed a diet high in milk fat.

Two ecological studies in the 1980s from Japan found correlations between increased fat intake and decreased death from ischemic stroke in humans. In another cohort study of Japanese men living in Hawaii, intake of both total fat and saturated fat was inversely associated with all stroke mortality, after adjustment for multiple risk factors. These studies were generally ignored because they were contrary to the prevailing belief that saturated fat promotes ischemic stroke rather than protects us from it.

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Topical Essential, Plant and Animal Oils for Hair Growth – Your Feedback is Needed

September 19th, 2010 2 comments


I’m researching using topical oils to stop hair loss, thicken hair, and re-grow hair. I’ve found many recipes and mixes of oils, and many positive testimonials. It seems some combinations of oils work for some people but no one recipe works for everybody.

Below I am posting a list of all the oils I have come across that are being used for hair health, regrowth, thickening and to reduce scalp inflammation and itching and disinfect as well.

I am posting this list here so you can take a look at it; if you see a missing ingredient that you know can help please leave a comment. If you have used any of these oils alone or in combination (in a recipe) also please leave a comment below.  If you know of anything related to these oils (side effects, Ayurveda connection, Chinese medicine, or any historical use) also leave a comment.

As I continue to research this area slowly (due to a busy schedule) I will share what I find. Certainly your input here will help me cover more ground and find important information thanks to your help, I am certain that I will find that magic mixture or that best single oil that will work for me and my hair and for others, female and male.

Why do I think topical oils work? a few reasons include: your skin will “eat” these oils as it absorbs them, many oils have anti-inflammatory properties, anti-septic properties .. killing of scalp bugs, removing sebum, and eliminating inflammation can all allow the hair to grow healthy again.

Naturally, a diet and supplementation regimen is needed to have the nutrients needed and eliminate other sources for hair issues. Also, you need a mind-body approach, a positive attitude, hypnosis, relaxation, deep breathing, exercise, yoga, massages and others can all complement and strengthen the effects of a beneficial a diet, regimen and topicals, thus a healthy mind-body will inevitably lead to healthy (healthier) hair.

Here’s the list of essential oils, plant oils and animal oils that are used for hair health, growth and thickness:

  • rosemary oil
  • lavender oil
  • thyme oil
  • peppermint oil
  • cedarwood / atlast cedarwood oil
  • tea tree oil
  • eucalyptus oil
  • aloe vera oil/gel
  • grapeseed oil
  • arnica oil
  • sandalwood oil
  • lemon / lime oil
  • Amla hair oil
  • almond oil
  • sage oil
  • rosewood oil
  • lemon balm (melissa officnalis)
  • broccoli oil
  • tata oil
  • cactus oil
  • clove oil
  • cinnamon oil
  • chamomile oil
  • ginger oil/tea
  • borage oil
  • castor oil
  • flax oil
  • chia oil
  • hemp oil
  • sage oil
  • burdock
  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • emu oil
  • jojoba oil

Thanks for sharing!!

Five Cancer-Causing Foods

November 18th, 2008 No comments

There are some foods that people should avoid. Health researcher Mike Adams said, people should avoid foods that contain ingredients known to cause cancer, such as refined sugars, refined grains, hydrogenated oils, MSGs, and nitrates. This is all common-sensical. Check the list to see if you already knew about these foods.

This article lists five foods that may just be the worst foods ever.

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