Superior Fats vs. the Bad Fats
Bad Fats - Do not eat!
Saturated fats come from animal sources. These fats are harder for the body to break down, which leads to atherogenesis and a myriad of other health problems, such as: high cholesterol, obesity, heart disease, cancer, Type2 Diabetes, cognitive decline, and contribute to the risks of Alzheimer's Disease.
The biggest offenders:
High fat dairy products [cheese, whole mild, whole-milk yogurt, cream, butter, and regular icecream.
Fatty fresh and procssed meats [salami, sandwich meats, pastrami, mortadella, and other cured meats.
The skin and fat of poultry.
Rendered animal fats [lard, shortening, tallow, suet]
Transfats commonly found in processed foods. Have been altered by partial hydrogenation, which forces oils to become solid. Due to this "artfully engineered transformation," transfats cannot be legally labeled as monounsaturated or polyunsaturated. And, like saturated fats lead to health problems and have zero health benefits and contain no essential fatty acids.
Superior Fats, The Food Your Body Needs- Eat!
Unsaturated Fats - contain those essential fatty acids our bodies need to thrive and don't raise blood-cholesterol.They are found in natural vegetable oils especially olive and canola oils; nuts and seeds, avocados, and many fish.
Monounsaturated fatty acids MUFAs - olive oil, grapeseed, peanut, sesame, corn, safflower, canola, sunflower.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids PUFAs - the brain healthiest fats you can consume - leafy greens, seeds, nuts, soybean oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, and fatty fish. With one meal a week of fish, you reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease between 40-60%. That's right a single meal per week is all it takes!
Omega 3, Omega 6, Omega 9 are polyunsaturated fatty aids crucial to the development of many central nervous system functions, are building blocks for hormones that control immune functions, blood clotting, cell growth and cell membranes.
To maintain optimum health, both Omega 3 and Omega 6 must be in balance as Omega 6 tends to increase inflammation [an important component of the immune response, blood clotting, and cell proliferation] while Omega 3 fatty acids decrease those functions. This imbalance has beem linked to a wide range of diseases: asthma, coronary heart disease, many forms of cancer, autoimmune and neurodegerative diseases, and may contribute to depression, dyslexia, hyperactivity, and obesity.
Make an effort to consume Omega 3 and 6 in equal amounts by diet and by professional brands vitamins and nutritional supplements.
Two critical Omega 3s are DHA and EPA both of which are essential to the integrity of brain cells, the demise of which is a hallmark of Alzheimer's. Persons with lower levels of DHA/EPA have been found to have Alzheimer's.
The best protection is to take charge of your health now, and reap the benefits for the rest of your life. "Treat your brain right while it's still healthy and you will extend the life of your mind and body for many years to come."Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, MD Geriatric Neurologist.
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