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Politics & Essential Fatty Acids

Friday, December 01, 2017

We can't help but compare how successful the healing and health- maintenance effects can be when a balanced full spectrum of nutrients are available to work  ​​synergistically in the human body, versus what any party-first instead of country-first elected politicians seem to be able to accomplish for the health and financial well-being of the collective body of the United States.

Let's use omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as our Friday Pearl science example: A study published in a peer-reviewed biochemistry journal suggested that omega-3 fish oil sellers were grossly over simplifying essential fatty acid science by reporting that omega-6 fatty acid intake could become "The plague of the 21st century."

Nutrition-science educated people all know that both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are absolutely essential to help control what we now refer to as silent inflammation. They also know ​that omega-6 fatty acids can be both anti- and pro-inflammatory, brilliantly depending on the needs of the body, particularly when an immediate inflammatory response is required for clotting to stop bleeding, swelling to protect a broken bone, and mounting a fever to control a bacterial invasion.  ​

Omega-6 trans fats

Unfortunately the omega-6 bad rap happened years ago when the ​food industry introduced the shelf life-extending hydrogenation process ​to oils used in baked and fried foods. This process changed ​omega-6 linoleic acid (LA) into a new-to-nature molecule called trans-fatty acids or trans fats.

These destructive molecules were technically no longer essential omega-6 fatty acids. Trans fats proved to be responsible for increased amounts of degenerative disease, which some people still inappropriately blamed on all omega-6 essential fatty acid intake.

The good and bad news: the FDA required that trans fats be removed from our food—but not until almost 10 years after most of the rest of the world had made them illegal. The bad news is that the food industry lobby had enough bought and paid for politicos in their debt to still allow trans fats in our foods at levels just under food label-allowed requirements. They are now listed in small print under "other ingredients."

Back to omega-6 fatty-acid science

Omega-6 dihomo-gamma-linoleic-acid (dGLA), the downstream metabolite of omega-6 linoleic acid (LA) and gamma-linoleic-acid (GLA), along with nutrient cofactors support healthy production of the site-specific series-one prostaglandins associated with mucosal and other tissues including the eye, mouth, nose, ​vagina, and tear film. 

Omega-6 arachidonic acid (AA) series-two pro-inflammatory prostaglandins support appropriate control of inflammatory cytokines and leukotrines, as well as induce production of inflammatio- resolving lipoxin (endogenously produced eicosanoids that support resolution of inflammation).

​Better together

The concomitant use of dietary omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids supports immune system modulation affecting the body, as well as ​ocular surface. tear film, and retinal tissues, since dietary intake and supplementation with both types of fatty acids enhance dGLA incorporation into both tissues, making them vitally important in full body and ocular health maintenance. 

​Ellen Troyer with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff


Again, outrageous claims for individual nutrients ​can often be more fiction than science. Nutrients, including essential fatty acids, most always perform best when they work in concert. 

The same could be said for our two-party system of government, whose goals should always be to address the needs of the whole country, not just the needs of the political party donors who put either party elected officials in office.

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