The Omega Solution: Unleash the Amazing, Scientifically Based Healing Power of Omega-3 & -6 Fatty Acids

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Think of essential fatty acids (EFAs)—both omega-3 and omega-6—as nature's own miracle drug. Research has proven that a proper balance of these nutrients promotes a healthy heart, influences how you think, look, and feel, and enhances your body's ability to fight disease. EFAs even influence how long you live. Yet they are the number one nutritional deficiency in the United States! The good news is that with nutritional supplements or through your regular diet you can begin to reap the profound health benefits of...

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Overview

Think of essential fatty acids (EFAs)—both omega-3 and omega-6—as nature's own miracle drug. Research has proven that a proper balance of these nutrients promotes a healthy heart, influences how you think, look, and feel, and enhances your body's ability to fight disease. EFAs even influence how long you live. Yet they are the number one nutritional deficiency in the United States! The good news is that with nutritional supplements or through your regular diet you can begin to reap the profound health benefits of EFAs today! This complete resource shows you how.



"A well-written, highly practical guide for understanding the importance of essential fatty acids in health and disease."—Michael T. Murray, N.D., co-author, Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine

"Timely, well-researched, and easy to read—a must for everyone interested in optimizing their health and reducing disease."—Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., co-author, Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, member, White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

"From cancer and heart disease to women's health issues, essential fatty acids play a major role in health promotion and the amelioration of disease. This book imparts the knowledge of necessary to properly utilize EFAs to enhance our own health and healing."—Joel M. Evans, M.D., director, The Center for Women's Health
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761517795
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/5/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Goodman, N.D. is an attending physician at Griffin Hospital's Integrative Medicine Center, Connecticut, and has a thriving natural medicine practice. He lives in Trumbell, Connecticut.
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The Omega Solution Q&A
What are the best sources for EFAs?
EFAs can be found in many foods. The most abundant sources are nuts, seeds, cold-water fish, flaxseed oil, and canola oil. Physicians agree that the best way to incorporate EFAs is to get them from foods rather than supplements.
How do EFAs work in the body?
Every cell in the body needs EFAs to function properly. The EFAs provide raw materials that are needed to produce compounds called eicosanoids, which act as "relay station" between cells.
What effect can EFAs have on heart disease?
There's good evidence that EFAs help reduce inflammation in the arteries, which is thought to be a risk factor for coronary artery disease. The EFAs also help maintain the elasticity of arteries and reduce the risk of blood clots.
What effect can EFAs have on Diabetes?
Preliminary research suggests that EFAs may help treat diabetes and also prevent some of the long-term risks. EFAs appear to make the body's cells more sensitive to insulin, the hormone that transports glucose out of the blood and into cells where it's needed.

Copyright 2001 by Jonathan Goodman
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Woodson C. Merrell, M.D.
Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. What Are Essential Fatty Acids?
2. Sources of Essential Fatty Acids
3. How EFAs Work in the Body
4. EFA Deficiency A Common Problem
5. Preventing Heart Disease with EFAs
6. Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis with EPAs
7. Treating Psoriasis and Eczema with EFAs
8. EFAs As Brain Food: Their Role in Healthy Brain and Nerve Function
9. EFAs As Support in the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer
10. EFAs and Diabetes
11. EFAs and Women's Health
12. Other Conditions Treated with EFAs


Kidney Disease
Asthma
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Migraines
13. Nonessential (But Still Useful) Fatty Acids
14. Factors That Influence Fatty Acid Levels

Appendix A: Sources of EFA Products
Appendix B: Laboratories That Perform EFA Analysis
Appendix C: Sources of EFA Information
Notes
Index

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