Oils – Beyond the Omegas

We all know by now that healthy oil combinations include omega 3’s, 6’s, and 9’s. In recent years omega 7 has found its way into the limelight as well. These fatty acid chains in healthy oils are essential to our total body health. Most people understand the importance of including these in their diet, whether from food, supplements, or both, based on their understanding of the omegas.

Let’s look a little further into other reasons to include healthy oils in our diet besides their essential fatty acid content. Many people have been conditioned to fear oils, because they think that oils will make them fat, are high in calories, or will increase cholesterol levels (see this post for further explanation). It’s time to broaden your view, and take advantage of their health benefits!

Proper use of Oils

When we use oils with food, we typically associate them with cooking or frying using high heat. Ironically, they will give you much more nutritional support when used at low or no heat, and added to your food after cooking or heating.

Keep in mind that oils are volatile. Purchase brands that have as many of these words as possible on the label: organic, non-gmo, unfiltered, raw, extra virgin, and unprocessed. Throw away old oil. They will oxidize over time and we don’t want to ingest rancid oils.

8 Exceptional Oils

Since all of these varieties mentioned below will contain fatty acid chains that will support eyes, brain, skin, heart, and joint health, we will leave those benefits out of the descriptions unless exceptionally important.

Flax Oil – contains many anti-viral, bacterial, and fungal properties

Plantain Oil – contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, speeds healing, supports new skin cell production, great for bronchial passages and sore throats

Coconut Oil – contains anti-viral, bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, Alzheimer’s prevention, cancer and degenerative disease prevention

Olive Oil – supports healthy cholesterol levels, and is high in antioxidants

Avocado Oil – rich source of vitamin E, extremely low in saturated fat, and contains almost no cholesterol

Sesame Oil – supports healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels, high in antioxidants

Pumpkin Seed Oil – high in chlorophyll

Hemp Oil – easily digested and assimilated, contains chlorophyll, anti-cancer properties

This just gets us started when it comes to looking at oils in a different way. The amazing nutritional benefits of essential oils of herbs, and fruit seed oil extracts, will be presented in future posts.

 

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