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The importance of Essential Fatty Acids to Women’s Health

GLA

These days, many of us neglect the importance of quality oils and fats in maintaining our health and the prevention of certain diseases.
Essential fatty acids play an important role in producing hormones, cell membrane function, regulating pain, inflammation and swelling, dilating or constricting blood vessels, mediating our immune response, regulating smooth muscle responses, preventing blood clots, regulating blood pressure and nerve transmission, regulating cholesterol levels, and much, much more. Deficiencies of essential fatty acids can lead to many health problems for men and women and some that are particular to women.
The Fatty Acid Science
Essential fatty acids (EFA’s) must be obtained from the diet or supplementation because our bodies cannot make them. Although all fatty acids are the major building blocks of all fats, the most important ones are linoleic acid (LA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). LA is an essential omega-6 fatty acid and ALA is an essential omega-3 fatty acid. We need both omega-6 and omega-3 oils but the balance of omega-6 to omega-3 oils is critical to the proper metabolism of prostaglandins which are important for the regulation of inflammation, pain, blood pressure, fluid balance, blood clotting, steroid production and hormone synthesis, heart, kidney and gut function, and nerve function.
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Without adequate amounts of GLA and EPA, prostaglandin 1 and 3 production will be reduced. With an improper balance between omega-6 oils and omega-3 oils, too much prostaglandin series 2 (PGE2) will be produced which is a pro-inflammatory prostaglandin. Both a reduction in the anti-inflammatory prostaglandins and an increase in the pro-inflammatory prostaglandins lead to problems. For women, these problems may include premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramps, abnormal menstrual bleeding, pregnancy related problems and fetal development, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and breast disease.
Premenstrual syndrome
The main strategy of supplementing with essential fatty acids for PMS is an attempt to raise the body’s own formation of PGE1. The most popular method of doing so has been to supplement with evening primrose oil products in order to supply increased levels of gamma linolenic acid. The effects of EPO have been shown to be best for clumsiness and headaches although all symptoms including depression, irritability, bloating and breast tenderness showed a marked improvement. Other sources of oils that contain gamma linolenic acid and raise PGE1 include borage oil, black currant oil and rape seed oil.
Menstrual cramps
The best medicinal foods for menstrual cramps are those foods that increase the antispasmodic prostaglandins, the PGE1 series and the PGE3 series. Certain fish, like salmon, tuna, halibut, and sardines contain linolenic acid, which is a fatty acid that helps to relax muscles by the production of these prostaglandins. There are many seeds and nuts that are sources of linoleic acid and linolenic acid, which also then produce these muscle relaxing prostaglandins. The best seed sources of both these fatty acids are flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds. Sesame seeds and sunflower seeds are excellent sources of linoleic acid.
Sunflower Seeds
In the second half of the menstrual cycle, omega-6 fatty acids, particularly arachidonic acid, are released. Subsequently, an increase in PGE2 occurs, causing uterine contractions leading to a lack of oxygen to the uterine muscles and the subsequent pain. Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, compete with omega-6 fatty acids and result in the production of the PGE-1 and 3 series. Based on these observations, the use of essential fatty acid supplementation can be very effective in the prevention and treatment of menstrual cramps.
Supplementation with flax oil (high in omega-3 fatty acids), borage oil (high in LA and GLA), black currant oil (high in LA and GLA), evening primrose oil(high in LA and GLA), and fish oils (high in omega- 3 oils), is one way of favorably altering the synthesis of the beneficial prostaglandins; the end result likely will be less uterine contractions and less menstrual pains.
Borage
After the rise of progesterone in the second half of the menstrual cycle followed by its decline right before menstruation – progesterone withdrawal – omega-6 fatty acids, particularly arachidonic acid, are released. Subsequently, an increase in PGF2 alpha and PGE2 occurs, causing uterine contractions leading to ischemia and pain. Instead of inhibiting ovulation and therefore the progesterone effect, or inhibiting the synthesis of prostaglandins with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, the omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, compete with omega-6 fatty acids and result in the production of the PGE1 and PGE3 series. Based on these observations, the use of fish oil containing omega-3 fatty acids as a supplement seems logical and attractive.

 

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FEBRUARY 2013 PROMO: OMEGA GUARD

OmegaGuard
I apologize for abandoning this space for so long ! I have been so busy I haven’t had the time to update my personal blog either.

Anywayyy, have ya’ll already found out about FEBRUARY’S PROMOTION ITEM ?

It’s OMEGA GUARD !

 
 
And there is ONLY 8 DAYS LEFT to enjoy this ONCE A YEAR PROMO PRICE !!
 
Shaklee OmegaGuardTM is a dietary supplement containing fish oil.  One serving of OmegaGuardTM provides 1000mg of omega-3 fatty acids including DHA and EPA.  
EVERYONE can benefit from the omega-3 fatty acids in OMEGA GUARD.
 

 
 It is good for promoting proper brain function in CHILDREN (1 year old onwards) and ADULTS. PREGNANT and BREASTFEEDING mothers should take OMEGA GUARD for their babies. :) 
Fact: EPA and DHA in a pregnant woman’s diet can lead have a positive impact towards her baby’s visual and cognitive development. High Omega-3 consumption during pregnancy can reduce the risk of allergies in baby. Hah !
 
Researches have also proved that omega-3 fatty acids can help REDUCE INFLAMMATION and can help reduce the risk of CHRONIC DISEASES such as HEART DISEASES, CANCER and JOINT PROBLEMS ! 
 
Omega-3 fatty acids can also help BURN FAT because it helps to increase the ‘leptin’ hormone which suppresses appetite and it also increases metabolism ! Woahh, who wouldn’t want to get all the BRAIN & HEARTY GOODNESS of omega-3 while BURNING FAT ? 
Shaklee’s OMEGA GUARD is the BEST fish oil, percaya tak ?
It is the ONLY fish oil supplement which is ULTRA PURE – FREE FROM HEAVY METAL CONTAMINANTS ! Th ONLY fish oil supplement which goes through a TRIPLE MOLECULAR DISTILLATION process to really get rid of contaminants and to prevent the formation of the bad trans fat !

The furthest a few other brands have gone is double molecular distillation (according to Ms. Celine Lim from Shaklee) but OMEGA GUARD takes it a step further to ensure the SAFEST fish oil for all of us. :)


A few positive feedbacks of Omega Guard consumers:

“AlhamduLILLAH, berkat USAHA, DOA dan TAWAKAL pada ALLAH dan KONSISTEN dengan MEALSHAKES, OMEGA GUARD dan CHEWABLE VITAMIN C, finally Paediatrician Irfan dah turunkan dose inhaler dari 2 kali sehari ke sekali sehari sahaja. Irfan has been diagnosed chronic bronchitis (orang tua-tua kata asthma) since 5months old dan Irfan kena pakai inhaler since then, but now AlhamduLILLAH, KONSISTEN dan SABAR dengan vitamin-vitamin Shaklee dah setahun lebih ini, she is sooo impressed dengan POSITIVE IMPROVEMENT Irfan for this year. NO NEBULISER since January 2012, pecah rekodd! :-))” 
Puan Lia


testimoni… mealshake + omega guard
sebelum:
1. selalu asthma
2. kulit selalu ruam
3. gatal2
4. alah susu lembu
5. muntah2
6. tongse slalu kna n cepat demam
7. berat badan susut
8. x selera makan

selepas 2 bulan amik mealkshake n omega :
1. asthma n batuk kurang
2. da x amik nabulizer sejak 3 bulan lepas
3. selera makan bertambah
4. berat badan naik
5. da mula minum susu lembu ( jimat 80% dari beli susu soya)
6. kulit da x ruam
7. kalau kne gigit nyamuk da x melarat atau berkudis…
8. tongse pun da kurang dan demam pun cepat baik…”
-Puan Che Saida Tina



“Beberapa bulan selepas bersalin, ibu jari dan pergelangan tangan kiri saya mula rasa sakit, nak dukung baby pun susah. Nak angkat apa-apa dengan tangan kiri memang tak boleh. Kadang ibu jari tu macam ter’snap’ dan sakit, and boleh terlepas apa-apa barang yang sedang dipegang. Rasa macam kena De Quervain’s Syndrome. Pernah cuba urut, Alhamdulillah OK but sekejap sahaja dah sakit semula.

Saya start makan 3 capsules OmegaGuard setiap hari dan selepas habis sebotol (sebulan), dah noticed yang tangan ini dah tak sakit dah. Of course selama sebulan tu dah try avoid menggunakan tangan kiri banyak-banyak. But Alhamdulillah dengan Omega Guard, tiada lagi ibu jari ter’snap’ and sakit lagi, nak dukung my baby pun boleh dengan senang hati nya. Alhamdulillah. :)

Omega-3 yang terdapat di dalam Omega Guard mempunyai anti-inflammatory properties (anti-keradangan) yang telah membantu melegakan kesakitan yang saya alami selama ini. Alhamdulillah. Ini kisah benar ye, hehe. :)

Sebab itulah bulan ini saya WAJIB buat stok sendiri banyak-banyak sementara promosi Omega Guard. :)”
Puan Melissa


 
Shaklee OmegaGuardTM is for the WHOLE FAMILY !
So what are you waiting for ?
CONTACT ME NOW ! :)

*These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease
For more information and to order, contact:
Melissa Raffur
Shaklee Independent Distributor [ID: 889132]
hunnylis@gmail.com
SMS/Whatsapp: 012 296 6442

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The Mega Benefits of Omega-3’s

Thinking of banning fat entirely from your diet ?

Don’t !
Some types of fat can actually prevent disease and improve health ! The key lies in a general understanding of fats, and in knowing which fats to emphasize in your diet.

The Fat Family Tree
The family of fat is very complex, so to make it less confusing, picture it as a family tree. At the top, there are two different families of fat—saturated fat and unsaturated fat. Saturated fat (butter is one example) is packed with hydrogen atoms, making it solid at room temperature. Unsaturated fat (like olive oil) contains fewer hydrogen atoms, so it is liquid at room temperature. The family of unsaturated fat includes two children: monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat. In the polyunsaturated fat family, you’ll find omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids, and it is the omega-3 family that has been making headlines in the nutrition world.

3 Types of Omega-3’s
There are actually three types of fatty acids that are collectively referred to as omega-3’s: ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic), and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Besides being hard to pronounce, they are extremely important to your health. Omega-3’s are “essential” fatty acids, because they are necessary for health and must be included in your diet (because the human body cannot manufacture them on its own). But what exactly are they used for, and what do they do for human health?

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Mega Health Benefits
Extensive research indicates that omega-3 fats reduce inflammation, helping to prevent inflammatory diseases like heart disease and arthritis. In addition to warding off inflammation, omega-3’s are also essential to the brain, impacting behavior and cognitive function, and are especially necessary during fetal development. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMM), omega-3’s may also:

  • Improve artery health by helping to reduce plaque buildup and blood clots in arteries that lead to the brain.
  • Improve cholesterol by lowering triglycerides and elevating HDL (good cholesterol) levels. These benefits come primarily from DHA and EPA.
  • Improve joint health by reducing joint tenderness and stiffness associated with arthritis and osteoarthritis.
  • Improve bone health by positively impacting the body’s calcium levels, reducing the incidence of bone loss.
  • Improve mental health by helping to insulate nerve cells in the brain, allowing these nerve cells to better communicate with one another. People who are deficient in omega-3’s may suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and ADHD.
  • Improve skin health by helping to alleviate symptoms related to skin disorders like acne and psoriasis.
  • Improve bowel health by reducing inflammation of the bowels, helping alleviate symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Improve lung health by reducing inflammation in diseases like asthma. 
  • Improve menstrual health by reducing the pain associated with PMS and menstruation.
  • Help prevent cancer. Colon, breast, and prostate cancers have all been correlated with low intakes of omega-3’s.

Sources of Omega-3’s
The three different types of omega-3’s are found in specific types of foods.

  • ALA is found in foods of plant origin. The richest source of ALA is flaxseed, but it is also found in hempseed, canola oil, soybeans, soybean oil, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed oil, linseeds, walnuts, and walnut oil. Once ingested, the body converts ALA into EPA and DHA, allowing it to be more readily used by the body. However, this conversion isn’t very efficient. That’s why experts recommend including EPA and DHA sources in your diet as well.
  • DHA is found in seafood, algae, and coldwater fish such as salmon, sardines and albacore tuna. *Note: Fish oil supplements and vegetarian DHA supplements (containing algae) are also available in liquid and capsule form, but always consult your health care provider before taking any supplements. Only use fish oil supplements that have been certified to be free of heavy metal contaminants like mercury.
  • EPA is found in many of the same foods as DHA, including cold-water fish such as salmon, and sardines, as well as cod liver, herring, mackerel, and halibut. *Note: Fish oil and vegetarian algae supplements are also good sources of EPA, but always consult your health care provider before taking any supplements. Only use fish oil supplements that have been certified to be free of heavy metal contaminants like mercury.
  • Enriched eggs that contain all three types of omega-3 fatty acids are readily available these days. These eggs are enriched by adding flaxseed or algae to the hens’ diets so that they produce eggs that are rich in healthy fats. According to the Flax Council, omega-3-enriched eggs provide almost half of the recommended daily level of ALA and one-quarter of the recommended daily level of EPA and DHA—the same amount that can be found in 3 ounces of fish.
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SHAKLEE OMEGA GUARD
The best fish oil supplement !
Shaklee OmegaGuard contains the full spectrum of the naturally occurring 7 types of omega-3 fatty acids including EPA, DHA and ALA extracted from deep-sea cold water fish.
One serving of OmegaGuardTM provides 1000mg of omega-3 fatty acids including DHA and EPA.

 

 

Shaklee’s OmegaGuard does not contain heavy metal contaminants such as plumbum, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, dioxin or PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl).
 
 *These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease

For more information and to order, contact:
Melissa Raffur
Shaklee Independent Distributor [ID: 889132]
hunnylis@gmail.com
SMS/Whatsapp: 012 296 6442

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