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Title: A SIMPLE CONCERN WITH USING FATTY ACIDS AS SUPPLEMENTS

First, Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to have massive benefits in inflammation, heart and brain and to help in all areas of psychiatry.

One concern I had was with mercury being found in the oils since most come from fish. My study found, to my surprise, that none of the brands we tested had mercury. Others may have it. See article on my site.

SIMPLE OMEGA 6 TEACHING and GLA

I have been taught that GLA is a special anti-inflammatory Omega 6 fat, which decreases inflammation of joints, blood inflammation, and muscle spasms. I have seen some good benefits when used with Omega 3's.

MY BOTTOM LINE CONCERN

GLA can act as either an anti-inflammatory fat or a pro-inflammatory fat. The key is that a certain enzyme is used to make it useful and soothing. But that enzyme requires good amounts of Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin B6 and these decrease with aging—perhaps due to poorer absorption. Also, alcohol and junk fat hinder this enzyme from making the good soothing anti-inflammatory form.

If you are deficient in these essential nutrients your GLA will become the pro inflammation chemicals PGE2 and LTB4. Not what we want to occur.

Consider the wholesale nutrient mixes and compare the contents and quality and price to anything is the USA. A solid multi may help this potential problem


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