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Udo Erasmus, regarding the role of essential fatty acids in thyroid and metabolic health. Erasmus' direction changed when he was poisoned while working with pesticides, and when conventional approaches didn't work, sought to find solutions in nutrition. Erasmus concentrated his research on the effects of fats and oils on human health, and became an expert in this area, leading to his best-seller Fats and Oils. This book also became his thesis and earned him a Ph. The book is now available in expanded, revised, updated form as Fats That Heal Fats That Kill , which is in its 10th printing, with over , copies sold.
Erasmus has pioneered the technology and formulation for pressing and packaging fresh oils, ensuring that they remain nutritious, and believed so much in the power of essential fatty acids that he worked for years to create the famous "Udo's Oil," a balanced essential fatty acid oil that is recommended by nutritionists and holistic practitioners around the world. More than 15 years of exploring the practical aspects of fats has earned Dr.
Erasmus authoritative status in the field, as well as the nicknames "The Fatman" and "His Royal Oiliness! Erasmus' life work -- the study of essential fatty acids -- it's important to start with the basic premise -- what is an essential fatty acid? There are a variety of different types of fats, the only two that are considered "essential," are Omega 3 fats, and Omega 6 fats. These fats must be consumed directly from food sources.
Other fats, such as Omega 9 monounsaturated fats, and saturated fats -- among others -- are not considered essential because they can be produced by the body by consuming other sugars and starches. Omega 3 fatty acids come from foods like flaxseeds, green leafy vegetables, and high fat, cold water fish such as albacore tuna, sardines, Atlantic halibut and salmon, coho, pink and king salmon, Pacific and Atlantic herring, Atlantic mackerel, and lake trout.
Omega 6 fatty acids are found in sesame and sunflower seeds and other seeds and nuts. Some fish and animal meats also provide a derivative form of Omega 6. When it comes to fish, Dr. Erasmus always prefers the fish themselves to fish oil supplements - which he claims can easily become ineffective or even toxic.
According to Dr. Erasmus, this means that we get too much Omega 6 and too little Omega 3 fatty acids. Says Dr. Erasmus: It's far more important to bring in the good fats than to avoid the bad fats. Low-fat and no-fat take us in the wrong direction. We need a right-fat approach. Ultimately, imbalances and deficiencies in essential fatty acids are, according to Dr.
Erasmus, the cause, a trigger, or a contributing factor to many diseases and conditions, and addressing those deficiencies through proper foods, or use of healthy oils, can have huge implications for health.
Erasmus, some benefits of proper essential fatty acid intake and balance include: Increased energy, performance, and stamina Reduced risk factors for cardiovascular disease, especially high blood pressure, triglycerides Improved brain function, including mood, intelligence, behavior, and vision Reduced depression Improvement in glandular and organ function, including liver, kidneys, adrenal and thyroid Faster recovery and healing Healthier babies and pregnant women Improved digestion Decreased infection Better skin, hair, and nails There are other, more specific benefits that are pertinent for thyroid sufferers.
Thyroid Hormone Receptors According to Dr. Erasmus, essential fatty acids are critical to thyroid function because, first, they are required for the integrity of the structure for every membrane of every cell. Second, they increase energy levels in the cell. And third, there is some evidence that essential fatty acids, especially Omega 3s, improve the efficiency of the hormones on the receptor sites. To understand the importance of the receptor issue, think about the situation of diabetes.
Pre-diabetes, the condition that is considered a marker for future diabetes, is also known as insulin resistance. Insulin is in the body, but it isn't being utilized because saturated fats block insulin receptor function, and ultimately receptors become desensitized -- and ultimately immune to and unable to receive -- insulin. Essential fatty acids are required for receptor function and can make diabetics more insulin sensitive. So diabetics taking essential fatty acids may need less receptors, and ultimately, less insulin.
Erasmus believes that this same mechanism takes place with other hormonal functions, such as the androgens, pineal glands, adrenal glands -- and specifically, the thyroid.
There are practitioners who believe that thyroid hormone resistance is not a rare occurrence, and is actually a more common sign of impending thyroid disease, much like insulin resistance is a precursor to diabetes.
This issue of receptors is critical, because according to Dr. Erasmus, "With proper essential fatty acid nutrition, what will sometime happen is that you get fewer receptors but they work better. Inflammation Dr. Erasmus also points to the role that essential fatty acids play in preventing and reducing inflammation. In particular, essential fatty acids make hormone-like eicosanoids that regulate immune and inflammatory responses, and Omega 3s in particular have anti-inflammatory effects that can slow autoimmune damage.
Inflammation of the thyroid -- known as goiter -- is central to many cases of autoimmune thyroid disease, and inflammation is seen in almost all autoimmune diseases in general. Erasmus: I believe that inflammation is at the core of nearly everything that goes wrong in the body, including cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular problems. We know that Omega 3s decrease inflammation. Erasmus believes that if proteins are the juice, fats are the insulators, not just of nerves, but cells and membranes.
Protein reactions lead to inflammation, allergies and autoimmune disease. Essential fatty acids seem to help to prevent the proteins from becoming hyperactive -- and therefore triggering these various immune reactions Weight Loss According to Dr. Erasmus, when thyroid function goes down, the metabolic rate goes down, and the body burns fewer carbohydrates. Erasmus believes that people with hypothyroidism should switch from grains and starches to green vegetables as their primary source of carbohydrates.
Green vegetables, plus good fats and proteins, should form the core of the diet. Sufficient essential fatty acids help increase energy and suppress appetite, thereby aiding in weight loss. In addition, they have been found to block the genes that produce fat in the body saturated and trans fat do not have this same effect and increase thermogenesis -- the burning of fat.
Erasmus actually feels that Omega 3s work better than the heralded conjugated linoleic acid CLA. He feels that CLA may have some negative side effects, particularly at higher doses. Erasmus, for a thyroid patient to lose weight, they need: Green vegetables While he says the efforts at 5 fruits and vegetables a day or 9 a day are a step in the right direction, the reality is that we should strive for more like 1 fruit, and 8 or 9 vegetables each day.
Good fats Protein Proper digestion Limited carbohydrates. How much should you limit them? Certainly, if we could also focus our diet on vegetables, fish, and good fats from other foods, we'd be working toward redressing the imbalances in essential fatty acids. But when diet is less than optimal, or you can't get enough of the foods that provide the right balance and quantity of Omega 3s and Omega 6s, then an option is to consider a supplement, such as Dr.
Erasmus' oil, known as "Udo's Oil. This is a product I personally use and recommend, and have seen a number of people stabilize their thyroid function and lose weight after switching over to Dr.
Erasmus' dietary recommendations, plus use of his oil. Erasmus recommends a tablespoon of oil per 50 pounds of body weight per day in winter. That would mean 4 tablespoons a day for a pound person in winter. The way you know you've taken enough oil is, according to Dr. Erasmus, your skin is not dry, flaky or itchy -- common complaints in the winter.
Summer dosages can be dropped slightly, and again, dryness of skin should be used as the evaluation. For weight loss, Dr. Erasmus has said that working with obese people, he has had them on as much as 5 tablespoons of oil a day. For rheumatoid arthritis patients, he's had them on as much as 10 tablespoons a day. At high levels of oil, calorie intake goes up, so to reduce overall caloric intake, Dr. Erasmus recommends taking out carbohydrate calories - particularly starches, grains and fruits -- to make up for the calories in the oil, and concentrate the diet on healthy protein, green vegetables and the oil.
Is supplementation with essential fatty acids the answer for you? It may be worth trying for a few weeks to start, to see if you start to feel any of the short-term benefits, and notice a difference in your skin. Just remember that to avoid weight gain, you should decrease the amount of carbohydrates you are eating, in order to offset the oil's calories and maintain an optimal amount of daily calories. For more information, explore Dr. Erasmus' website, at www.
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While LA is an omega 6 fatty acid that is plentiful in the Western diet, ALA is an omega 3 fatty acid that is deficient. The result is an imbalance of the dietary omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acid ratio, and this can results in inflammation and disease.
The Author claims that this imbalance can be corrected by consumption of oils rich in ALA, particularly flaxseed oil. In fact, the author was the first to manufacture and market a flaxseed oil for this purpose, spurred on by the lack of beneficial sources of ALA on the market.
Originally printed in , Fats That Heal Fats That Kill was at the time considered one of the best books written on the topic of dietary fats, and still ranks amongst them. Not just a great book about fats, this is undoubtedly one of the best books in my collection and I enjoyed reading it a great deal. In fact I liked the book and the information so much I went to see Udo Erasmus speak and asked him to sign my book figure 2. In terms of a general primer on dietary fats, Fats that Heal Fats That Kill is worth considering because of the wealth of information and its clear and concise presentation figure 3.
However, there is a caveat that must be considered when reading the book. Recent evidence suggests that supplementing with ALA from flaxseed oil may not be an effective way to correct the dietary imbalance in omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids. In order to understand why, it is necessary to understand something of the science of fatty acids.
These accumulate in cell membranes and form anti-inflammatory compounds called eicosanoids and docosanoids, respectively. When intakes of the omega 6 fatty acids are too high and the omega 3 fatty acids too low, AA is able to build up in plasma membranes, where it is converted to pro-inflammatory eicosanoids. Increasing the plasma membrane concentrations of EPA and DHA not only increases the production of anti-inflammatory compounds, it also displaces AA from cell membranes decreasing production of pro-inflammatory compounds.
However, scientific evidence indicates that increasing intakes of ALA from sources such as flaxseeds, hemp and walnuts is not an efficient way to raise plasma membrane levels of EPA and DHA. More interestingly, when ALA from flax has been compared fish oil capsules, the latter has been shown to be much more efficient at raising membrane levels of EPA and DHA.
Fish oil is also more efficient at reducing inflammation and decreasing arachidonic acid levels. The fact that Udo Erasmus now recommends algae as a source of DHA, suggests that he to understands that ALA is not effective and the main premise of his book is wrong. However, I would still recommend the book. As long as it is read with the understanding that ALA from flaxseed oil is not an effective way to correct an imbalance in omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids, but fish oil is, then the rest of the book can be enjoyed for the great information it contains.
While it might seem a little strange to recommend a book written on a false premise, it must be understood that this book set new standards and broke new ground for its topic area when it was written all those years ago. Udo Erasmus may have got the details wrong, but it cannot be overlooked that he single headedly brought essential fatty acid deficiencies to the attention of the non-academic World.
And while flax seed oil may not be as effective as fish oil at combating inflammation, it is better than nothing. Therefore his book and his oil will have still helped many people improve their health, including me. So if you ever read this, thank you Udo Erasmus. Skip to content. Which form of Vitamin D? Figure 1. Figure 2. Figure 3. Clear, concise and well written text, with neat and easy to follow diagrams. Proudly powered by WordPress.