If I told you that you could take a pill and it would not only stop the damaged genes that lead to diseases like diabetes, heart disease, attention deficit disorder, memory loss, hyper activity disorder, poor metabolism, depression, bipolar, Parkinson’s and many more but can actually reverse the altered genes back to normal; would you take it?
If you answered yes, then why not eat the foods that research has found does the same thing? Research has found that foods high in DHA (docosahexaenoic acid); a specific type of Omega 3 fatty acid can actually stop the damaged genes and reverse them back to normal. Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids meaning you need to get them from your food source.
Ten sources of this super nutrient are:
- Mackerel: 1 cup provides 7,000 mg
- Salmon Fish oil: 1 TBSP provides 4,800 mg
- Walnuts: ¼ cup provides 2600 mg
- Chia seeds: 1 TBSP provides 2500 mg
- Salmon (wild caught): 3 ounces provides 1700 mg
- Cod Liver Oil: 1 TBSP provides 2.6 mg
- Tuna: 3 ounces provides 1400 mg
- Hemp Seeds: 1 TBSP provides 1000 mg
- Herring: 3 ounces provides 1900 mg
- Egg Yolks: ½ cup provides 240 mg
Although there are no specific guidelines at this time for recommended amounts, research shows that having 4,000 mg daily of a combination of DHA, ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) with 1,000 mg coming from DHA has shown to have the best results.
So, hopefully you are now wondering what harmful foods are causing our genes to be damaged leading to all of these diseases. Research is finding one of the biggest culprits to be a diet high in fructose. Research found that people who had a high fructose diet had higher levels of insulin, triglycerides and glucose all directly linked to obesity and other related diseases.
Fructose in the form of high fructose corn syrup is in many of our foods due to the fact it is a cheap sweetener. It is in soda’s, juices, breads, packaged goods, soups, sauces, fruit and many more. People seem to look at carbohydrates and think they are the devil. It is not just about looking at the label and seeing how many grams of carbohydrates or sugar is in the package. You want to stop and take the time to see where the carbohydrates are from and if there is fructose in the ingredient list.
In 2014 it was estimated that the average American consumed 27 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup. The numbers are sure to have went up since obesity along with many of these other diseases have continued to skyrocket. It is also estimated that Americans have approximately 8 times less omega 3 fatty acids than cultures and people that are the healthiest and live the longest with the lowest rates of disease. Have you been an average American and now what will you do differently?
Omega 3 is not a miracle cure for disease but the fact is for sure that food can and does act as a pharmaceutical agent to the brain. Are you choosing foods that damage the brain and lead to disease, loss of memory, poor metabolism and depression or are you choosing foods that support optimal brain function and health?
Prudence Ticknor, MS, RD, Health Coach
Bariatric Dietitian- Mexico Bariatric Center