Saturday, February 7, 2009
Omega 3 Fatty Acids Have Many Health Benefits
As I mentioned in my last post, grass fed cattle are found to be higher in Omega 3 fatty acids (the good stuff). This "good" fat is very good for the heart. Those who have plenty of Omega 3's in their diet are found to have 50% less heart attacks, fewer instances of irregular heart beat, and less likely to have high blood pressure.
Omega 3's are good for the brain, as well. People with diets rich in Omega 3's are less prone to depression, Schizophrenia, ADD, ADHD, and Alzheimer's disease. I know people that would have benefited from this knowledge. My father has Parkinson's, this make me wonder if he is totally deficient of Omega 3's. The sad fact is, as much of the beef America consumes comes from grain fed animals. They no longer have a steady diet of just grass, where Omega 3's are found.
Studies have also shown that Omega 3's have slowed the growth of many cancers and even stopped them from spreading. Keep that in mind, men. They say 50% of American males will suffer from prostate cancer.
Why is the grass so key? Omega 3's are formed in the chloroplasts of green leaves and algae (do you take kelp meal?). A full 60% of fatty acids found in grass are Omega 3's. When cattle are taken off the grass pastures and shipped to feedlots, they lose the Omega 3's that were stored in their fat. An estimated 40% of Americans receive enough Omega 3's in their diets. Switching to grass fed meat and dairy products is one way to ensure you get them in your diet. Now I really can't wait to send that young bull to butcher.
On a totally unrelated note, we watched the movie "Fireproof" last night. I have one statement: GO AND RENT THAT MOVIE! You will not regret it. It is every bit as good as the other two movies produce by that church, if not better. It has a very powerful message and they are not afraid to talk about or say the name of Christ! That make it worth watching, right there. Do yourself a favor, rent it.