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The big campaign to have more Omega’s in our diet is certainly out there and everywhere you look, someone is suggesting that we should include these “essential” oils in our diet. In most cases, it is suggested that we couldn’t possibly get them through our diet and hence having to now explore supplements or taking the oil in it’s liquid form.
When it comes to Endometriosis, there are two things we basically need to appreciate about oils.
- Omega 3 oils are of huge benefit to us. The main reason is that Omega 3 oils reduce inflammation, clotting and the typical responses by the “bad” prostaglandins in the body. Please read this article to understand Prostaglandins a little better: http://www.cureendometriosis.com/endometriosis-pain-bodies-pain-message/
- Unsaturated oils are terrible for us. These are the highly processed vegetable oils, margarines, soy oil, corn oil and even homogenized milk. They dramatically lower our immune system, cause hormone imbalances and aging. – none of which we want to add to the burden of endo healing!
So, what should we do?
- Replace all your cooking/vegetable oils with Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil. These both withstand heat well and will actually reduce inflammation in the body. (especially coconut oil). You can certainly use the more elaborate oils like Avocado Oil, Macadamia Nut oils, Almond Oils etc as salad dressings but only in small quantities and never heated.
- Find a good source of Omega 3 Oil.
Here’s the information I have found:
There are various sources of Omega 3 Oil. The main ones suggested are Flaxseed Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Pumpkins Seeds, Walnuts and Oily Fish.
Initially I was actually going to make this blog post about Flaxseed oil and was totally convinced that this was the best oil for us endo girls. I dug a little deeper.
Flaxseed contains plant based Omega 3’s. According to Dr.Mercola only a small percentage of EPA and DHA is actually converted by the body from Flaxseed oil. He illustrates that high volumes of ALA, which is what is found in Flaxseed oil can increase the risk of cancers. It has also been proven that Flaxseed oil is often found to be rancid. Rancid oils in the body are basically toxic on the body.
So, I thought okay, that doesn’t sound good, perhaps I should just eat enough Omega 3 for my body. The best sources of Omega 3 is from oily fish such as Salmon. Unfortunately, these are the same fish that often contain high amounts of mercury and other toxins they have absorbed from our waters. Most of the fish we buy are also bread for consumption. What that means is that they are fed on corn or grains, which are high in Omega 6. These are inflammatory. This means, the only way we can get Omega 3 from fish, is if the fish are caught wild. I don’t know about you, but fishing is certainly not one of my favourite pass-times, so I might need to try and find a local fisherman to help me with that one! In the meantime, I will eat heaps of Pumpkin Seeds, Chia Seeds and Walnuts. Even better if we sprout them! Eating heaps of sea based plants are great sources too – like Seaweed. Here is an article I did which explains the inflammatory response in the body.
The thing is, with endo, we kinda want to consume a high quantity of Omega 3, so the good prostaglandins have all they need, especially over that time of the month!
Please watch this video, from Dr Mercola which explains heaps more about oils and Omega 3’s.
So, it seems the best source is actually animal based Omega 3 Oils. Our bodies convert those the best and we get the right levels of EPA and DHA. You can order a good quality Krill Oil through this link.
I know many of you swear by Flaxseed oil and I would love to hear your thoughts on all of this. It seems to be a topic of great controversy….