Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 20, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a recent study that found that echium seed oil contained the highest amount of total omega-3 fatty acids. This is based on an analysis of 30 types of seeds, investigated by a team of researchers.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin notes, omega-3s are important for health—that’s been established in countless studies (see http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/finally-an-omega-3-source-that-isnt-fish). But, it’s not always easy to get a lot of these essential fatty acids into a daily diet. The reasons for this are complex, and span problems as diverse as the increasing world population, overfishing, and generally low amounts of omega-3s in foods other than fish.
As the article “Memory Problems Have Been Linked to Prescription Drugs” reports, the researchers were searching for potential new sources of two particular omega-3s: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and stearidonic acid (SDA). Echium oil turned out to be high in both. In humans, ALA is converted to SDA, and SDA helps with the synthesis of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Therefore, the researchers concluded, echium seed oil could be very important for nutrition, as it contains all the necessary fatty acids for uptake into the body.
Taking this one step further, the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that SDA helps with the biosynthesis of eicosapentanoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA) acids. The body needs them to maintain cell membrane function. In general, higher intakes of all of these omega-3 fatty acids are thought to help with the prevention of inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, heart disease, and autoimmune diseases.
The article cites other important nutrients in echium oil, like gamma-linoleic acid or GLA—another big player when it comes to boosting overall health. In fact, echium seed oil may have the optimum ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids not present in any other plant.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes that while it may be a bit of a challenge to find echium seed oil, it is starting to appear on shelves in health-food stores across North America, due to a real need for new sources of omega-3s.
(SOURCE: Kuhnt, K., et al., “Searching for health beneficial n-3 and n-6 fatty acids in plant seeds,” European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, February 2012; 114(2): 153-160.)
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