Are You A Fat Head?

February 8th, 2012

Let me ask you, if I called you a fat head would you be insulted?  Well the truth is that we’re all fat heads but some of us likely could use a little fattening up!

So how important is it to be a fat head?  Here are just some of the facts to consider.

The brain controls all the functions in the body (although it is only 2-3% of our body weight) and is made up of almost 20% omega 3 (essential fatty acids – EFAs).

The brain uses:

20% of the air we breathe

25% of our blood flow

30% of our water intake, and

40% of all nutrients drawn from the blood go to our brain

Hopefully you’re starting to connect how something that takes up so little space in our body is so vital to our overall health.  The brain consists of over 100 billion cells called neurons and 30% of the structural fat in neurons is DHA. The glands in the brain (i.e. hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal) primarily use DPA.  DHA, DPA and EPA are all components of essential fatty acids.  Simply put, Omegas Equal Better Health!

The brain uses at least 20-30% of the body’s energy supply to meet its considerable demands and it’s preferred source of fuel for our body and brain is FAT – omega 3.  The brain can and does use glucose, especially when a person’s diet is dominated by carbohydrates or during an emergency, but glucose isn’t as essential to the day-to-day functioning of the brain as commonly believed.  Remember the brain prefers and will readily and naturally turn to fat as its primary source of fuel.  Most of us now appreciate and understand that sugar is not our friend and we know that a diet high in sugar or starch rich is not ideal.  In fact the body will look to burn excess sugar whenever possible to help rid the body of this damaging substance.  When and if the brain needs access to sugar or glucose as a source of energy as in cases of sudden demand like an emergency our liver has plenty of glycogen available. No one ever needs to consume additional carbohydrates into their diet.

Studies have shown that as much as 10% of human brain size has been lost in just the last century alone, likely as the result of decreased amounts of available dietary EPA and DHA and increased consumption of processed foods. (Leonard et al. 2003)

So now that we know that omegas are a key source of energy to our brain and body it’s also important to be reminded that our body doesn’t produce omegas on its own so it’s critical that we include omegas in our diet.

There are many forms of omega 3 to choose from and certainly if you’re deficient then the body will appreciate and respond to any form you feed it.  Omegas ideally come from the following three sources:

Plant Source – flaxseed, hemp, borage, vegetable, etc. have one component DHA that has to be converted to a form that the body can use effectively.

Fish Source – salmon, sardines, etc. have two components DHA and EPA and has to be converted to a form that the body can use effectively.

Mammal Source – mother’s breast milk, harp seal and sperm whale have three components DHA, EPA and DPA.  About 1/3 of the long chain omega 3 fatty acids circulating in the human blood are attributable to DPA.  Mammalian sources are richest in DPA.  Fish oils and plant oils DO NOT have this critical component DPA.

For myself as well as many others that have made the switch from a plant or fish source to Auum Omegas, which is a mammal source agree that there is a significant difference.  So for long-term sustainable health and to be the best FAT HEAD EVER Auum is the answer!

To learn more about the benefits of Auum Omegas visit our Auum Omega Page

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