Inflammation is like a many-headed monster – it can wreak havoc on multiple body parts simultaneously, from your heart to your brain to your joints.
You don’t want to let this “creature” run wild… because the result could be heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, or a host of other ailments.
If you’re a regular Health eTips reader, you already know there’s a natural way to slay this “beast”: omega-3 fatty acids, like what you’d find in fatty fish (like salmon) or fish oil supplements.
But now, there’s a new “fish” in the sea when it comes to reigning in your inflammation with omega-3s.
And according to a new study, it’s an English herb known as the ahiflower.
Now, getting your essential fatty acids from plant sources isn’t a new concept – flax seed and chia seed oils, for example, are often marketed as contenders to fish oil because they also contain omega-3s.
Problem is, the omega-3s in most plant oils are in the form of ALA, which doesn’t give your body the same health benefits as the “superstar” omega-3s EPA and DHA found in fish oil.
Plus, you’ve got to watch out for plants oils that are genetically modified – any alteration can potentially transform a plant’s fatty acids from healthy to lethal.
But it turns out that the ahiflower – which is grown with traditional breeding techniques and isn’t genetically modified – contains an omega-3 fatty acid that other plant sources like flax and chia don’t: stearidonic acid, or SDA.
Your body actually converts SDA into EPA.
Not only that, but ahiflower oil also naturally contains the ideal 4:1 ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s that, studies show, is critical for supporting your brain and heart.
And the omega-6 in ahiflower oil is GLA, which — unlike some other omega-6s that can worsen inflammation – may actually help enhance the oil’s anti-inflammatory punch.
In the study, proof of ahiflower oil’s edge over other plant oils was in the pudding: After a month, patients who supplemented with ahiflower oil significantly increased their blood levels of EPA, compared to those who just ingested sunflower oil.
Also, by the end of the study, those in the ahiflower oil group had upped their levels of an anti-inflammatory marker known as IL-10, compared to the sunflower-oil group.
That’s solid, physical evidence of reduced inflammation!
Because fish oil can be tough to stomach for some people and acts as a blood thinner, ahiflower oil might be a more well-tolerated substitute for taking aim at inflammation.
But ahiflower isn’t a perfect replacement for fish oil – because it won’t do a thing for your DHA levels.
You need DHA as well as EPA for brain health, heart function, and more… and fish oil remains the best source of it around.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Study Shows Ahiflower Oil’s Anti-Inflammatory and Immune Potential, nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Study-shows-Ahiflower-oil-s-anti-inflammatory-and-immune-potential
Ahiflower Oil: Frequently Asked Questions, ahiflower.com/frequently-asked-questions/
An Acre Of New Omega-3 Ahiflower Crop Yields As Much Oil As 80,000 Sardines, prnewswire.com/news-releases/an-acre-of-new-omega-3-ahiflower-crop-yields-as-much-oil-as-80000-sardines-300169296.html