Researchers are pounding the pavement in regards to the health benefits associated with Omega 3 fatty acids. Along the way, some myths have been dispelled and some new facts have been revealed.
Omega 3 Oils Cause Weight Gain.
Not true. This is a myth and not a fact. Several researchers have linked the effect of Omega 3s in the body to weight loss and not weight gain. While all oils essentially contain 14 grams of fat per tablespoon, these fats are not all created the same. Corn oil or vegetable oil will not have the same effect on the body as flaxseed oil or soybean oil. It is important, however, to stay away from any oils that contain the term "hydrogenated". Hydrogenated oils contain high levels of trans fats which are unhealthy for the body.
Soy Products Cause Endometriosis and Breast Cancer.
Not true. This is also a myth based on theory. The theory is based on the fact that soy contains plant estrogens that are similar to the estrogen found naturally in women. Endometriosis, for instance, uses a woman's natural estrogen to grow and therefore consuming these plant estrogens could theoretically cause the endometriosis to grow. According to one research study in Japan, however, women who consumed diets high in soy were less likely to have endometriosis after a period of 7 years. The power of plant estrogens is 1/100th of natural estrogen and 1/1000th of estradiols. The benefits are far greater than a fraction of a chance of negative reaction.
Omega 3s Can Help Prevent Disease.
This is a fact that is being continuously studied in the medical field. At present, Omega 3s are thought to have a positive effect on several medical conditions including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, weight loss, arthritis, osteoporosis, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADD, skin disorders and asthma. In addition, it is essential for baby's growing brain.