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Are Omega’s 6s Healthy or Unhealthy?

Are Omega’s 6s Healthy or Unhealthy?

We recently documented the health benefits of eating sufficient omega-3 fatty acids. Oftentimes, researchers discuss omega-3 fatty acids in the context of their counterpart omega-6 fatty acids. News outlets such as authority nutrition state that eating too many omega-6 fatty acids causes health problems ranging from inflammation to heart disease. Additionally, others tout the importance of eating a proper ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids.But what is the real story behind this ...

What Are Omega 3 Fatty Acids?

What Are Omega 3 Fatty Acids?

Omega-3 fatty acids are a special type of fat molecule. As a triglyceride, they consist of a small compound called glycerol (C3H8O3) attached to three chains of carbon atoms called fatty acids. They are a polyunsaturated fat, which means that they contain more than one carbon-carbon double bonds. In contrast, monounsaturated fats contain only one carbon-carbon double bond while saturated fats contain no carbon-carbon double bonds.Fatty acids generally have two ends: a carboxylic acid, which ...

Keto: The Best Fatty Liver Diet

Keto: The Best Fatty Liver Diet

Fatty liver disease is exactly what the name suggests - a disease characterized by the build up of fat in the liver. There are two main types of fatty liver disease:Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease Alcoholic fatty liver disease (also called alcoholic steatohepatitis)Both types of fatty liver disease are diagnosed when fat makes up at least 10% of the liver, but the cause of the fat build up is different for each type.The cause of alcoholic fatty liver disease is obvious. The ...

Ketogenic Diet & Cancer: Interpreting the Research for You

Ketogenic Diet & Cancer: Interpreting the Research for You

Cancer remains the number 2 killer in the United States, causing 22% of all deaths (just behind heart disease which is at 23%). The good news, however, is that the overall cancer incidence has been stable in women and declining steadily in men, and our ability to treat various types of cancer keeps improving.As all aspects of cancer research and treatment evolve, cancer incidence should start to decline significantly regardless of gender, and our ability to treat every type of cancer will ...

Can a Low Carb Diet Lower Blood Pressure?

Can a Low Carb Diet Lower Blood Pressure?

We previously looked at research suggesting that a well-planned, low-carb diet coupled with exercise can help you lower blood sugar, triglycerides, and body weight and also improve HDL cholesterol and insulin sensitivity.But what impact does ketogenic diet have on blood pressure? Recent research suggests that maintaining an optimal blood pressure is even more critical for your heart and overall health than previously thought.Read below to learn how cutting carbs and keto may be a good ...

The Ketogenic Diet and Epilepsy

The Ketogenic Diet and Epilepsy

Many people use the ketogenic diet today to manage symptoms of diabetes, lower triglycerides, and lose body weight. However, the high fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet was not first used for any of these purposes.Instead, doctors created it to help treat epilepsy in children. Below we give a brief overview of epilepsy, specifically pediatric epilepsy, and the origins of using keto to treat it. Then, we investigate the hard evidence from high-quality research showing its ...

What Are Ketones? Everything You Need to Know

What Are Ketones? Everything You Need to Know

One miraculous energy source has garnered the attention of many nutrition experts and researchers over the past decade. No, it is not carbohydrates, fats, or even protein. We call them ketones or ketone bodies (more on the difference between the two later). To your body, however, ketones are nothing new.In fact, your heart and renal cortex (the part of the kidney where ultrafiltration occurs) are using ketones as fuel right now. These cells prefer to use ketones instead of sugar.After ...

What is Gluconeogenesis?

What is Gluconeogenesis?

Eat fat burn fat. Eat carbs burn carbs. It's that simple, right? Yes and no. There's more to it.Your body has many different metabolic pathways that it uses to provide energy for your cells. Glycolysis (using sugar for fuel) and lipolysis (using fat for fuel through beta-oxidation) are the most well-known metabolic pathways, but there are many more.  One pathway, in particular, can turn the amino acids from protein into fuel.Why does it matter? Because this may be the one thing that is ...

The Side Effects of a Low Carb Diet

The Side Effects of a Low Carb Diet

Who should go on a low-carb diet? Low-carbohydrate diets — like the ketogenic diet — are effective for weight loss and improving health. They are also especially helpful for anyone who:Is overweight or obese Is sedentary Has epilepsy Has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), fibroids or endometriosis Is diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes Has a neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Has certain forms of cancer Has cardiovascular diseaseA ...

How to Lower Your Blood Sugar Naturally

How to Lower Your Blood Sugar Naturally

Can a ketogenic diet lower blood sugar? In short, yes, it can lower your blood sugar levels naturally and effectively if you follow it strictly. Below, you'll find studies, information, and tips on how.One cookie won't kill you but consuming high amounts of sugar every day will. High-carbohydrate foods — like cookies — lead to higher blood sugar levels. This is toxic to the body.Luckily, we have a hormone called insulin that helps lower blood sugar by shuttling the sugar into cells ...