FATTY ACIDS WITH LOTS OF HEALTH BENEFITS
Have you ever watched the movie “Lorenzo’s oil”? I did and I watched it so many times, always crying. Yes, it is a drama and it is supposed to have some emotional movements, but this movie, directed by George Miller in 1992 is actually all about family love and about amazing people who make their own miracles. It is not about so strong faith in God or absence of God, it is about so strong faith that there will be a miracle down on the road, full of struggles. Two great actors, Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon are showing the endless parent love, the will to go through the hell, to save their beloved son, tiny and brave Lorenzo, diagnosed with fatal ALD ( dangerous neurological disorder). That power of soul, committed to find the light there where is a darkness allowed to be for eternity, is just one of the main reason why I love this movie so much, even nowadays. At the moment when medicine and human logics has written the final sentence of death, the heart of devoted mother and father has found a way.Their own way to stand up for the angel they have and to travel through the scientific formulas, searching for a cure. The two people whose love for a child has saved the whole world.
You are probably wondering what this introduction has to do with my topic about Omega-3? It is a right beginning for the article of this kind because it is about the critical importance of fatty acids for our health. Any kind of disharmony of fatty acids within our bodies could cause the severe problems and diseases in the long period of time. Unfortunately, people forget how essential are those good acids for the complete organism and its work.
Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the most important elements that b build up good health picture. Lets see why our Omega is the best friend of our biological existence:“What makes omega-3 fats special? They are an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body and affect the function of the cell receptors in these membranes. They provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. They also bind to receptors in cells that regulate genetic function. Likely due to these effects, omega-3 fats have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions. Omega-3 fats are a key family of polyunsaturated fats. There are three main omega-3s: Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) come mainly from fish, so they are sometimes called marine omega-3s.Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the most common omega-3 fatty acid in most Western diets, is found in vegetable oils and nuts (especially walnuts), flax seeds and flaxseed oil, leafy vegetables, and some animal fat, especially in grass-fed animals. The human body generally uses ALA for energy, and conversion into EPA and DHA is very limited.”
This further means that Omega-3 acids are very well linked with positive influence on the heart and according to medical studies, known to be great indicators of reducing the risks of heart diseases and problems. In the USA, many Americans consume more Omega-6 as Omega-3 in spite of fact that Omega-3 is known to be better guardian of the immunity. This fatty acids can’t be synthesised in our bodies so it must be taken through the food. They could be found in oily fish ( salmon, tuna, trout), nuts and seeds ( chia seeds, walnuts, hemp seeds), vegetables (broccoli, spinach, cauliflower), eggs.
The two components, EPA and DHA are there to give perfect capacity to the different parts of our organism. DHA is especially occupied to develop the neurological network and has a big role in shaping brain functions. This is why Omega-3 are very suggested for pregnant women and the children in early ages. Beside it, those fatty acids have great impact on men and women who are planing babies.
The problem is that Omega-3 fatty acids go often down due to the many different factors. For example, stress, alcohol, sport or pregnancy can be a leading reason for absence of low level of those acids. In the modern age, it seems that always is accent on Omega-6 acids but less on the importance of Omega-3 because it needs a diet and healthy lifestyle. It is not something it could be instant obtained and processed, it is a sign of healthy living and eating habits.
Why do we need those fatty acids as an essential part of our daily nutrition? Because they reply on many needs of our bodies and they comfort our mental strength. Those 3 powerful acids,ALA, DHA and EPH can fight back the depression, that is common to the modern world under constant pressure and stress. Beside it, they improve the complete muscle infrastructure and prevent the potential degeneration of muscles, as well as they have impact one the health of eye and vision capacity. Among all other benefits, these majestic fatty acids are preventing inflammation, mental disorders, influencing the hood cholesterol, reducing the bad one and tryglucerides. They help our body to fight any sign of autoimmune diseases and to keep the arteries clean for blood transport. The good skeleton and pure skin are also the result of enough accumulated fatty acids and their work within our organism . Omega-3 has the important role in the cancer prevention and development of any other kind of hard disease since they give the organic balance as we need for daily optimal health.
It doesn’t matter when we start changing our lifestyle into the right one. It only matter when we reach the point that we take our life in our own hands and accept the responsibility for it. We need our body strength as well as we need our mental power, to make this life worth of living and to make ourselves healthy, happy and harmonic. The great 3 H for our life, supported by Omega-3. Think about it, start today.
2 thoughts on “LORENZO’S OIL: OMEGA-3 AND THEIR IMPORTANCE”
Another interesting topic, Sarah !
Yes, Omega-3 Fatty Acids play an important role in our health, as you have mentioned herein, Sarah !
As a vegan, I get my Omega-3 Fatty Acids from most, if not all, the plant-based sources you have in your illustrations ! In fact, my diet consists of a lot of leafy greens, all sorts of beans, including kidney beans, black beans, navy beans, and squash. Further, moderate amounts of nuts such as walnuts, and pecans are also an excellent source.
Thank you so much, Sarah, for this excellent and so-well-written article !
Like Sarah, the film ‘Lorenzo’s Oil’ (1992) is one of my favourites. This is because of how the parents educate themselves in order to try to help their afflicted son, Lorenzo Odone (1978-2008), who had adrenolekodystrophy (ALD).
After viewing the film, I wanted to know more about the character of Professor Gus Nikolais; a fictional personage based upon an actual neurologist, Professor Hugo Wolfgang Moser (1924-2007). His research on what would become ‘Lorenzo’s Oil’ commenced with his rapport with Augusto Odone and Michaela Odone; the parents of the afflicted boy with ALD. Together, they created Lorenzo’s Oil.
Professor Hugo Wolfgang Moser spent his formative years in the research laboratories of the neurochemist Dr Jordi Folch-Pi (1911-1979, Scottish biochemist) and Dr Marjorie Lees (1923-2012, North American neurologist) at McLean Hospital, Massachusetts, USA.
At McLean Hospital, Dr Hugo Wolfgang Moser interviewed Dr Ann Boody for a position in his laboratory. This proved to be the beginning of a long and successful professional and marital partnership between them. In the early research years, they worked on lysosomal disorders. They were the first to describe the presence of cholesterol sulfate in the human brain.
Prior to embarking upon his scientific career, Hugo Wolfgang Moser attended Harvard University as a pre-medical student, until he was drafted into the US-Army (The Korean War). After his honorable discharge from the military, he went to medical school at Columbia University. At Columbia Presbyterian, he was influenced by the chairman of medicine, Dr Robert F. Loeb. He taught Hugo Wolfgang Moser ‘two laws of therapeutics: if something does not work, try something else, and if something does work, keep on doing it…’ This principle later influenced his work on adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).
Hugo Wolfgang Moser returned to Harvard University to acquire an advanced degree in biochemistry. He took two years of course work and became the first Fellow of The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS).
Hugo Wolfgang Moser was born in Berne, Switzerland, but he grew up in Berlin, Germany. His father was of Jewish background and a prominent art dealer in Berlin. His mother was a Protestant Austrian. Within a month of Adolf Hitler taking power in Germany (1933), the family left the country. Hugo Wolfgang Moser spent his high school years in The Netherlands. Three months prior to the invasion of The Netherlands in 1940, his mother arranged their escape from German-occupied Europe.
In 1940, the family arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where the family owned paintings exhibited in The Baltimore Museum of Art. Later, they moved to New York City.
Survivor guilt plagued Hugo Wolfgang Moser for having escaped the horrors of The Holocaust without harm (i.e. a common syndrome among Jews who were spared the Hell of the SS camps, etc.). His aunt and uncle, who were not able to leave The Netherlands, died in a German concentration camp.
Hugo Wolfgang Moser decided to devote his life to working for the less privileged and disenfranchised…