Researchers evaluated the bone health (hip, spine and body) and measured the concentrations of fatty acids in 78 teenage men over an eight-year span.In addition to the other benefits, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) was linked to better total bone densities, particularly in the spine, as well as positive changes in the spine for men between the ages of 16 and 22.
It was a delight to find these two articles in my favorite medical journal this month. It sure seems that conventional medicine is beginning to appreciate how omega-3 fats such as DHA can protect and help your bones properly develop.
This conclusion merely underscores the results of a study I ran two years ago in which higher ratios of omega-6 fats were tied to lower bone densities. Unfortunately, the diets of most people are weighted heavily toward omega-6 fats, no doubt due to a heavy reliance on processed foods.
Ninety percent of the money Americans spend on their food is for processed foods. They are loaded with the WORST that the food industry has to offer:
Around 1900 the average American only consumed about a pound of vegetable oil (high in omega-6) per year. Now we are consuming over 75 pounds each every year. This increase disrupts the delicate omega-6:3 ratio our ancestors adapted to. In Paleolithic times it was thought to be 1:1. Now it is closer to 15 or 20 to 1 for most of us.
Many expert nutritionists are not aware of the important relationship between healthy bones and optimal fat intake. Many osteoporosis experts will acknowledge the importance of omega-3 fats for general health but don't understand that they are also a very powerful force in optimizing bone density.
In addition to increasing your consumption of vegetables, based on your body's unique nutritional type, the secret weapon that protects your bones while balancing your levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fats is taking a high-quality fish oil or krill oil.
On Vital Votes, reader Cathy from <!--?xml:namespace prefix = st1 /--><st1:place><st1:city>Auckland</st1:city>, <st1:country-region>New Zealand</st1:country-region></st1:place> notes: