EFAs - Optimal EFAs-BC (Glucose Metabolism, Heart and Thyroid Support) 120 Softgels
EFAs - Optimal EFAs - BC (Essential Fatty Acids) from Biotics Research Corp.
The original Optimal EFAs - BC was made with borage oils. (Borage oil is no longer available, therefore, the blackcurrant seed oil is now the new ingredient instead of borage oil.)
Optimal EFAs - BC provide a balanced blend of omega-3, 6, and 9 essential fatty acids in optimal ratios.
Recommended use: 2 capsules twice daily.
Fact: The typical American consumes approximately 47 pounds of white sugar and 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) per year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Studies already point to fructose playing a role in diabetes, obesity and fatty liver, but a recent study is among the first to shed light on its effects on the brain. The study, conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Physiology, determines that a steady diet high in fructose slows the brain and can seriously hamper memory and learning.
There was some good news surrounding this study, however, interestingly, the study also indicates that essential fatty acids (EFAs) have the ability to counteract these disruptive sugar effects.
Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science, says, “Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think. Eating a high-fructose diet over the long termalters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information. But adding EFAs, including Omega 3 and DHA to your meals, can help minimize the damage.”
DHA deficiency also results in resistance to insulin, which is a hormone that controls blood sugar and also regulates the brain’s synaptic function. Because insulin can penetrate the blood-brain barrier, this UCLA study shows that a high-fructose diet harms the brain as well as the body.
Eat foods rich in EFAs such as salmon, flax seeds and walnuts. Gomez-Pinilla recommends taking EFA supplements daily. He sums it up like this:
“Our findings suggest that consuming EFAs regularly protects the brain against fructose’s harmful effects. It’s like saving money in the bank. You want to build a reserve for your brain to tap when it requires extra fuel to fight off future health problems.”
Caution: Not recommended for pregnant women