Oils are the most calorie dense food and as such can rapidly increase the calorie consumption for any food so what oils have properties that are helpful and properies that aren't helpful? And then, what is helpful and what isn't?
Oils that cause inflammation are not helpful. Inflammation is the body's natural response to help it heal, so what is the body healing from when we consume an oil that causes inflammation? No idea, but if we are consumming oils that cause inflammation daily we can be putting the body into a chronically inflammated state. If the gut is inflammed absoroption of nutrients is affected and ALS patients have huge, huge, huge nutrient absorption issues. The body's ability to get rid of toxins through the liver is compromised, and toxic overload in the liver compromises mitochondria function and in ALS there's a problem with the mitochondria.
This article, http://authoritynutrition.com/
6-reasons-why-vegetable-oils-ar e-toxic/, gives 6 reasons to not consume processed seed oils like soybean oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, and safflower oil, and inflammation is one of them. The six reasons are: 1) unnatural in large amounts, 2) mess up fatty acid composition of the body, 3) inflammation, 4) loaded with trans fat, 5) increased risk of cardivascular disease, 6) associated with other diseases.
The omega 6 to omega 3 ratio is also affected by oil choices. The importance of the omega6/omega 3 ratio, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
pubmed/12442909, can not be understated. ALS is an autoimmune disease and a high ratio helps to promote autoimmune diseases. Inflammation compromises nutrient absorption, and there is inflammation with a high omega 6 to omega 3 ratio. A ratio of 2 or 3 to 1 omega 6 to omega 3 suppresses inflammation. Dig deeper, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ pmc/articles/PMC2835780/, and you can find that inflammation is also associated with protein catabolism, which is muscle tissue breaking down, another huge problem with ALS.
Coconut oil has a high concentration of medium chain triglycerides. With ALS, the mitochondria are not working propertly and are not properly delivering energy to the cells, a part of the process that is leading to cell death. These medium length triglycerides provide energy that cells can use through the ketosis process. Coconut oil also has other benefits (http://
Approximately 50% of the fatty acids in coconut fat are lauric acide. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid, which has the additional beneficial function of being formed into monolaurin in the human or animal body. Monolaurin is the anti-viral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the muman or animal to destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria including listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and protozoa such as giaradia lambia. Some studies have also shouwn some antimicrobial effects of the free lauric acid.
The immunity boosting properties of coconut oil are an added benefit of coconut oil.
Even though olive oil has an unfavourable omega 6:3 ratio, it actually has anti-inflammatory properties because of other components in it. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
Oils to avoid - omega 6:3
- soybean oil - 6:1
- sunflower oil - no omega 3
- corn oil - no omega 3
- canola oil - 2.5:1
- cottonseed oil - no omega 3
- safflower oil - no omega 3
Oils to consider
- coconut oil - no omega 3
- flaxseed oil - 0.3:1
- olive oil - 13:1
Walnuts are the highest omega 3 nut, and krill is the best source of omega 3.
All articles are a work in progress and are advisory for the reasons given. Everyone should do their own research to verify or refute and make their own decisions about whether they think it is helpful or not.