HDL, LDL, and Omega III Fats

HDL and LDL are transporters of cholesterol and triglycerides through the body – LDL carries fats and cholesterol from our liver to our cell while HDL does the opposite, carrying fat and cholesterol from the cells back to the liver to be metabolized or eliminated.

Omega III Fats are a class of polyunsaturated fats that are found in abundance in fish. You can also find them walnuts and flax seed as well as egg yolk and dark leafy greens.

Omega III oils are slight blood thinners and can help prevent clotting, so if a person has narrowed arteries, Omega III may be useful in preventing blockages. These kinds of fats have been shown to help reduce inflammation, reduce depression, and help to maintain a healthy immune system. There is a lot more we have yet to discover about the benefits of healthy fats. It is good that we are no longer sending a message to Americans to avoid fats, altogether. That was clearly a mistake.

Monounsaturated Fats like you find in olives, peanuts, and avocado are also beneficial in that they can lower LDL cholesterol without lowering HDL. They are also more stable in heat, so they are better for cooking.

Essential fatty acids are critical components of synaptic membranes available solely from dietary sources. Data suggesting efficacy in the treatment of numerous psychiatric disorders has been emerging worldwide. Workshops and discussion groups (including at NIH in Bethesda) have been/are being facilitated among international investigators who are examining clinical applications of essential fatty acids for the treatment of psychiatric disorders in the attempt to introduce this rapidly emerging field to clinical psychiatric research