Healthy fats are absolutely essential for healthy hormone production. The definition of healthy fats, also known as Essential fatty acids, or Omega 3, 6 and 9, would be that they have not been altered by injecting them with an additional hydrogen atom, (hydrogenated fats; for example canola oil that is supposed to be liquid at room temperature is now solid-think margarine). A healthy fat also has not been heated past its tolerance point, which would then convert it into a ‘trans-fat’. For example, canola oil which is commonly used for frying and baking should not be heated above 120 degrees Fahrenheit, or the stability and health benefits of the oil are compromised.
Healthy oils in their unrefined and organic state benefit us in numerous ways, and one of these ways is the production of hormones; primarily steroid hormones such as testosterone, Cortisol, estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are derived from cholesterol and fat and they are lipid soluble.
Trans-fats are actually very taxing on the body, and contribute to excess fat storage in the body as well as inflammation (bursitis, tendinitis, arthritis, etc).
Certain fats are necessary for fat metabolism and fat breakdown as well as for hormone production involved in the metabolism of fat burning. For example, leptin, produced in fat beds, is the body's primary fat hormone. It puts the brakes on fat accumulation because, among other things, it reduces appetite. It is referred to as the satiety hormone...giving a feeling of satisfaction or fullness. Insulin is also important in burning fats. Insulin is a very important metabolic hormone that regulates your blood sugar levels; it is not a steroid hormone but a polypeptide hormone, which is derived from amino acids, however good fats are needed in the conversion process.
Healthy fats also help us to maintain our muscles, because
essential fatty acids are converted into hormones which regulate the uptake of
amino acids into the muscle cells, thereby preventing muscle breakdown.
This brief summary just touches on some of the most basic ways that increasing your healthy fats benefits proper hormone, healthy fats also benefit your overall health in general. For a complete list of healthy fats, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Vitamin House.
Article written by Vicki Linfitt, Assistant Manager, the Vitamin House
In : Healthy Fats
Tags: hormones "healthy fats" "essential fatty acids"