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 Athletes and EFA's 
Athletes and Essential Fatty Acids

Many athletes are junk food addicts who suffer more that necessary from bone, ligament, disc, joint, neck, shoulder, and spinal injuries. Those who practice nutrition at all believe in proteins because proteins build muscle and 'lean' body mass. They tend to avoid fats. But here, as in all aspects of fats and oils nutrition, a distinction must be made between the fats that heal and the fats that kill. The fats that heal are required for health, oxidation, energy production, regulation of cell functions, and healing of tissue injuries, sprains, and bruises. The fats that kill interfere with health and slow down athletic performance.

Maximizing Energy Production

Athletes should make sure they get optimum amounts of both essential fatty acids (EFAs) in their foods. Generally speaking, diets contain enough w6s, too little w3 EFA, because w3s because w3s have not yet been taken seriously by most coaches, are still quite new to nutritionists, and are still largely unknown to conservative 'old school' doctors and dietitians.

In order to maximize energy production, athletes should use short chain fatty acids, and increase their levels of w3s. At the same time, they should avoid the hard, saturated fats that slow them down. They should also avoid processed, altered, fried, deep-fried, hydrogenated, and rancid fats and oils, because these poison their cells and decrease cell (athletic performance). Stated more precisely, they interfere with natural cell functions, and some inhibit cell oxidation (respiration) and energy levels. Some injure cell membranes, tissues, liver, and arteries. Others interfere with digestive process, resulting in poorer absorption of nutrients, bowel irritation, 'leaky gut', and allergic reactions that require an enormous amount of energy to process, leaving less energy available for physical performance. They use up energy in immune defense reactions - energy that could otherwise be used for athletic activity.

Athletes who use w3s report increase stamina (longer performance before fatigue sets in), reach higher performance plateaus, and recover from fatigue after exercise more quickly than they did before taking w3s. These benefits are likely due to increased oxidation rate.

Fundamental Assets

Optimum health, optimum cell tissue, and organ function, optimum energy production, and optimum waste and toxin management are an athlete's fundamental assets.

Athletes who squander the assets break fewer records, win fewer matches, suffer more injuries, and take longer to heal at comparable levels of discipline, technique, and practice. Even if their spirit is willing, their flesh remains weak without good oils and good food habits. Optimizing the fundamental, natural assets of their 'athletic machine' leads to higher performance levels.

Whatever minimizes the energy needed to digest and absorb nutrients, process toxins, perform immune functions, and eliminate wastes gives an athlete an edge over the competition. Whatever maximizes energy production without creating toxic side effects widens the competitive edge. Whatever minimizes allergic reactions to foods supports higher peak performance. Optimization of cell, tissue, and organ, functions according to each athlete's unique genetic and physical makeup is key to peak performance.

Fatty Acids and Healing

Athletes report that bruises and sprains heal faster when they include w3s in their diet. According to these athletes, minor injuries take only one-quarter to one-third of the healing time previously required.

W3s in Emu Oil

For maximum performance it is noted that emu oil provides the necessary w3s required. Emu oil offers a balance of w3s, linoleic acid (LA) and linolenic acid (LNA) and also optimum amounts of w6 oleic acid which is valuable as an anti-inflammatory.

Of approximately fifty known essential nutrients, LA has the highest daily requirement. The amount needed varies with season, latitude, levels of activity and stress, nutritional state, and individual differences.

One to two percent of calories (1 tsp., 3 to 6 grams/day) prevent signs of deficiency in most healthy adults. LA optimums are around 3 to 6 percent of calories (1 tbsp., 9 to 18 grams/day), requiring about 30 IU of vitamin E. Obese people and those eating hard fats, sugar, and trans-fatty acids require more.

Nutrients essential for LA functions include magnesium, selenium, zinc, and vitamins A, carotene, B3, B6, C and E.

An adult carries about 10- kilograms of body fat. About 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs.) is LA. Vegetarians’ bodies carry up to 25 percent of their body fat as LA. People with degenerative disease average only about 8 percent of their body fat as LA.

Alpha-linolenic acid (LNA) optimums range between 2 and 9 grams (1 or 2 tsp.) per day, averaging 2 percent of daily calories. Body content in healthy people is around 2 percent of fat, or 200 grams (half a pound) of LNA. LNA requires the same antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins necessary for LA functions.

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