EFAs Essential Fatty Acids And Acne
One of the main reasons for hormonal imbalance in the human body is insufficient level of prostaglandins, which are chemicals that help regulate and direct hormones. The more hormones your body produces (during menstruation for example), the more it needs prostaglandins to stabilize and regulate these hormones. The only problem is that the body cannot manufacture sufficient amounts of prostaglandins without the proper raw materials.
These raw materials are the essential fatty acids (EFA). Essential fatty acids (EFA) are found in flax oil, cold water fish like salmon or tuna, sunflower seeds, soybean, borage, walnut and safflower oil.
Omega-3, omege-6, and omega-9 are the essential fatty acids your body needs to produce the critical prostaglandins. However, it’s not enough that you consume foods rich in EFA like salmon and flax oil and walnuts, you need to have the proper balance of these EFAs in order for your body to effectively produce these prostaglandins.
Because a typical Western diet (even a healthy diet) is rich in omega-6 and omega—9 (olive oil, canola oil) but poor in omega—3, you’ll obviously need to balance your EFA intake by consuming more cold fish oil, walnuts and flax oil that are rich in omega-3. The recommended ratio is 2 times omega-3 then omega-6, and omega—9 combined.
However, there is a limit to how much walnuts, cod liver oil or salmon you can consume (causes calcium deficiency, contains mercury and other heavy metals) to ensure a proper balance.
Taking EFA supplements will ensure your body will have all the raw materials it needs to produce the necessary prostaglandins that will stabilize your hormones.
The only one I recommended, having experienced it myself, is the Total EFA- Vegetarian (liquid) Formula. It is an excellent source for EFA, the magic 3 oi|s—f|ax, borage and primrose—are cold processed, organic and kept in a dark bottle unexposed to oxygen, heat or sunlight.
Recommended amount per day: 2-4 tablespoons. Important: The Total EFA comes in a gel cap formula and a liquid vegetarian formula. Be sure to buy the liquid formula as it is far superior. Also, be sure to keep the bottle refrigerated at all times.
Cod Liver Oil
The Total EFA supplies your daily needs for essential fatty acids (EFAs) in an ideal ratio of omega—3 and omega—6 from pharmaceutical grade certified organic Flax oil, molecularly distilled Fish oil and Borage Oil. It also contains, 288mg omega—6 GLA per day, omega—3 ALA, EPA and DHA, plus omega—9 fatty acids. Vegetable oils, like flax, primrose, and borage (unlike cod fish oils) only have linolenic acid, and linoleic acid.
The good news is that in a well balanced body, these acids are converted into ARA, ALA, EPA, and DHA. Omega—3, for example, is converted by the body into eicosopentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Having said that, because at the beginning of the program we cannot be sure how well our body can convert these acids (EFAs) into the longer fatty acid chains, it may be necessary to add fish oils (like salmon or cod liver which have the ready—made longer chain EFAs EPA and DHA) in order to get a complete essential fatty acid spectrum. The very best quality, value (and taste) of cod liver oil is Carlson’s lemon flavored cod liver oil.
Adding extra amount of Borage oil to the Total EFA blend, to ensure proper GLA intake and the production of anti—inflammatory hormones, has yield tremendously positive results with some individuals especially among women who go through painful PMS symptoms.
B Complex Vitamins
B-1 (thiamin), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3 (niacin), B-5 (pantothenic acid), B-6 (pyridoxine)
These vitamins are mainly responsible for healthy nerves and skin, eyes and metabolizing and digesting food. Naturally found in bee pollen and royal jelly. htt : www.stakich.com
The recommended amount per day is 50 mg each (1 capsule of vitamin B complex).
One of the most powerful antioxidants available, protecting the body from free radicals and from polyunsaturated fats to become oxidized, vitamin E helps repair skin damage and speeds up the healing process.
Naturally found in avocadoes, carrots, celery, leek, lettuce, parsnip sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and spinach, whole wheat flour, whole wheat bran, whole grain cereals, oatmeal, soy beans, legumes, raw unadulterated honey, bee pollen, sprouted seeds and sweet potatoes.
The recommended daily amount is at least 400 IU in the form of natural, dry alpha tocopherol.
Needed for healthy teeth, gums, bones, skin, hair and nails, vitamin A helps your skin to get rid of the extra old skin cells so it will have room for new skin cell growth. Taking it also prevents night blindness, enhances immunity and protects against infections of the kidneys. Naturally found in eggs, liver and milk.
Its derivative is beta carotene found in vegetables high in beta—carotene such as carrots, oranges, peaches, tangerines and mangoes. Beta-carotene is also found in dark leafy vegetables. The body naturally produces vitamin A from beta carotene. Vitamin A significantly helps in reducing acne.
Unless you know for a fact that your body lacks the ability to transform beta carotene into vitamin A, avoid taking vitamin A as a supplement as it can be toxic on certain levels. Eat lots of rich beta carotene foods instead.
Needed for the absorption of vitamin A in the blood, zinc heals wounds, helps form skin collagen, boosts the immune system and helps utilize vitamin E. It is important for the healing process and prevention of acne as it also regulates the skin’s oil gland activity. Zinc is also found in legumes, soybeans, whole grains, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
The recommended amount per day is 50 mg as more can be poisonous.
It is important as it is a rare mineral, which is why so many people have magnesium deficiencies. Magnesium is excellent for maintaining flexibility of the skin and for skin tone. Magnesium is also a powerful hormone stabilizer and an anti-stress mineral that works with your muscles. Magnesium can be found mainly in spinach. The recommended amount per day is above 800 mg.
Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that works well if combined with vitamin A and E. Selenium prevents polyunsaturated fats from being oxidized. It is also effective at preventing heart disease, maintaining a healthy liver and is also required for skin elasticity. It is naturally found in tuna, grains and Brazil nuts.
In high doses selenium can become very toxic. The recommended amount per day is 100-200 mcg. Five to six raw, hand—pee|ed Brazil nuts can supply the recommended daily intake.
A powerful antioxidant that protects the essential fatty acids, helps absorb iron and enhance the vitamin E effect. It also speeds up the healing process. Vitamin C is responsible for the production of collagen, and it neutralizes toxics and reduces stress. Naturally found in red bell peppers, oranges, lemons, watermelons, kiwi, strawberries, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, parsley.
You can provide yourself with vitamin C simply by eating organic citrus fruit in the morning like oranges and strawberries. Squeezing organic lemon juice and diluting it with water cannot only provide a high quality of vitamin C, it also cleanses your system when taken on an empty stomach.
The recommended amount per day is 1000 mg.
- Lecithin is an excellent nutritional supplement when it comes to fighting acne. Here are some of its benefits:
- Helps the transmission of messages in the brain from one nerve to another
- Helps EFAs absorption (also important for balanced hormones and healthy skin)
- Aids in removing fatty buildup in the liver and helps repair the liver
- Helps in preventing the accumulation of cholesterol in the blood.
- Helps the body absorb vitamin A and vitamin D, which makes it very important for maintaining healthy skin.
- You can find lecithin in soybeans, wheat germ, liver, eggs and grains. One of the best sources for lecithin is pure, raw egg yolks “enhanced with omega-3.” Unfortunately, I’m allergic to eggs so I have to take the liquid supplement. The recommended amount per day is 1 tablespoon.
MSM (Methyl Sulphonyl Methane)
MSM is an organic sulfur. Sulfur is known to help accelerate the healing process of the body including helping the formation of collagen, which is required to form new cells.
Sulfur also helps the body absorb EFAs and helps the liver in the process of deactivating hormones, which is also crucial for hormonal balancing. Additionally, MSM can significantly help to make red marks fade away.
I recommend that you start with 5-10 grams a day for a period of up to one week and then switch back to maintenance doses of 1 gram per day.
MSM can be found in powder or in capsules. You are welcome to choose which better suits your needs.
Note: Known sulphur foods are: Brussels sprouts, cabbage, beans, onions, garlic and hot peppers.
Traditionally used to treat prostatic hyperplasia, saw palmetto is an herb that lowers the androgen hormone levels. Thus is very beneficial in the treatment of acne. I usually take between 200-300 mg a day with food that contains fat. Note: Saw palmetto is not suitable for women.
There is a fantastic substitute, however, that is specifically manufactured for women and functions exactly as Saw palmetto: It is called Vitex Fruit (Chaste Tree Berry) and it contains a very powerful herb called agnus castus. Take 1-2 capsules a day.
You can find both Saw palmetto and Vitex Fruit at:
Blood And Skin Rejuvenator
Especially if you have severe case of acne, this herbal supplement will effectively cleanse and eliminate toxins from your blood and stimulate liver function.
Coconut oil is extremely beneficial for acne—prone skin in many ways. Here are some of them:
Protects the EFAs from oxidizing if you mix it with them Stabilizes blood sugar levels Helps improve liver function (crucial for acne sufferers)
Fights Candida and other yeasty blood pollutants and parasites Improves digestion
Good advice is to add 3 tablespoons a clay to your EFAs.
Primal Defense is a whole food probiotic blend that contains 14 strains of plant-based soil organisms. As we already know, probiotics are important because they, among other benefits, help the growth of the friendly bacteria and contribute to a healthy intestinal lining.
When your intestinal lining is populated by healthy, beneficial bacteria, it can fight unwelcome organisms like Candida that pollute your blood and deprive your body of essential nutrients.
Our soil has been sterilized with pesticides and herbicides that destroys most bacteria, and agricultural chemicals are responsible for destroying much of the beneficial bacteria in our bodies. Taking Primal Defense daily is a wise decision as it can seriously help the friendly bacteria to grow.
Primal Defense should be taken daily in addition to prebiotic foods as it contains the most powerful organisms that help establish the ideal environment for probiotics to flourish. Start by taking 2 capsules a day.