Essential oils; what are they; what do they do?


By Ross MacDonald

When a Supplement is called “Essential”   it means that the body does not produce it and, therefore, it has to be “supplemented” by other means—mostly by mouth.

There are several OILS (called fatty oils) that are important to your health. For one thing the brain is largely made up of these fatty oils. The “oil” known as Omega 3 is usually derived from cold water fish specifically mackerel, herring, halibut and salmon, or from Flaxseeds.( Many of you will remember being “forced” to take cod liver oils as kids). Omega 3 is a combination of EPA and DHA oils (the scientific names I will not bother you with).

More and more strong evidence suggests that Omega 3 is one of the, most helpful supplements in your heart’s health  in the growth of cells, and in your immune and nervous system. Omega 3 comes in capsule form with a recommended dosage of 1000mg twice a day. Flaxseed oil has the added benefit of helping to maintain present cholesterol levels.

The Omega 6 oils come from Borage, Evening Primrose and Black Current oils. These are also essential

and have successfully been used to combat  pain due to arthritis in its different forms. The base of Omega6 oils are grains and cereals.

Omega 3 and 6 have been studied extensively and good results have been obtained using them to improve:

age related mental impairment, Alzheimers, anticancer treatments, breast cancer, herpes, prostate cancer prevention and pain management, AND help maintain strong bones.

This is one of the most important supplements available. The various names are: DHA, EPA, OMEGA3, OMEGA 3,6,9.,FLAXSEED, AND GLA. Omega 3 oils should be accompanied by vitamin gamma E

.VITAMIN E is one of the most important antioxidants necessary to good health. . There are, however, various forms of this vitamin. The prefix “dl” states the vitamin is chemically produced, “d” is the natural form and is absorbed much more rapidly into your system.  Some research has found the synthetic Vit E is almost worthless. There are also the Alpha and Gamma forms. The considered best is Gamma Tocopherol a combination of both alpha+gamma tocopherols and tocotrienols.

Vitamin E works well with vitamin C and Selenium. It is a strong anti oxidant to fight free radicals in the body and helps maintains a healthy immune and prostate system.

Several years ago at the Un of California Berkley researches discovered that old almost dying rats could be revived by using a form of the amino acid L- Carnitine ( used for heart health)  known as Acetyl L Carnitine (ALC). It was discovered that ALC slowed the breakdown of the animal’s cells – a real anti aging sign—and when the addition of a very strong anti- oxidant called Alpha Lipoic Acid( ALA) was added the rats remained  healthy. ALC is also widely known as a protector of brain cells.

ALA also promotes muscle energy, liver health, and revitalizes the underlying skin structure so it looks more radiant. ALA also has the ability to “recycle” the anti oxidants Vitamins C, E and Co Q -10 to help fight free radicals.

Ross Macdonald, BS, MS, CPT has written over 150 articles for the Atencion on exercise , health and vitamins/supplements since 1997. His specialization is vitamins and supplements for a healthy body. He can be reached at

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