Don’t believe the mainstream propaganda, Canola oil and rapeseed oil are no more than liquid poison.
Though canola oil and rapeseed oil are marketed as a healthy oils, and you will find them in many “healthy hipster” hangouts like yoga studios, eatery’s and contemporary coffee shops, these oils are anything but healthy. They are cheap, highly unstable, inflammatory oils that were given a huge push by trusted advisory groups and the government’s dietary guidelines.
So, in case you didn’t already know, canola oil really isn’t a “healthier” version of rapeseed oil.
There are many reasons to avoid canola oil, even if it’s organic. And we can add one more to the list as new research shows us that Canola oil can actually affect your brain and increase memory loss.
Researchers from Temple University investigated the impact of canola oil on brain health. Hailing from the university’s Alzheimer’s Centre, the team looked at the effects daily consumption had on mice whose brains were exhibiting common signs of Alzheimer’s (plaques and tangles).
As lead researcher Domenico Praticò, M.D., contended, “Canola oil is appealing because it is less expensive than other vegetable oils, and it is advertised as being healthy. Very few studies, however, have examined that claim, especially in terms of the brain.” His team’s research has served to change that.
Mice who were fed canola oil daily showcased rapid weight gain; they gained one-fifth of their starting body weight in just six months. For reference, this would be equivalent to a 100-pound human gaining 20 pounds in six months.
But, the hazards of canola oil didn’t end there. Mice in the canola oil group also exhibited significant cognitive impairments. As Sayer Ji of Green Med Info reports, the rodents suffered a reduction in their working memory, marked by their decreased problem-solving capacity.
In fact, the canola oil-fed mice performed substantially worse on all tests, across the board, when compared to the control subjects. Overall, it became clear that canola oil consumption was detrimental to synaptic integrity – which is essential for brain function and memory.
Dr. Practico commented on the findings, stating, “Even though canola oil is a vegetable oil, we need to be careful before we say that it is healthy. Based on the evidence from this study, canola oil should not be thought of as being equivalent to oils with proven health benefits.” Such oils as olive oil for instance.
Beyond the fact that canola oil is actually rapeseed oil hiding under a new name, there are a host of other issues with this “food.” For example, the modified rapeseed used to make canola oil was one of the first products to ever undergo genetic modification, and almost all canola oil on the market these days is a GMO product – which also means its been sprayed with all the pesticides and herbicides designed to go alongside GMO plants.
Also, in order to transform rapeseed into canola oil, a substantial amount of processing is required. As reported, the process is not pretty. Further, the end result of all that processing is an oil likely contaminated with processing agents, like hexane.
Here are the four top reasons why canola oil doesn’t belong anywhere near your mouth.
1. 90 percent of canola oil is genetically modified
2. Canola oil is often used as a hydrogenated oil
3. Canola oil is the main ingredient of “non-chemical” pesticides
4. Canola oil has been shown to impair brain health and has been linked to memory loss
If you want brain, gut or skin issues, then these two should be a staple of your diet. However, these are two oils, along with others, I would stay well clear of.
But what if you have been consuming these two oils in large quantities because you thought they were healthy, what can you do to of set the damage they have done to your body and brain?
You have to eat lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, superfoods and clean water to cleanse your system.
One supplement strength product I would use would be turmeric – a yellow-pigmented curry spice that is often used in Indian cuisine – which has a long history of medicinal use in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as well as Ayurvedic medicine.
Traditional medicinal uses include the treatment of liver disease, skin problems, respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments, sprained muscles, joint pains, and general wound healing.
Its benefits have since been well documented in the medical literature, and curcumin—one of the most well-studied, bioactive ingredients in turmeric— has been found to promote health and protect against a wide array of health conditions.
It actually exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities, including anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity, as well as potent anti-cancer properties that have been intensely studied and neurological disease.
Curcumin is capable of crossing your blood-brain barrier, which is one factor that has led researchers to investigate its potential as a neuroprotective agent for neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
The potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin suggest it may also promote brain health in general. In the case of Alzheimer’s, recent animal research has discovered another bioactive ingredient in turmeric, besides curcumin, that adds to its neuroprotective effects.
This compound, called aromatic turmerone, help endogenous neural stem cells (NSC) to grow, and these stem cells play an important role in brain repair and regeneration activities. According to lead author Adele Rueger, “While several substances have been described to promote stem cell proliferation in the brain, fewer drugs additionally promote the differentiation of stem cells into neurons, which constitutes a major goal in regenerative medicine. Our findings on aromatic turmerone take us one step closer to achieving this goal.”
People with Alzheimer’s tend to have higher levels of inflammation in their brains, and curcumin is perhaps best known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties. It can inhibit both the activity and the inflammatory metabolic byproducts of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) and 5-lipooxygenase (5-LOX) enzymes, as well as other enzymes and hormones that modulate inflammation.
Another common condition that can benefit from curcumin’s anti-inflammatory activity is osteoarthritis. It also has potent anti-cancer activity, it can help you maintain a healthy digestive system, and may be useful against health issues caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori), such as gastritis, peptic ulcer, and gastric cancer. H. pyloriis thought to affect more than half of the world’s population and has been identified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organisation.
While turmeric is readily available in the spice section of any grocery store, it’s important to realise that if you’re looking for clinical results, it’s not enough to simply use turmeric in your cooking. The turmeric root itself contains only about three percent curcumin concentration, and curcumin is poorly absorbed by your body to boot. When taken in its raw form, you’re only absorbing about one percent of the available curcumin. Even in supplement form, it’s unlikely to provide the results shown in various disease studies.
If you want to use curcumin therapeutically, you can try to locate a high-quality turmeric extract that contains 100 percent certified organic ingredients, with at least 95 percent curcuminoids that is free from fillers, binders, additives, and excipients.
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