Fat is crucial for brain function and development. The addition of cod liver oil has been particularly beneficial for autistic spectrum disorders – increasing mood, improving cognitive function, aiding healing, and reducing inflammation.
Many fats are healthy – while others are unhealthy. On the healthy and anti-inflammatory side is omega 3 – fish oil, cod
liver oil, flax oil, and animal fats from pastured animals (grass fed).
These omega 3s have (or in the case of flax convert to) wonderful
anti-inflammatory fatty acids – EPA and DHA. They provide many
benefits; however, quality is key. Particularly for animal fats quality is essential, commercial animal fats are quite inflammatory; where as,
grass-fed or pastured fats such as butter and dairy fat, animal fat,
pastured eggs have great anti-inflammatory properties and healing compounds (including butyric acid in dairy fat).
Trans fats are the main fat I would consider very unhealthy such as those found in commercial mayonnaise, margarine, and many processed foods. Additionally, commercial animal fats as mentioned above, from conventionally-raised animals are also unhealthy – with higher levels of arachadonic acid and other inflammatory compounds (such as those created from the animals eating grain), and lower levels of anti-inflammatory fats such as DHA.
Therefore, quality is key. For inflammation of the gut, brain, skin or other conditions, try cod liver oil. The addition of naturally-occurring vitamin A aids healing and has been shown in Mary Megson’s research of G-Alpha protein defects to be very helpful with autism.