YES EFA Frequently Asked Questions

YES EFA Frequently Asked Questions

Jan 8th 2024

Natural Healing Tools has been selling - and taking (both for human and our pets) - for decades. The incredible health benefits of Parent Essential Oils is well documented. Also well documented is the purity and bio-accessibility of Flax Seed Oils compared to over cooked fish oils. 

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What is the difference between Omega-3 and 6 vs Parent Essential Oils vs Essential Fatty Acids? 

These terms are actually interchangeable for our use. 

Brain Peskin, the worlds recognized expert on Omegas, coined the phrases "Parent Essential Oils" or PEO's and "Essential Fatty Acids" or EFA's. Both of these terms are used to describe the need for all the Omegas in our daily diets. 

Brian Peskin's groundbreaking work has brought the need of this level of supplementation to the forefront of modern dietary medicine. Brian Peskin's work originated from his desire to bring his wife relief in her struggles with diabetes. 

What are Parent Essential Oils (PEO) exactly?

They are the two, short-chain, polyunsaturated fatty acids, that are essential to life, which are known as Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), and chemically named, Linoleic Acid (LA) and Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA), also commonly known as Parent Omega-6 and Parent Omega-3.

They are NOT to be confused with the derivative oils, also known as Omega oils, or simply fish oil.

Parent Omega Oils, or Parent Essential Oils (PEOs) are found in varying amounts in seeds, grasses, flowers, nuts and other plants.

PEOs® cannot be made by the human body from other nutrients. Therefore, they must come from the diet.

Parent Essential Oils (PEOs) is a term coined by Brian Peskin to distinguish these two particular Omega oils from derivative Omega, long-chain EFAs that the body can make if there are sufficient of the unadulterated parent oils (PEOs) in the cells from which to make them. In other words, other Omega oils are NOT ESSENTIAL.

Brian Peskin considered using the name Parent Omega Oils (POOs), but the abbreviation didn't sound right, and didn’t include the concept of “essential to be eaten” in that the body cannot make them.

Again, Parent Essential Oils are essential in two ways.

  1. First, they MUST COME FROM FOOD and cannot be made by the body.
  2. And, second, they are essential in the sense that human life is not possible without them.

To work properly in the cells and tissues of the body, Parent Essential Oils MUST be unheated, MUST be (chemically) unprocessed, SHOULD be organically raised and MUST be very carefully handled so that they maintain full physiologic functionality.

Virtually all the polyunsaturated, grocery oils that people consume today contain adulterated (IE “non-correctly-functional”) versions of Parent Essential Oils. This is a huge problem because these adulterated oils are insidiously damaging to health — we say insidiously because their damage often isn’t noticed for years or decades.

The primary way that adulterated or damaged Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are harmful is that they are no longer fully functioning Parent Essential Oils and will, therefore, no longer readily hold and release oxygen. All EFAs, except for these two parent oils (ALA and LA) are correctly termed EFA “derivatives”. This includes the most common derivatives such as Arachidonic Acid - AA, Docosahexaenoic acid - DHA, Eicosapentaenoic acid - EPA, etc.

Do Parent Essential Oils have other health benefits besides increased cellular oxygenation? 

Yes, PEOs® are the proper oils for the body to use build cell membranes that function optimally in all ways. Many health challenges are associated to faulty membrane function. This includes Multiple Sclerosis, hardening of the arteries, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and more.

Do not leave cell membrane health to chance because health is the result of many small and simple things, that together add up to health and longevity. One of those simple things is taking Parent Essential Oils so that you can be sure you have healthy cell membranes.

Describe the manufacturing process for Brian Peskin's YES Parent Essential Oils.

Yes. Unlike most commercial oil supplements, our PEOs® are produced in small, carefully monitored quantities. The oils have no pesticides and have organic certification.

Beyond that, the way you measure whether an oil is good or not is what’s called the PV (Peroxide Value, which is an indicator of free radical damage). We buy only organic seeds, or organic oils. The seeds are crushed to our specs, using a cold pressing methods. We then measure peroxide values of the constituent oils.

  • The individuals oils are pressed and kept in drums that are covered with a nitrogen blanket, which simply means we cover them with a layer of nitrogen gas, which keeps them from being exposed to the oxygen in the ambient air. Oxygen causes oils to degenerate, so we use nitrogen to keep them fresh. After we blend the oils we ship them to the encapsulator.
  • We use an encapsulator that does pharmaceutical grade encapsulation. In our case we use two-part hard gel-caps. We use a hard gel-cap because it’s more impervious to transmission of oxygen than vegetarian caps. With a two-part capsule there will be a bit of gas at the top end of the cap. You can’t avoid that, so what we do is use a nitrogen flush procedure so that the gas that you see in the capsule is nitrogen, not oxygen. That further reduces the opportunity for the oil to oxygenate or oxidize.
  • After the process is done, the capsules cure and then we measure the again for Peroxide Value (PV) and we typically see a very low PV for our product which is obviously what matters. Typically the PV is around 4-6. The slight variation is because we are dealing with agricultural products that vary. Also, we use coconut oil as a natural preservative to help inhibit oxidation. Obviously organic oils can oxidize very easily and so we have to be careful in every way possible.

That’s our process and you can rest assured that you receive "parent" oils, not the harmful overdoses of "derivatives," as found in so many commercial products. FYI: we have tested product after one and a half years and we found that PV never rose higher than 9–10 which is still relatively low.

As a comparison, if you were to go into a grocery store and pick up some sunflower seed oil in the normal clear glass bottle, you would find numbers ranging to well over 20 or 30 and, therefore, an inability for them transfer oxygen.

Also, we have tested the PV values of the oils in our solid white opaque bottle. The PV is same or better than in the capsules and holds a low PV value longer than in the gel capsules.

Why is getting enough unadulterated PEO is a challenge in the modern diet?

In the current US world of food, we eat processed, preserved and overcooked foods. Many with preservative

hemicals, added sugars, hard to digest oils and other ingredients that keep the food "fresh" longer thus making it difficult to digest. 

Getting Parent Essential Oils every day, in the correct amount is actually very challenging. The foods that naturally contain PEO's are not common to many diets. These food choices include: cold water, fatty fish like salmon, avocado, walnuts, dark greens like spinach and flax seeds. 

As a diet, getting enough PEO's without over cooking is a challenge. It is the scientifically-supported position of Brian Peskin and other nutritional scientists that the greatest contributing cause to our modern cancer and cardiovascular pandemic is the consumption of damaged vegetable oils. Perhaps, no other food has as much an overall health damaging effect to a population of people as do modern, “processed for longer shelf life” vegetable oils - because of the damage that processing does to PEOs, and the consequent reduction in cellular oxygen in people.

We look forward to a coming day when the knowledge of the value of PEOs® will be as common as the knowledge of the value of Vitamin C… when virtually all people on earth will understand that the prime cause of cancer and many chronic diseases is low cell oxygen… and that the most important way to prevent low cell oxygen is to frequently consume the undamaged, delicate, oxygen attracting oils called Alpha Linolenic Acid and Linoleic Acid which are found in raw vegetables, seeds, nuts, flowers, green leafy vegetables and grasses. When we finally reach that day that people generally understand the importance of Parent Essential Oils, suffering from the greater destroyers of life called cancer and cardiovascular disease will belong to the annals of history (just like scurvy). Certainly, the cause of cancer is not mysterious for those who have read either of Brian Peskin's watershed books.