Oil and fats are essential components needed for proper communication within the cell. Inside the cell membrane fat is a major constituent, it makes the membrane permeable to allow for cellular functions, this means
the ability to meet the nutritional needs the cell has, keep up with it’s metabolic rate, express it’s DNA, and its ability to communicate within the cell, and between neighboring cells. Denatured or unnatural fats like hydrogenated oils (trans fats) and margarine disrupt this process by interfering with the properties in the cell membrane that are necessary for maintaining the health of the cell. These fats can also be extremely dangerous and damaging to the body, because in preventing these natural processes they can can promote cancer or other illness. Non-denatured oils that are fresh are necessary otherwise they can take on an entirely different characteristic. If the oil is old or destroyed by heat it can be life-harming and dangerous. When the oil is pure in it’s unprocessed form it is much safer and the essential fatty acids within the oil will benefit your overall health.
In the last seventies, the WHO (World Health Organization) issued a warning to the global community that heavily processed oils used in food preparation and cooking were dangerous to the health of all individuals. The organization even advised world governments to cease the production of such oils through legal actions. Despite the fact that this warning was nearly forty years ago, very few nations in the world have taken actions to ban these substances. In The United States, it was recently a major headline when McDonalds decided to stop using trans-fats. This action is admirable, but there is a lot of work to be done. It’s essential to avoid all trans fats these include partially and fully hydrogenated products. Pretty much every oil sold in the grocery store and any processed oil such as vegetable oil, safflower, and corn oils should be avoided at all costs. Canola oil is okay for baking purposes at low temperatures, and olive oil is healthy when used cold in things such as salad dressings.
Fish oil, flax, hemp, and other oils rich in alpha-linolenic acid aka (ALA), and oils such as black currant seed, primrose, and borage containing gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), showed significant promise in reducing tumor growth in animal cells, and killing certain tumor cells in animal studies. Alpha-linolenic acid has been proven time and time again to be one of the most powerful anti-carcinogenic lipids available. This is especially true in the fight against breast cancer. As a matter of fact low levels of ALA in the body might actually contribute to the onset of the disease.