Fat Found in Your Body

By | September 28, 2019

Fat found in your body are cornerstone nutrient ingredients. “Almost 60% of the human brain is fat. Fats (fatty acids) are the most crucial substances, that enable your brain to function at its best. Plus, the omega-3 fats, EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) are needed for fetal, postnatal, and brain wellbeing. Most brain growth is completed by 5-6 years of age,” says the US National Library of Medicine in 2009.

Importantly “Dietary changes over the past few decades in the intake of omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fats show striking increases in the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio (-15:1). This means, when you eat more omega-6 compared to omega-3 polyunsaturated fats, they are used by your body as ingredients. When vital families of communicating regulators, are made with omega-6 polyunsaturated fats, such as those listed in #4, the eicosanoids, they trigger inflammation and become pro-inflammatory says the Us National Library of Medicine in 2012. 

This change is one reason why: inflammation not cholesterol causes heart disease.

Fat Found in Your Body

The framework for the following information comes from: Table 2.2 Representative Lipids Found in the Body, Chapter 2, Chemistry Comes Alive, Page 46, of my 1995, 3rd Edition of ‘Human Anatomy and Physiology’ by Elaine N. Marieb. A later edition can be found at Amazon.

Chart of Fat in Your Body


FAT TYPE                       LOCATION – FUNCTION – SOURCE


#1. Neutral Fat

Located:

In fat storage sites all over your body

Functions:

To insulate and protect vital organs and provide storage for energy

Sources:

Insulin stores surplus carbohydrates (chains of sugars & starches), as fat. Your liver stores excess fructose as fat. A fact the Conventional Food Policies Industries do not tell you. Step 3., 3.1. and 3.2. in ‘Natural Anti-Inflammatory Diet Plan in 6 Steps’ attempts to help untangle the sugars, fructose and glucose. Because ‘healthy plate’ the ‘food pyramids’, and lists of ‘healthy unrefined food’ don’t talk about the families of damaging sugars their recommendations contain.  So, if you are into ‘Self-Care’ and what to become more ‘sugar smart’ this may help.

Everything you eat is mixed together to make your energy. This happens in a processor in your liver called Acetyl co-enzyme A. Cholesterol is made at the same time during this process. How your body makes cholesterol is explained with little known evidence, here: What is cholesterol made of in the body?


#2. Phospholipids (*)  

Located:

In nerve, brain and eye cells, and cell construction. 35% of your brain phospholipids contain the omega-3 fat DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) – Your eyes may contain 60% DHA. DHA is made up of nutrient-rich of anti-inflammatory ingredients according to Clinical Nutrition: A Functional Approach, Chapter 4 Fats, page 72, 1999, by Jeffery S. Bland, Linda Costarella, DeAnn Liska, Dan Lukaczer, Barbara Schiltz, and Michael Schmidt which was available from Amazon.

All nerve cell walls contain pools of phospholipids, that are involved in healing and harming your brain. A response can trigger inflammation, or calm inflammation down says the US National Library of Medicine in 2009.

Functions:

Enables the conduction of electrical communication channels throughout the total nervous system and nerve cells in your body – this means you are able to feel sensation and touch

Sources:

Made by chemical changes happening in your body – this is the natural way your metabolism works


#3. STEROIDS: Cholesterol

Steroid hormones are made from cholesterol. This link may help you think about cholesterol differently – What is Cholesterol? Understanding Cholesterol is evidence-based and shares important information everyone should know about cholesterol, but don’t.

 Location:

Cholesterol is found in: every cell in the body (all cell membranes), sex hormones in testes and ovaries, the placenta during pregnancy, the adrenal glands, vitamin D, and bile in the gallbladder and liver. Cholesterol is vital for life! Without cholesterol in your body, you die.

Function:

Cholesterol is the structural building block of the 5 classes of steroid hormones. “The Biosynthetic Relationship of Classes of Steroid Hormones and Cholesterol” – means can simple processes from complex relationships. The following image can be browsed at the US National Library of Medicine.

How Steroid Hormones Are Made From Cholesterol: Biosynthetic Relationship of Classes of Steroid Hormones and Cholesterol

Cholesterol is the Precursor Ingredient

EXPLANATION of How Steroid Hormones Use Cholesterol As The Building Block Foundation

Look firstly at the name Cholesterol (C27) which starts at the top. This proves that cholesterol is the main ingredient in our bodies that make the 5 Steroid hormones. They are colored purple/red in this image. This links down to Pregnenolone (C21), and then to the Progestagens, (the female sex hormone progesterone is made here). The Androgens make the male sex hormone Testosterone and the female Estrogens. Mineralocorticoids named in the center, make Aldosterone which regulates your body’s salt and electrolytes via urine from your bladder and the kidneys. Glucocorticoids make Cortisol which regulates stress.

Sources:

Cholesterol is made from the food you eat (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) when it is mixed together, by the processor in liver cells that makes you energy. Cholesterol is made at the same time by the processor that is called acetyl co-enzyme A. How your body makes cholesterol uses images, and an explanation, in this link here: What is cholesterol made of in the body?


#3.1. Sex Hormones – also called “Steroid glands” or Gonads (*)

Sex hormones are made from cholesterol.

Location:

Progesterone, Testosterone, and Estrogen are located in your sex organs which are your testes and ovaries, and the placenta during pregnancy.

Function:

They are critical for the proper development of male and female bodies. Plus, regulate sexual differences and characteristics that make us male and female in humans and animals of species.

Sources:

“Cholesterol is the raw ingredient for your sex hormones, testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen says Chapter 2, Chemistry Comes Alive, page 46-47 of the Tenth Edition of Human Anatomy & Physiology by Marieb and Hoehn, available at Amazon.

Cholesterol is the main structural nutrient ingredient, which is made from the food you eat (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) when it is mixed together, by the processing enzyme, acetyl coenzyme A. This happens in your liver How your body makes cholesterol is explained here: What is cholesterol made of in the body?


#3.2. Adrenal Cortical Hormones – Cortisol is One of Many (*)

Adrenal cortical hormones are made from cholesterol.

Location:

There are over 12 steroid hormones collectively called corticosteroids which are made inside your body from cholesterol. Fat-laden cortical cells are arranged in 3 different layers, inside adrenal glands which sit on top of your two kidneys. Mineralocorticoids regulates salt and electrolytes via urine from the bladder and the kidneys

Function of Corticosteroids – Cortisol:

When normal cortisol rhythm is interrupted by stress, the sympathetic nervous system (the fight-flight system) overrides and triggers cortisol stress hormones – blood pressure goes up, blood sugar levels increase and breathing becomes difficult

Function of Mineralocorticoids:

Aldosterone, a mineralocorticoid, regulates your body’s salt and electrolytes via urine from your bladder and the kidneys

How Steroid Hormones Are Made Using Cholesterol: – Biosynthetic Relationship of Classes of Steroid Hormones and Cholesterol Says The US National Library of Medicine

 

Cholesterol is the Precursor Ingredient

Sources:

Made from embryonic cells – cholesterol is the main structural nutrient ingredient. If you still believe cholesterol is bad, learn what Conventional Medicine is NOT telling you about how cholesterol is made inside your body, here.


#3.3. Bile Salts – bile acid (*)

Located:

Stored in your gallbladder then secreted into the top part of the small intestine (duodenum) – then reabsorbed in the lower part of your small intestine (ileum). If you have no gallbladder, then bile is released by your liver into the top part of your small intestine (Duodenum)

Functions:

The breakdown of all fats so your body can use them

Source:

Made in your liver from cholesterol


#3.4. Vitamin D: A Group of Chemically Distinct Sterols

Location:

It is digested and produced inside your body when exposed to ultraviolet rays from sunlight and food – Vitamin D is made into calciferol in your skin, liver, and kidneys

Functions:

Blood clotting, bone, and tooth formation increases calcium blood levels by enhancing absorption of calcium, together with parathyroid hormone mobilizes calcium from bones and balances calcium levels in your blood”

Sources:

The higher amount of vitamin D containing foods are listed first:  canned sardines, salmon, tuna, shrimp, butter, sunflower seeds, liver, eggs,  mushrooms, natural cheeses


#4. Eicosanoids: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes & Thromboxanes) (*) (*)

Eicosanoids are potent fat-based signaling substances.

Location:

They are found in all cell membranes (the thin cell walls& structures) of humans and animals.

Function:

They are a group of hormone-like fats that have a diverse range of effects such as: triggering labor contractions during birth, regulating the contraction and relaxation of smooth muscle, the dilation, and constriction of blood pressure, and up-regulate or down-regulate inflammation. They can be pro-inflammation or anti-inflammation

Sources:

“Dietary changes over the past few decades in the intake of omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fats show striking increases in the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio (-15:1), which are associated with greater digestion (metabolism) of omega-6 compared to omega-3 polyunsaturated fats. When the families of eicosanoids are made with omega-6 polyunsaturated fats they are pro-inflammatory (trigger inflammation)” says the Us National Library of Medicine in 2012. 

Important:

If you want to learn how to control prostaglandin production – the Do’s & Don’ts, things to manage, signs of prostaglandin issues, and then final thoughts of prostaglandins: draxe.com has great information here

 


#5. Other Fat-Soluble Vitamins Made in The Body

#5.1. Vitamin A

Location:

In your immune system, eyes, bones, trillions of cell wall linings, and liver

Functions:

Needed by your liver to successfully detoxify chemicals that have got into your body – maintains the health of trillions of cells wall linings

Prevents: low immunity, poor eye health, weak bone health and hyperkeratosis (a build-up of your skin when it is unable to shed layers, this creates conditions like acne or psoriasis)

Best Sources:

Vitamin A (from animals): calf, beef, goat, lamb and chicken livers. Carotenoids (from a plant): dandelion greens, carrots, apricots, kale, parsley, spinach, turnip, mustard & beet greens, Swiss chard. All of these are processed for food and absorbed into the body in the intestines and stored in your liver

Important:

For absorption to occur fat must be present in your diet. Vitamin A and carotenoids foods absorb differently: approximately 80 – 90% of vitamin A is absorbed compared to 5-50% of carotenoids

 #5.2. Vitamin E

Location:

Inside your blood cells, nerve cells, and lung cells

Functions:

The primary function is to help your immune system prevent peroxidation (rust like damage to microscopic parts of your body). These microscopic parts of your body are the fine membranes and linings of your: blood cells, nerve cells, and lung cells

Sources:

Must be the best quality foods that do not damage your body further like:

sunflower seeds, almonds, sesame oil, olive oil, peanut butter, butter, spinach, asparagus, salmon, brown rice, peas, walnuts, eggs and lamb

 #5.3. Vitamin K

Location:

In the gastrointestinal tract (gut)

Functions:

To prevent bleeding and to clot blood

Sources:

Diets low in green leafy vegetables may mean you are deficient –sources are turnip greens, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, beef liver, spinach, watercress, asparagus, cheese, pork liver, green peas, green beans, eggs

Important:

Use of salicylates (aspirin) may increase your need for vitamin K


#6. Lipoprotein

Learn the differences between Lipoproteins and the Steroid Cholesterol in this post: What is Cholesterol: NEW Research.

Location:

In your bloodstream

Function:

The transportation system in your blood

Sources:

Made from the food you eat (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) when food is mixed together in your liver to make your energy.


Finally: Are you eating enough cornerstone nutrient fat, the omega-3 fats, in your diet –  the good anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats that keep your brain healthy? Or are you unknowingly eating foods that contain the omega-6 fat families, the inflammation triggering fats?

Now there is a take-home-finger-prick-test that measures the amount of omega-3, omega-6 and trans fats, in your red blood cells. – Are you thinking about getting one?

Fat Found in Your Body: Conclusion

“Fat found naturally in your body are cornerstone ingredients. Almost 60% of the human brain is fat. Fats (fatty acids) are the most crucial substances (molecules), that enable your brain to function at its best. Plus, the omega-3 fats, EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) are needed for fetal and postnatal wellbeing. Most brain growth is completed by 5-6 years of age,”  says the US National Library of Medicine in 2009.

Importantly “Dietary changes over the past few decades in the intake of omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fats show striking increases in the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio (-15:1). This means, when you eat more omega-6 compared to omega-3 polyunsaturated fats, they are used by your body as ingredients. When vital families of communicating regulators, are made with omega-6 polyunsaturated fats, such as those listed in #4, the eicosanoids, they trigger inflammation and become pro-inflammatory says the Us National Library of Medicine in 2012. 

Now there is a take-home-finger-prick-test that measures the amount of omega-3, omega-6 and trans fats, in your red blood cells. – Are you thinking about getting one?

List of Fat Found in Your Body


 #1. Neutral Fat

 #2. Phospholipids (*)  

 #3. STEROIDS: Cholesterol

#3.1. Sex Hormones – also called “Steroid glands” or Gonads (*)

#3.2. Adrenal Cortical Hormones – Cortisol is One of Many (*)

#3.3. Bile Salts – bile acid (*)

#3.4. Vitamin D: A Group of Chemically Distinct Sterols

#4. Eicosanoids: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes & Thromboxanes

Found in all cell membranes (the thin cell walls& structures) of humans and animals. They are a group of hormone-like fats that have a diverse range of effects such as: triggering labor contractions during birth, regulating the contraction and relaxation of smooth muscle, the dilation, and constriction of blood pressure, and up-regulate or down-regulate inflammation. They can be pro-inflammation or anti-inflammation

#5. Other Fat-Soluble Vitamins

#5.1. Vitamin A

#5.2. Vitamin E

#5.3. Vitamin K

 #6. Lipoproteins


Now I would like to hear from you – What do you think about fats and their vital role in your body?

 

By Citizen Scientist RJ

 

 

8 thoughts on “Fat Found in Your Body

  1. Joonas

    This is a very informative article about different types of fats and their functions. Some people really try to avoid eating fat too much but are still eating a ton of carbs. Avoiding unhealthy fats makes sense, but avoiding all fats is not wise. It is really important to get enough different types of beneficial fats from your diet.

    Reply
    1. RJ Post author

      Hey Joonas,
      The functions of fat in our bodies is not well known. There is very little education about the function of fat in our bodies by Conventional Food Policies.
      And yes, as you say, too much carbs are eaten.
      I’m glad you found this informative.

      RJ

      Reply
  2. Jon

    It’s a very informative article, indeed! 😀 Fats play such an important role in many basic functions in the body, our bodies need a certain amount of fat to function. However, too much cholesterol and other fats can lead to disease, and that a healthy diet involves watching how much fatty food we eat. 🙂

    Reply
  3. Eco_Catherine

    This is fantastic information. I had no idea about Omega 6. I just presumed that all Omegas were good because omega 3 is. Can you give me some examples of foods to avoid, please?

    Reply
    1. RJ Post author

      Hi Eco_Catherine,
      Omegas are not all the same. Omega 6 is in all plant oils. Family members are canola, corn, soy safflower, sunflower, cotton and vegetable oils. It has replaced saturated fat and butter in baked good throughout Western cultures because of the cholesterol ‘spin’

      RJ

      Reply
  4. Nate Stone

    Hey RJ,

    Really in depth article on types of fats found in your body. I was only saying to a client yesterday, that a major issue for peoples health is the levels of omega 6 and polyunsaturated fats in their diets. I’m going to direct a few of my clients to this article, I advise people on how to naturally testosterone production. As you rightly point out in this article cholesterol cerates steroid hormones including testosterone.

    A lot of people struggle to get their head round the fact they need cholesterol as they’ve been falsely informed it is bad for you, and this article, explains why you need cholesterol in a very easy and simple to follow manner!

    Reply
    1. RJ Post author

      Hey Nate,
      This is such a positive, well-informed response.
      I feel that your clients are sooooo blessed to have found you.

      RJ

      Reply

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