What started as an experiment for me has turned into an interesting answer. I've been suffering so much for so long from joint and bone pains, and since doing my food journal I've been able to find some correlations: my pains get worse from eating chicken, and lessen from eating fish. So, it made me wonder what the heck is going on here? That's when I stumbled upon Arachidonic Acid.
Ever hear of Arachidonic Acid? It is an omega-6-Fatty Acid, found in regular eggs, corn, soy, wheat, sunflower seeds, regular chicken, red meat/fat. Especially chicken (and eggs) and beef/etc who are fed corn and soy? And its saturated form is in peanut oil.
Well, Omega-6-FAs stimulate the immune system, leading to swelling and pain, increased risk of heart disease. (Omega-3-FAs reduce swelling, calm down the immune system, reduce pain/risk of heart disease/etc). They are both essential fatty acids, we need to get them from our food. But too much Arachidonic Acid is a problem and some people react adversely to too much Arachidonic Acid!
What if the solution is as simple as a strict diet change to food that does not eat nor form Arachidonic Acid in moderate to large quantities?
You know those expensive omega3FA eggs in the store and grass fed beef and chickens raised on flax seed, free range? They are all low in Arachidonic Acid compared to the same protein sources fed corn and soy. Olive oil is good (low in AA), corn, soy and sunflower oil are bad (high in AA).
What is fascinating to me is that it confirms what my body has been telling me about what foods are good and bad for me.
BTW, over-consumption of AA also is related to insulin resistance diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue... health problems that are all on the upswing in our culture.
Could this be related to the use of corn, soy and sunflower oil in most of our prepackaged foods?