Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Essencial Fatty Acids, Why So Essencial?


In our recent history, there has been a war declared on FAT. Fortunately, we now have enough studies the show the effects the different fats on our bodies. While there are several different types of fats, in this post, I'll be briefly explaining Essential Fatty Acids or 'EFAs'.

Let's first go over what EFAs are. Essential Fatty Acids are fats that your body cannot make, and therefore you must consume them through food sources. These two EFAs are alpha linoleic acid (omega-3) and linoleic acid (omega-6).

Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA) is naturally found in flax, hemp seed and walnuts. Linoleic Acid (LA) is naturally found in safflower, sunflower, hemp, walnut, pumpkin, sesame and flax.

What Makes EFAs Essential

Both Omega-3 and Omega-6 play important roles in our bodies, they include growth and development, brain functioning, skin health, hair growth, metabolism, reproductive system health and cell membrane integrity.

In a typical North American diet, Omega-6 intake is too high a this may promote inflammation whereas the other fats such as Omega-3, are considered anti-inflammatory and may help with reducing inflammation in out bodies.

If you feel your diet lacks Essential Fatty Acids, you can supplement your Omega-3 and Omega-6 intake with a high quality fish oil. I personally use Ascenta Health's Nutra Sea Lemon Flavoured Fish Oil.

Benefits Of Essential Fatty Acids (to name a few)


  • May improve joint health
  • may decrease pain (muscle soreness)
  • may improve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
  • may lower heart rate during exercise
  • good for your heart

Supplementing Essential Fatty Acids


What I like about Ascenta Health is their Pure Check; it guarantees that very lot of product meets label claims that it's product is pure and free of environmental contamination. I've been using Nutra Sea for the past 10 years (on and off) but it's the only brand I can trust.

If you're interested in supplementing your diet with Essential Fatty Acids but have questions, please consult your family doctor, I believe those on blood thinners shouldn't take fish oil.

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