We've all heard the hype about omega fatty acids and their reported health benefits. Omega fatty acids are a family of unsaturated fatty acids that are vital to optimum health. Other than the fact that these acids exist, little was known about them until the last few years. Omega 3, 6 and 9 are the three main types of fatty acids, however omega 3 and 6 have been more widely studied than omega 9.
Essential fatty acids, or EFAs, are fatty acids that humans must consume for good health, mainly because the
body requires them but can't make them from other food components. The term refers to fatty acids required for biological processes, and not those that only act as fuel or energy. Apparently omega 9 fatty acids can be produced by the body and are therefore unnecessary as a supplement.
Some of the known health benefits of EFA's are the nourishment of skin and hair, reduction of
blood pressure, reduction of cholesterol and triglyceride levels, prevention of arthritis and inflammation and the reduction of the risk of blood clotting. Additionally, essential fatty acids help protect the body from cardiovascular disease,
candidiasis, eczema and psoriasis. EFA's also play a critical role in brain development and the transmission of nerve impulses.
Almost all the polyunsaturated fats in our modern diets are essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids play an important role in the life and death of cardiac cells and are thought to prevent or inhibit a number of diseases ranging from cardiac issues to breast cancer. Some of the most popular food sources of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids are fish and shellfish, flax seed, hemp seeds, soya oil, canola oil, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, leafy green vegetables and walnuts.
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