The Health Benefits of Essential Fatty Acids
We all have a problem with fat. Actually, most of us have two problems with fat. I'm sure you are familiar with the first problem - that our bodies overproduce fat. Statistically speaking, most Americans just need to look down at the waistline to see how big the problem is for them. But, you probably don't realize that you aren't getting enough "good fat" in your diet.
I know what you are thinking - there is no such thing as good fat. We'll there really is. This type of fat, actually called "Essential Fatty Acids" cannot be produced by your body. But, you absolutely need them to live. The only way to get them into your body is by by ingesting (yup, that means eating) them.
Essential fatty acids fall into two groups: omega-3 and omega-6. The 3 and 6 refer to the first carbon double bond position on the fatty acid chain. How can you tell the difference? Basically by understanding which foods contain omega-3 and which contain omega-6.
Omega-6 fatty acids are everywhere: corn oil, sunflower oil and soybean oil all contain them. Omega-3 fatty acids are harder to find. Things like flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids, as are salmon, trout and tuna. Current thinking is that these two fats need to be balanced in the diet at a ratio like 1-to-1 or 2-to-1, rather than the normal 20-to-1 ratio seen in most Western diets. About the only way to do that is to supplement your diet with omega-3 vegetable oils or to start eating fish in a big way (meaning two or three times a week).
Which option should you choose? Studies have shown that most Omega-3 studies are based on fish oil and show disappointing results compared to studies that used flaxseed oil. This may be because flaxseed oil starts with the plant form of linolenic acid, ALA (alpha linolenic acid), whereas fish oil contains the animal form, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). The body makes its own DHA and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) from ALA. Although some claim that the amount of DHA made is small, the body doesn't need much DHA. Most DHA is contained in cell membranes, and is held there with little replacement. In contrast, ALA and compounds made from it are also needed in the body for a number of essential functions. Fish oil cannot provide ALA, and therefore deprives you of this critical compound.
And one last thing, fish oil does taste fishy. That's it's nature. Flaxseed oil doesn't have that strong taste to it. So, if taste is a big factor, go with the plant or seed oils over fish oils.
Why do you need essential fatty acids or good fats anyway? Because Essential Fatty Acids support the cardiovascular, reproductive, immune, and nervous systems. The human body needs the essential fatty acids to manufacture and repair cell membranes, enabling the cells to obtain optimum nutrition and expel harmful waste products. A primary function of good fats is the production of prostaglandins, which regulate body functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, blood clotting, fertility, conception, and play a role in immune function by regulating inflammation and encouraging the body to fight infection. Essential Fatty Acids are also needed for proper growth in children, particularly for neural development and maturation of sensory systems, with male children having higher needs than females. Fetuses and breast-fed infants also require an adequate supply of essential fatty acids through the mother's dietary intake.
The best news is that you don't need a lot of these essential fatty acids per day. A tablespoon or two every day will suffice. We've made it even easier for you to get the good fats you need, in the preferred ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6. Simply put some of our EnergyFirst Omega Oil Blend into your whey protein powder shake or use it in your oil-based salad dressing. That's it. You'll get the health benefits of essential fatty acids, in the best ratio possible without any fishy aftertaste.
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