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Essential Fatty Acid Oils

The word oil might make you think about your car's engine or deep-fried food. However, with regards to the needs of the humans body, oil can actually be a good thing. Oil—fatty acids or lipids—has been given a pretty bad rap over the years. For most, the word oil with any reference to food or diet probably conjures up an image of someone overweight or obese. But it doesn't have to be this way. The right types of oils, in moderation, are essential for human health and chronic disease prevention. In fact, we can not do without some oils.

 

 

These are called essential fatty acids (EFAs), of which there are two: Linolenic Acid (Omega 3)(also known as alpha linolenic acid [ALA]) and Linoleic Acid (Omega 6). There are also other oils which are not necessarily considered essential, yet they are helpful for optimal health. These are Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), found in fatty fish and fish oil. Our need for these two fatty acids may actually be greater than our ability to synthesize them. Therefore, dietary intake or supplementation of EPA and DHA, though they're not EFAs, are also helpful for achieving optimal health. Both EPA and DHA are synthesized from Linolenic Acid, and are part of the Omega 3 pathway.

 

 

EFAs aid in nerve transmission and are necessary for normal development and functioning of the brain. They are also necessary to produce prostaglandins that regulate bodily processes such as inflammation. The Omega 3 oils are considered to be anti-inflammatory by nature. These Omega 3 and Omega 6 EFAs may be beneficial for arthritis, to improve skin and hair health and for cardiovascular health. It has been observed that humans now tend to consume far too much Omega 6 in proportion to Omega 3, and that a higher 3:6 ratio may be beneficial for all areas of health. This means reducing our intake of foods like standard vegetable cooking oils and dairy, and increasing our consumption of fatty fish, linseed (flaxseed) and chia seeds. Interestingly, fatty acids actually get stored in the body's tissues in a massive reservoir that takes time to modulate. This reservoir is called the cell membrane, and is the outside fatty layer of every cell in the human body. That's how important EFAs really are!

 

 

There are some other specialised fatty acid supplements as well, which are conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) used for fat burning programs, and gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is often supplemented for hot flushes, PMS or poor skin health. Krill oil is an excellent source of EPA and DHA, in a natural highly bioavailable phospholipid delivery system, and contains the antioxidant astaxanthin.

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