Essential Fatty Acids EFAs

What are Essential Fatty Acids? What are EFAs?

Fats are made up of individual blocks called "fatty acids". Our body can produce all of the fats that we need, except for two: Omega 3's and Omega 6's. They are considered essential because they must be obtained through our diet.

These fatty acids are necessary for the body to produce anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. These hormone-like substances are used throughout our body to regulate all of our body functions, including the cardiovascular, reproductive, immune and nervous systems. Fatty acids also serve as structural parts of cell membranes. This means that it can help protect cells from invading toxins, bacteria, viruses, carcinogens and allergens.

A balance of essential fatty acids is needed for good health. The typical North American diet is often out of balance, containing more linoleic acid, which is generally metabolized into pro-inflammatory substances.

The Real Vitamin & Mineral Book- Using Supplements for Optimal Health (2nd Edition), by Dr. Shari Lieberman, PhD and Nancy Bruning. Published by Avery Publishing Group, New York in 1997.

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