Essential fatty acids (EFA’s) are the fatty acids that humans must obtain from their diets. Our bodies require these for good health as the body does not manufacture them.
Essential fatty acids are imperative for good health as they assist with many specific and important functions, such as:
As the name implies these fats are essential for health and we must obtain them from foods, rich sources are:
The current ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 intakes through the average diet is 10:1. The recommended ratio for improving general health is 2:1. Because most people fail to consume sufficient amounts of these beneficial fats, a deficiency of Omega-s EFAs is the biggest contributing factor to illness, disease and death. Omega-6 fatty acids are primarily sourced from corn, soya, canola, sunflower and safflower oils. These are typically over-abundant in the typical which accounts for excess Omega-6 levels. Omega-6 fats predominate the Western diet and this encourages the production of inflammation in your body. Many scientists believe that one reason there is a high incidence of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, premature ageing, and some cancer forms today is this profound omega-3-omega-6 imbalance.
Omega-3 fats are a key family of polyunsaturated fats, there are three main omega-3s: