Essential Fatty Acids

Monday, February 28, 2011 by Britta S

Essential Fatty acids are just that – essential. They play many important roles throughout the body, from cardiovascular maintenance and skin health to healthy joint and mental function. Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) should be a part of your daily diet for overall natural health support.

So you've heard about Essential Fatty Acids, but you're not sure exactly what they are? EFAs are fatty acids that humans and other animals must ingest because the body requires them for good health but cannot manufacture them on its own. The two most important types are: Omega-3 and Omega-6.

Omega-3 fatty acids (linolenic acids) are found most commonly in cold-water fish. These fatty acids are not one single nutrient, but a collection of several, including eicosapentaenic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA).  These essential nutrients play a key role in supporting cardiovascular health and brain development and function.

Along with omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic acids) play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. The most common omega-6 is gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). A healthy diet contains a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Swanson EFAs

Now, how do we incorporate these Essential Fatty Acids into our daily routine? A great way to ensure adequate intake each day is by taking dietary supplements. Swanson Health Products offers a wide variety of affordable EFA supplements to choose from. From fish oil to flaxseed, softgels to powders, it’s an easy way to promote all the health benefits that Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids can offer.

Another way to incorporate EFAs is through your daily diet. In my next post, we will discuss common food sources for Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.


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