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Essential Fatty Acids

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.

What Are Essential Fatty Acids?

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 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  These essential nutrients play a key role in supporting cardiovascular health and brain development and function.

Essential Fatty Acid Benefits

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.

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, and our award-winning Plant Based Omega-3 supplement, which was named 2018 Omega-3 Product of the Year by NutraIngredients USA.

Another way to incorporate EFAs is through your daily diet. Learn more in Be Fat Fluent: Best Fatty Foods for Your Diet.


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