There are two main types of essential fatty acids (EFAs): omega-3s and omega-6s.

The reason that they are called ‘essential’ is that your body is unable to make it. You need to eat these EFAs in your diet. There are various dietary sources for both types, including:

  • Vegetable oils: flax, olive (canola and mixed vegetable oils are best avoided),
  • Nuts: walnuts,
  • Fish: salmon, mackerel, halibut, and herring, and
  • Other: green leafy vegetables, eggs, and some good quality chocolate.

Essential Fatty Acids: Functions in the Body

  • Stimulation of growth and reproduction
  • Health and growth of skin and hair
  • Wound healing
  • Reducing plasma cholesterol levels
  • Regulation of gene function
  • Balancing healthy cholesterol levels
  • Neural development
  • Supporting cell membrane integrity and fluidity

Therapeutic Uses

  • Reduce inflammation in a wide variety of inflammatory conditions
  • Help to lower blood pressure and to reduce elevated triglyceride levels
  • Improve Cardiovascular function
  • Support immune function
  • Improve neurological function and support brain health

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