Understanding EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids)
What are EFA's
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's) are sources of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Technically EFA's are categorised as polyunsaturated fatty acids, though not all polyunsaturated fatty acids are "essential".
Essential fatty acids come from triglycerides, which are referred to as oils. But importantly not all ols contain EFA's.
You may see Omega 3 or Omega 6 fatty acides referred to in conjunction with the Greek symbol Omega "w" which has the same meaning. The Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are used in the body through discrete pathways which control and manufacture different intermediate and final substances.
Why are EFA's important
For normal health the body must be presented with essential fatty acids through the diet, as these materials cannot be synthesized within our bodies.
EFA's are nature's nutrients, which in turn are the precursors for many metabolic pathways within our bodies.
Amongst the many functions of essential fatty acids is the production of prostaglandins, which are hormone like substances, which help regulate and maintain body functions.
They basically control every cell in the body on a second by second basis.
They are required for energy production. They increase oxidation and metabolic rate. Energy levels will go go up with high stamina and decreased recovery time from fatigue.
Moreover the brain does not function correctly without essential fatty acids which is of particular concern to infants and children.
Evidence that EFA's are good for you
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