I'm starting out with lots of detail, but it gets easy. The topic of essential fatty acids have a holistic affect on your health, as you'll see.
Essential Fatty Acids and their functions in your body are just as described, essential. You cannot manufacture these particular nutritional elements from other foods that you eat.
** 1. Essential fatty acids need to be present in your body to regulate several important biologically active compounds which have a wide range of desirable effects including reduction of inflammation, lowering blood pressure and preventing platelet aggregation, or blood platelets from sticking together.
Inflammation is a localized protective reaction of tissue to irritation, injury, or infection, characterized by pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes loss of function. If this occurs inside your skin, in your heart, liver, blood vessels, joints, eyes, nerves and brain tissue, you probably won't know for years. If you get a splinter in your finger, you'll see it in moments.
** 2. Essential fatty acids are involved in transporting and metabolizing cholesterol. These acids makes it more soluble so that the body is able to get rid of it. They also have the ability to inhibit the production of LDL, the bad cholesterol in your body.
** 3. Essential fatty acids are required for every single cell in your body to function effectively. Cell membranes must be composed of a high enough level of fatty acids for proper structure and integrity.
One especially important area is your nervous system. Normal membrane structure, nerve cell structure and normal nerve functions depend on healthy omega 3 essential fatty acids, daily. Fats make up 20 % of your brain. Imagine how it would help with depression, anxiety and mood swings, to receive this nutrient on a daily basis.
They are vital for your eyes’ function also.
Consider your blood, blood pressure and fluidity. Decreased amount of healthy fats in the
red blood cell wall makes the blood cells rigid, and unable to supply adequate oxygen and nutrients to the nerves. The decreased delivery of oxygen and nutrition reduce healthy nerve functions. Deficiency in omega 3 fats also leads to inflammation in the blood vessels, arteries, and then to high blood pressure.
Ultra purified fish oil, the omega 3 oil extracted from the flesh of cold water fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, herrings and anchovies, is a rich source of the eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). You don't have to remember those names, but you'll see the terms EPA and DHA referred to in relation to omega 3 oils. You are recommended to limit these foods to two or three times a week, because of pollutants such as mercury. Fortunately the purified, or pharmaceutical grade oils are cleansed of the toxins in them
Without having to remember all the above details, just note that " Essential fatty acids are required for every single cell in your body to function effectively" and take it from there. Start adding it to your diet every day in the purified supplemental form.
Just imagine the difference it could make for your health issues, and for all middle aged women, to add the one element, omega 3 oils to your diet. It's easy learning that goes a long way to avoid or help with a mid life crisis.
Get your purified fish oil to prevent or help manage high blood pressure, arthritis, add, diabetes, menopause, heart health, depression, joint pain and more. Dianne M. Buxton is a mother, writer, and a ballet teacher, interested in anti-aging nutrition and lifestyles.