The Many Benefits of Fatty Acids

Fatty acids are needed for normal growth and behavior and help with healthy cell membranes, a well balanced hormone level and properly working immune system.

Essential Fatty Acids

Fatty acids are essential for the synthesis of tissue lipids, play an important role in the regulation of cholesterol levels, and are precursors of prostaglandins, hormone like compounds producing various metabolic effects in tissues.

To the skin, fatty acids bring suppleness and a youthful appearance and hair becomes more shiny and healthy when in good supply. It also seems important in the manufacture of sex and adrenal hormones. Fatty acids also stimulate the growth of the beneficial intestinal bacteria. Edema has also been reported with fatty acids in short supply.

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) can also help you lose fat and build muscle. EFAs can be anabolic in the respect that they are an energy source and can prevent muscle from being broken down to glucose for use as energy. Keeping some good fats in your diet also sends a signal to your brain to keep you out of starvation mode. Good Fats can also help fat loss by smoothing out blood sugar and insulin spikes and helping insulin do its job more efficiently.

Trans fatty acids are best avoided. Trans-fatty acids are found in fried foods, commercial baked goods, processed foods and margarine.

Arthritis is said to benefit from these fatty acids and they also aid in the transmission of nerve impulses and a shortage may lead to learning disabilities and a problem with recalling information.

Fatty acids available in evening primrose oil, grape seed oil, flax seed oil, and oils of grains, nuts and seeds, such as soybean, walnuts, sesame, and sunflower. Also present in avocados, as well as meat and fish like salmon, trout, mackerel and tuna. Omega-6 essential fatty acid is found in raw nuts, seeds, legumes, grape seed oil and flaxseed oil. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish, canola oil, and walnut oil.

You should look at essential fatty acids the same way that you look at taking vitamins and minerals – as insurance. These good fats can actually help you lose fat, gain muscle, increase energy and stay healthy.

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