Dietary fats that are really good-guy fats.
Certain fatty acids are vital for good health andcannot be manufactured by the body. These are called essential fatty acids. Essentialfatty acids fall into two categories: omega3, linolenic acid, and omega6, linoleicacid. These good fats do a lot for you.
The Really Good-Guy Fats. Certain fatty acids are vital for good health and cannot be manufactured by the body. These are called essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids fall into two categories: omega3, linolenic acid, and omega6, linoleic acid. These good fats do a lot for you. Certain fatty acids are vital for good health and cannot be manufactured by the body. These are called essential fatty acids.
But, hey, pay no attention to that word “fatty.” These compounds are more like vitamins or proteins.
Essential fatty acids fall into two categories: omega3, linolenic acid, and omega6, linoleic acid.
Omega3 can be found in raw nuts, seeds, beans, fish oil, and unrefined vegetable oils such as flax, hemp, walnut and than mainstay of many of the world’s diets, the soybean. Omega6 can be found in certain vegetable oils such as safflower, sunflower and sesame as well as hemp, walnut and soybean oils.
These good guys do a lot for you: Although this sounds a little like Dragons and Dungeons here, they:
- Keep cell membranes fluid and flexible which in turn affects the white blood cells that repel invaders of the body.
- Promote normal growth, especially of blood vessels and nerves.
- Keep the skin and other tissues youthful and supple through lubrication.
- Are key components of nerve cells and hormone-like substances known as prostaglandins.
So even though too much of the wrong kinds of fat is detrimental to health, good fats are essential for health and longevity. Our bodies can’t live fat free. We need significant amounts of essential fatty acids to function properly and enhance immunity.
These fats are perfectly balanced in nature. Unfortunately processed foods strip most Omega3 fatty acids. So, modern people find that we have too much Omega6 and too little Omega3 fatty acids in our diet. Try a daily dose of 2 T ground flax seed in your smoothie to counteract the effects of processed food. Grind the flax seed yourself and refrigerate it after grinding. Do NOT buy it already ground as it needs refrigeration after grinding.
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