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This is a list of benefits realized by regular use of essential fatty acids: · Improved cholesterol levels · Lower blood pressure · Improved memory · Increased circulation · Reduced joint stiffness · Reduced dryness of skin · Improved immune system function · Less inflammation · Balanced hormones · Depression reduced.
As you can see, fatty acids are essential for metabolism and health. Flax oil is richest vegetarian source of omega-3 fats. It is commonly used in salads in place of other salad dressings. Flax oil shouldn't be used for cooking, as high heat damages fatty acids. Other sources of omega-3 fatty acids are fish oils from salmon, tuna, cod, and mackerel.
Omega-6 fatty acids are found in many vegetable oils such as borage, flaxseed, walnut, soy, corn, sunflower, and are especially abundant in evening primrose oil. These omega-6 acids help to soften dry skin and relax tense muscles.
Both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids need to be supplemented in diet. The ideal ratio of these fats is 2 parts omega-3 to 1 part omega-6 to reduce inflammation and pain, and to improve energy metabolism. Increasing amount of fish oils and flax oil will help especially get omega-3 fatty acids into metabolism. 2000 mg. of flax oil is usually equivalent to 2 capsules or 1 tablespoon, and is recommended minimum per day.
The omega-3 and omega-6 need catalysts to be absorbed in body. These catalysts are vitamins B3 (niacin) and B6, vitamin C, and minerals magnesium and zinc. When there is a deficiency of these nutrients then essential fatty acids will not be absorbed well. Also when too many saturated or trans fats are part of normal diet then supplementation of essential fatty acids is less effective.
A combination of essential fatty acids, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants, are all needed in your daily diet, or on whole food supplement form, to make metabolic changes that reverse many chronic disease symptoms. Supplementing with sufficient amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in balance will help you absorb other nutrients you take in from your foods, and can make a great improvement in your overall health and vitality.
Jane Oelke, N.D., Ph.D. is a Traditional Naturopath and Doctor of Homeopathy. She is the author of “Natural Choices for Fibromyalgia” and “Natural Choices for Attention Deficit Disorder.” She can be contacted at DoctorOelke@aol.com or through her website at http://www.NaturalChoicesForYou.com