Good Fats Prevent Chronic Disease

Written by Jane Oelke

Copyright 2005 Jane Oelke

Essential fatty acids arerepparttar number one recommendation for anyone who has, or wants to prevent common chronic diseases today, such diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. And they are very helpful in improving immune system function to increase energy and reverse some ofrepparttar 137508 damage seen in diseases such as lupus, fibromyalgia, and MS. What types of fat are in your diet?

If you have dry skin, stiffness, concentration problems, or hormonal imbalances you may be lacking in a type of fat that is essential to health. Essential fatty acids are those fats thatrepparttar 137509 body needs; yet cannot synthesize itself. Many types of fat are unhealthy fats, yet some are beneficial and necessary. In fact, cutting all fat fromrepparttar 137510 diet is actually harmful to health.

Essential fatty acids are needed to metabolize other types of fats that are not good for us. Saturated fat is a harmful fat that is found in many types of red meat and dairy foods. Yet,repparttar 137511 worse types of fats arerepparttar 137512 partially hydrogenated oils found in snack foods. These types of fats, found in most processed foods, are converted to trans-fatty acids when heated, or oxidized. So when you make boxed cakes or brownies you create trans fats when you bake these partially hydrogenated oils that are included inrepparttar 137513 mix so thatrepparttar 137514 box can sit on your shelf indefinitely. These arerepparttar 137515 types of fat that increase cholesterol inrepparttar 137516 arteries.

The good fats, called essential fatty acids, are important in many metabolic processes, including energy production. Sincerepparttar 137517 body cannot produce them, they must be consumed inrepparttar 137518 diet to optimize health. The essential fatty acids arerepparttar 137519 omega-3 (linoleic) and omega-6 (linolenic) polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Every cell inrepparttar 137520 body is like a tiny factory, taking in raw materials fromrepparttar 137521 surrounding fluid and sending out various chemicals. Everything going into or coming out ofrepparttar 137522 cell has to pass throughrepparttar 137523 cell's membrane. The membrane depends on essential fatty acids to remain fluid and flexible. Without them,repparttar 137524 membrane becomes stiff and unable to do its job.

Essential fatty acids are also important to bring vital oxygen to muscle cells and they enablerepparttar 137525 cells to more easily absorb nutrients needed for recuperation. In one study of 63 patients with fibromyalgia, essential fatty acid supplementation resulted in a 74% reduction in pain in patients after 1 month, and 85% after 3 months.

Truth About Fat

Written by Versha Chugh

A body fat measurement is recognized asrepparttar superior method for measuring "weight loss”. When one declares that they want to "lose weight", what they often mean is that they want to lose fat. So, now that you've had your body fat percentage measured, what doesrepparttar 137470 number really mean?

First, your body fat percentage is simplyrepparttar 137471 percentage of fat your body contains. If you are 100 pounds and 10% fat, it means that your body consists of 10 pounds fat and 90 pounds lean body mass (bone, muscle, organ tissue, blood and everything else).

Fat is essential for functioning of many body parts. Fat regulates body temperature, cushions and insulates organs, lubricates joints, balance our hormones and tissues and isrepparttar 137472 main form ofrepparttar 137473 body's energy storage. In fact,repparttar 137474 fat naturally found in whole foods is fat you actually need for your body to function properly.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are fats that must be in a diet for good health. They are principally gained from vegetable oils. EFAs are necessary fats that humans cannot produce on their own, and must be obtained through diet. EFAs are long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids derived from linolenic, and oleic acids such as sunflower oil. They are liquid at room temperature. There are two families of EFAs: Omega-3 and Omega-6. Omega-9 is necessary yet "non-essential" becauserepparttar 137475 body can manufacture a modest amount on its own, provided essential EFAs are present. The number following "Omega-" representsrepparttar 137476 position ofrepparttar 137477 first double bond, counting fromrepparttar 137478 terminal methyl group onrepparttar 137479 molecule. Omega-3 fatty acids are derived from Linolenic Acid, Omega-6 from Linoleic Acid, and Omega-9 from Oleic Acid.

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