Essential fatty acids are important fats that the body must take in through diet because it can't produce them on its own.

Omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids interact with one another to affect inflammation and other cell functions as well as mood and behavior.

A diet that supports a healthy balance between both types of essential fat...

Essential fatty acids are important fats that the body must take in through diet because it can't produce them on its own.

Omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids interact with one another to affect inflammation and other cell functions as well as mood and behavior.

A diet that supports a healthy balance between both types of essential fatty acids is rich in whole grains, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil and garlic, but lower in meat.

People who follow such a diet are known to be at reduced risk for multiple health problems than people who don't eat a proper balance of essential fatty acids.

The problem is that most people are getting the wrong kinds of fats in their diet and are lacking the good, healthy fats. Besides being an energy source, healthy fats and oils are nutrients used in the production of cell membranes, as well as in several hormone-like compounds called eicosanoids.

These compounds help regulate blood pressure, heart rate, blood vessel constriction, blood clotting and the nervous system. In addition, dietary fat carries fat-soluble vitamins — vitamins A, D, E and K — from your food into your body.

Fat also helps maintain healthy hair and skin, protects vital organs, keeps your body insulated, and provides a sense of fullness after meals (satiety). The human body cannot function properly without two polyunsaturated fats - linoleic and alpha-linoleic acid.

These fatty acids, which are found in fish oil  and other healthy oils and are essential to maintain normal cell structure and body function.

 

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