Essential Fatty Acids
Written by: Chris Knight
Professional Life Coach specializing in fitness and life transformation since 2001

Omega fats are essential to your body and may fill a potential gap in your diet

The Issue:
We have all been hearing for years we need to cut down on the amount of fat in our diet, but the most recent studies have suggested that it isn’t all fats. It’s rather that we need to make a effort to balance the numbers between healthy and unhealthy types of fat we chose to consume.
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Two types of polyunsaturated fats, omega– 3 and Omega-6 fatty acids:
Both are essential—essential referring to that fact that your body needs them, but can’t produce them like fatty acids. EFAs play a crucial role in you’re body by promoting membrane health, repair and regeneration in your billions if not trillions of cells.  Other vital roles are basic functions as energy production and proper hemoglobin manufacturing. Me must either eat cold-water organic fish or supplement our diet.
Fat is essential for our body to function properly. In fact, it plays a critical role in the function of every cell in the body. Therefore, we should be most concerned with lowering the amount of “bad” fats and increasing the amount of “good” fats we consume for optimal health. Most consumers are aware that scientists and nutrition experts agree the consumption of saturated fats in the diet should be limited. Polyunsaturated fatty acids are vital for normal life functions, but since they cannot be made in the human body, they must be supplied through the diet.

Fat that does your body good!
Key Benefits of adequate EFA levels in your diet:
  • Plays an important role in the transport of nutrients*
  • Helps brain development and function in children
  • Helps support normal blood flow and transports oxygen from red blood cells to the tissue
  • Promotes cardiovascular health in combination with a healthy diet and exercise*
  • Support healthy blood pressure*
  • Helps promote healthy metabolism*
  • Helps maintain a healthy immune system*
  • Promotes maintenance of healthy skin, hair and nails*
  • Helps fight infection*
  • Helps reduce inflammation in the body which can benefit certain inflammatory disorders like rheumatoid arthritis
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When the body is in short supply of EFAs, problems can arise:
  • Fatigue
  • Poor skin, hair and nail health
  • Immune weakness
  • Less control over some inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Heart and circulatory problems
  • Reduced growth rate and more.

*It is also likely that a deficiency in these fatty acids plays an important role in the development of many common diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis and asthma. To put it plainly these fatty acids are “essential.”
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