Fri 09 December 2016
You’re probably tired of being told how important vitamins and minerals are to your health…but indulge me for a minute or two and learn a few reasons why you need to pay attention to fatty acids.
Your body really can’t function without them.
Fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats. You may know them as the “good fats” such as Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-9, and those found in plant foods. Click here for more information and to read more These “good fats” are created by breaking down other fats. Since they’re essential for health and aren’t produced by the body (except for Omega-9), we need to eat food or take supplements that include them.
This is no hype. Fatty Acids are ESSENTIAL for your health.
They support your body functions in many ways like: such as:
Helping in the movement of oxygen through your bloodstream
Developing healthy cell membranes and tissue
Aiding in the proper functioning of organs
Retaining healthy lipid levels in the blood
Aiding the functioning of the immune system
Aiding brain function
Helping with blood clotting and in regulating blood pressure
Besides helping to maintain these critical functions, fatty acids can deliver several other benefits. Take a look:
Gifts from Omega-3:
- Boosts your brainpower. Researchers have discovered that increasing your Omega-3 intake may actually improve your brain capabilities.
- Helps you lose weight. Omega-3 aids in the processing of cholesterol, regulating blood sugar levels, and in the functioning of the thyroid gland, which regulates weight. An under-active thyroid causes excessive weight gain.
- Gives you healthy, younger looking skin. If you want supple, glowing skin, eat food containing Omega-3 fatty acids to help prevent premature aging. They also reduce acne, dry, scaly skin, and skin inflammation.
Sad to say, our western diet barely contains any fatty acids. The hydrogenation process, used to add shelf life to canned and instant foods, destroys them.
So…we need to find ways to get this essential nutrient. Eating fresh, unprocessed foods will give you the full benefits.
Fatty acids can be found in certain plants and fish. The list below includes some of the sources for Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids:
Oily fish like Salmon, Halibut, Tuna
Ground flax seeds and Flax oil (linseed oil)
Safflower oil, Rapeseed oil, Soybean oil
Mustard oil and Mustard greens
Walnut oil and walnuts
Wheat Germ Oil
Broccoli, Kale, Spinach
Omega 9 can be found in the following:
- Olives, Olive Oil
- Almonds, Peanuts, Pecans, Cashews, Pistachio Nuts, Macadamia Nuts, Hazelnuts
- Sesame oil
Studies show high levels of contamination from radioactive poisons, heavy metals, and industrial pollutants such as mercury in our seafood. Eating farm-raised fish usually eliminates this issue.
The EPA and the FDA have also warned that the levels of mercury found in certain types of fish and shellfish can harm young children and endanger pregnant women, as well as those breastfeeding.
Taken correctly and in the right amounts, fatty acids help you stay healthy, smart, young, and fit. Eating a variety of fresh foods with these beneficial nutrients is one of the best things you can do for yourself with minimal effort.