Essential Fatty Acids
Dietary fats include primarily, Triglycerides, Cholesterol and fatty acids. Fatty acids are used for energy by the cells or modified into phospholipids to be incorporated in the cell membranes. Some fatty acids are used in lipoprotein synthesis to shuttle cholesterol and other fats in and out from the cell or stored for later use. Fatty acids can be divided into two groups, saturated fatty acids and unsaturated fatty acids, the latter include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated also known as essential fatty acids.
Two major essential fatty acids are known, linoleic acid (LA) (Omega 3) and alphalinolenic acid (ALA) (Omega 6). The word essential means absolutely required for human health, cannot by synthesized by human and therefore, it must come with the food we eat. It must be considered, or looked at as Vitamins and/or minerals.
Many of the sources of polyunsaturated fatty acid in our diet have been fully or partially hydrogenated (saturated) to make cholesterol free substitute in food products (margarine, vegetable shortening, etc), or used for deep frying which oxidizes and alters the fatty acid beyond the ability of the body enzymes to recognize them. The processing of commercial oil products eliminated to a great deal, the natural health benefit of vegetable oils. Commercially prepared oils are not as healthy as they are portrayed.
Both Omega3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids are the building blocks of the cells wall and act as oxygen magnets or sponges, grabbing oxygen from the blood stream and transferring it through the cells walls into the cells themselves. They also keep the cells walls flexible and permeable. Humans need EFA’s to manufacture and repair cell membranes enabling the cells to obtain optimum nutrition and expel harmful waste products, and to produce local hormones.
The combination of Omega 3 and Omega6 are involved in the following body functions:
Appetite: less craving, less hunger, better appetite fulfillment.
- Heart health: flexible artery, clean artery, fast blood flow, lower blood pressure and lower lipids.
- Anti-inflammation: less arthritis, less joint pain and swelling, faster healing.
- Endurance: more energy, less fatigue, great intensity and faster recuperation.
- Brain health: better clarity, better focus, improved memory and fewer headaches.
- Hormones, endocrine: better sexual function, smoother pregnancies, less PMS..
- Beauty: healthier skin, less dandruff, less cellulite, healthier hair and eczema. .
- Diabetes: less sweet craving, lower blood sugar, less neuropathy and retinopathy
- Immune system: stronger immune system, less colds, faster recovery from infection, and protects cell from carcinogens and all secondary causes of cancer.
The ideal ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 should be between 1:1 to 3:1. Deficiency or an imbalance of EFA’s ratio can lead to serious health conditions, such as insulin resistance, Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obesity, Cancer, depression, accelerated aging and dementia among many others.
Highest sources of Omega 3 EFA are flax seed oil (which has the highest linolenic content of any food – 55%), hemp seed oil (16%), pumpkin seed oil (43%), walnuts, avocados, spinach, and anchovies among others.
Highest sources of Omega 6 EFA are evening primrose oil (74%), sunflower oil (65%), sesame seed oil (45%), and hemp seed oil (57%). Hemp seed oil is considered the perfect source of Omega 6 and Omega 3 EFAs, supplying an optimum 3:1 ratio.
If you need to learn more about Essential Fatty Acids, watch Dr. Habib’s video on Essential Fatty Acids, “What you don’t know might kill you”. If you are interested in Professor Peskin’s and Dr. Habib’s book “The Hidden Story of Cancer” , the book is available for purchase, click here. Both the Treolife VM and Treolife EFA are available for purchase on this site, click here.