What are Essential Omega Fatty Acids?

We hear about essential omega fatty acids all the time, but do you know what they actually are? They’re termed ‘essential’ for a reason, so we should know why! Right?

Essential omega fatty acids are exactly what they sound like: fats that are essential to the body. Although the human body can synthesize most of the fats it needs from our diets, there are two essential fatty acids (linoleic and alpha-linolenic) which cannot be synthesized in the body and must be obtained from food.

These basic fats, found in plant foods, are used to build specialized fats called omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are important in the normal functioning of all tissues of the body.

Deficiencies in these fatty acids lead to a host of symptoms and disorders, including:

abnormalities in the liver and the kidneys
reduced growth rates
decreased immune function
dryness of the skin
Adequate intake of the essential omega fatty acids results in numerous

health benefits, including:
prevention of atherosclerosis
reduced incidence of heart disease and stroke
relief from the symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis, menstrual pain, and joint pain
decreased risk of developing breast cancer
So how can you be sure you’re getting the recommended amount of these fats? Here are some foods that are high in essential omega fatty acids:

flax seed
mung beans
canola oil
So how does natura fiber fit into all of this? Natura fiber is composed of nearly 90% ground flax seed, making it very high in essential omega fatty acids. It’s also extremely high in fiber, which we could all benefit from.

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