Omega Oils : Why Fatty Acids are Essential
Introduction: Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are divided into two groups, namely Omega-3 and Omega-6. All essential fatty acids are naturally polyunsaturated, and the 3 or 6 denotes their chemical structure.
Essential Fatty Acids cannot be manufactured by the
body and have to be acquired by diet and supplementation.
Omega-3 are fish or plant-derived oils which have been the subject of a multitude of scientific studies. They not only promote cardiovascular health, but also mood and cognition, as well as skin health. Omega-3 oils act by expanding blood vessels to improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, and lower blood triglyceride levels.
Omega-6 oils are only derived from plants. They are involved in a complex interaction that leads to the production of prostoglandins in the body. The body uses prostoglandins to control inflammation, dilate blood vessels, regulate hormones & immune function.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 work best when taken in balance. Typical Western diets contains
large amounts of Linoleic Acid omega 6, but not enough of the other Omega 6 oils and very little Omega-3. The ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 should be about 2:1
|Omega-3 Plant Oils
||Omega-3 Fish Oils
||Omega-6 Plant Oils
|ALA or LNA*
Alpha linolenic acid
Conjugated Linoleic Acid
Gamma Linoleic Acid
Flaxseed oil, Black Currant oil|
*the body converts ALA into EPA and DHA
|Oily fish - salmon, cod, halibut, fresh tuna, mackerel.
||vegetable oils eg corn oil (LA)
Safflower oil (CLA)
Borage (starflower oil), Evening primrose & blackcurrant (GLA
Omega oils & Cardio-Vascular Health: Omega-3 and Omega-6 oils help reduce the levels of other, undesirable fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides.
There is also some evidence to show that the omega-3s can protect against thrombotic stroke by promoting healthy blood flow. Omega-3s are also helpful in maintaining blood circulation to the extremities and delay spasm of the blood vessels.
reduces blood triglycerides & cholesterol
lowers high blood pressure
inhibits atherosclerotic plaque
increases arterial elasticity
reduces blood viscosity
Omega oils & Developmental, Behavioural, Cognitive & Mood Health: About 30% of the dry weight of the brain is comprised of EFAs. A dietary supply of omega oils is crucial for brain cell functionand revitalisation of nerves.
Known to be essential to brain development during the last three months of pregnancy, the omega-3 fatty acids continue to play a major mood and cognitive health role at every stage of life.
stabilises mood and bipolar depression
improves cognition & memory in Seniors
enhances learning & attention in children
improves dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and dyspraxia
Omega oils and Inflammatory Health: The body's inflammatory response is intimately regulated by Omega-3s, makes it an essential fatty acid for a range of inflammatory health problems
reduces joint pain and stiffness in arthritis -switches off the collagen-degrading enzymes that break down joint cartilage. Consumption of Omega-6 GLA has also
resulted in an improvement in rheumatoid arthritis
symptom reduction in inflammatory bowel diseases e.g. Crohn's & Ulcertive Colitis
Omega oils & Hormonal Health: Omega-3 and GLA Omega-6 oils have an important hormone balancing
effect and anti-clotting action
improves calcium metabolism in osteoporosis & post menopausal bone loss
helps control symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) & dysmennorhoea
anti-cholesterol & lowers PSA levels for prostate health
Omega oils & Metabolic Health: Omega-3
and Omega-6 CLA (Conjugated Lioleic Acid) act as a partitioning agent by mobilising fat out of the fat cells and decrease fat uptake into those cells
promotes weight loss
by increasing metabolism of brown adipose tissue
glucose & insulin metabolism
Omega oils & Skin Health:
Omega 3 & Omega-6 GLA give skin and hair cells greater fluidity and flexibility. The skin’s cutaneous permeability barrier is maintained, thus preventing trans-dermal water loss that results in dry skin.
reduces dry, flaky symptoms of psoriasis & eczema, and dermatitis
Omega oils & Visual Health: Known to be essential to vision development during the last three months of pregnancy. Omega-3 DHA is found in very high concentrations in the cell membranes of the retina and plays an important role in the regeneration of the visual pigment rhodopsin.
dry eye syndrome
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