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    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
    Docosahexaenoic acid
    Eicosapentaenoic acid
    Linoleic 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.

  • retinopathies
  • dry eye syndrome

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