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Why We Need EFAs…

Omega 3 and omega 6 are described as essential fatty acids as the body needs them for a variety of functions and we cannot produce them.  Omega 9 is classed as a non-essential fatty acid as our bodies can produce it.  When it comes to consuming omega fatty acids, it’s important to get the ratio correct.  It’s recommended that we consume at least twice as much omega 3 as omega 6 and 9.

Omega 3

Omega 3s are the most important of the omega fatty acids.  They are an amazing anti-inflammatory which means they may help with the prevention of many degenerative diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and even some cancers.  Omega 3 is also essential for good mental health, helping us to focus, learn and remember.

Best Source

  • Cod liver oil
  • Fish oil
  • Flax seed and flax seed oil
  • Wild seafood
  • Walnuts
  • Broccoli and cauliflower

Omega 6

Omega 6 is also vital for brain health and function.  It helps prevent brain fog, aids concentration, maintains memory function and helps stave off dementia.  It is also essential for healthy skin and hair.  Omega 6 assists in regulating our metabolism and keeps our reproductive system healthy.  Many scientists believe that too much omega 6 can cause chronic illness.  It’s therefore to look at the ratio of our omega 3 and 6 intake and ensure it’s at least 2:1 or greater.

Best Source

  • Borage oil
  • Egg yolks
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Macadamia nut oil
  • Meat

Omega 9

Omega 9 helps to lower cholesterol levels and reduces insulin resistance.  It’s also known to act as an immune booster.  Again, it’s important to look at our omega intake.  If we don’t take enough omega 3, our bodies will suffer from having too much omega 9.

Best Source

  • Olives
  • Olive oil
  • Nuts