Fatty acids may seem a contradictory term for something that is good for you body, but it’s true; fatty acids are needed for optimum health.
Fatty acids are actually considered good fats, and they are made when the fats are broken down in your body. You may have heard the term ‘essential fatty acids.’ That is what these types of fats are: omega-3 and omega-6. Omega-9 fatty acid is already produced by your body.
The benefits of essential fatty acids to your body are many. These types of fatty acids are used for energy by most of the cells in your body. They assist in the flow of oxygen through the bloodstream. Fatty acids keep your organs and tissue strong and vital. They are required in order to retain healthy lipid levels as well.
The most important function of the essential fatty acids is to help the body break down cholesterol and rid the arteries of bad cholesterol build-up. They can also help promote weight loss and prevent premature aging.
Because omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids are not produced by the body, it is imperative to ingest what your body needs through supplements and food sources. It is very easy to find supplements of fish oil and cod liver oil at almost any type of store.
Fish oil supplements are high in omega-3 fatty acids and should contain EPA and DHA acids as well (eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic, respectively). These are an excellent supplement to take in the summer and spring.
Cod liver oil supplements, although hard to swallow for some, are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids as well. They also contain a high amount of vitamins A and D, which is why they’re a good supplement to take in the winter when the sun (a natural source of vitamin D) is in short supply.
Natural Food Sources
In addition to supplying your body with vitamin supplements of essential fatty acids, you should also be eating a lot of natural food sources. Some great sources of essential fatty acids are:
- Chinook Salmon
- Cooked Soybeans
- Baked or Broiled Halibut
- Steamed or Boiled Shrimp
- Raw Tofu
- Baked or Broiled Snapper
- Baked or Broiled Scallops
- Baked Winter Squash
- Canola Oil
There are other sources of course, but these have rated the highest.
It’s not hard to include enough of the omega fatty acids into your diet; follow your doctor’s recommendation as to what the right amount is for your body.