Information on EFA’s

Plant oils are a highly concentrated source of nutrients required for life. Vitamins, minerals, and most importantly, essential fatty acids (EFAs) are included in this category.

EFAs are required for the proper functioning of the immune system, brain health, wound healing, and nerve insulation. They may be found in all cells in the body; however, we do not generate them ourselves. As a result, they must be consumed in our diet. The contemporary diet that is fast food and processed meals frequently lacks the EFAs

Dry and cracking skin, sluggish wound healing, high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, digestive issues, and hormonal abnormalities are all signs of EFA deficiency.

To function properly, the body requires two essential fatty acids. Alpha Linolenic acid (ALA) is known as Omega 3 and Linoleic Acid (LA) is known as Omega 6. Since the 1900s, our ‘modern diet’ has included far less Omega 3 fatty acids, although our Omega 6 consumption has not changed and this fatty

According to the CDC, in 1900, 1 out of 30 deaths in the United States was due to cancer and 14% were caused by cardiovascular disease. According to figures from the University of Michigan, one in four fatalities in the United States is due to cancer, and 42% of Americans die from heart disease. The cycle is repeated across the world.

Flax Seed Oil and Hemp Seed Oil are two excellent sources of omega-3s. Flax Seed Oil is high in this EFA and has been studied extensively in the field of nutrition. However, in order for these Omega 3 and Omega 6 EFAs to provide their full health advantages, they must be present in our bodies at proper ratios.

Using the information:

Erasmus, U. 1989. Fats that heal, Fats that kill. Alive Books, Canada

Horrobin D.F., 1982. Essential Fatty Acids – A Review; in Clinical Uses of Essential Fatty Acids. London, England. Eden Press

Lees and Karel, M. 1990. Omega 3 Fatty Acids in Health and Disease. Basel, Switzerland. Dekker.