Keep Fit With Essential Fatty Acids
by Chester Ku-Lea
cardiovascular disease, asthma, acne, obesity and depression. It is clear that we need
to increase our intake of Omega-3 fatty acids and decrease our intake of Omega-6
(linoleic acid) oils. By doing so we will be, look and feel healthier.

What are good fats and bad fats?

Fat is a concentrated source of energy. This source of energy is very useful during
aerobic exercise. The longer the exercise, the higher the fat contribution for providing
energy. Fat is particularly used in large quantities in the brain and nervous system.
There are two types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Unsaturated fats are
commonly referred to as "good" fats, and should make up the greatest percentage
of your fat intake.

UNSATURATED

• Unsaturated fats, "good fats" are liquid at room temperature, and remain in liquid
form even when refrigerated or frozen.

• Good fats are part of the essential fats: omega 3 and omega 6, both of which are
unsaturated fats.

What are EPA and DHA?

These are two specific essential fatty acids found in fish oil. Both Eicosapentaenoic
Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) have been well documented in regulating
cellular functions and promoting good health. Diets deficient in EPA and DHA have
been associated with a number of health problems, most notably cardiovascular
disease.

What is GLA and how is it different from other Omega-6 sources?

GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) is an Omega-6 fatty acid found in high amounts in
borage oil, and to a lesser degree in black currant and evening primrose oils. In
contrast to the sunflower, safflower and other Omega-6 oils, the presence of GLA in
borage oil results in very different physiological effects. Linoleic acid in its current
dietary excess promotes inflammation due to the production of arachidonic acid (AA).
GLA on the other hand, actually interferes with the production of AA and decreases
inflammation. GLA has been used with success in treating various medical conditions,
most notably rheumatoid arthritis and eczema. Emerging science also indicates that
GLA has synergistic activities with the Omega-3 marine-derived DHA and EPA,
particularly in cardiovascular health and fat metabolism.

We all want to be healthy, happy and fit with enough energy for work and for play. A
well-balanced diet, exercise, and enough rest go a long way in helping us get the
most out of life. And essential fatty acids (EFAs) have been proven to help us achieve
healthier and happier lives. These good fats' truly are essential and the majority of us
are not consuming enough of the well-researched Omega fats. Now getting the right
amount of Omegas to suit your specific health needs is easier than ever.

Where do essential fats come from?

Sources of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fats:

• Cold Water fish such as Salmon (coho, king and pink), sardines, cod, albacore tuna,
trout, halibut , herring. (these fish are also a great source of Omega 6, but are
predominantly richer in Omega 3)

• Flaxseeds and green leafy vegetables are great sources of Omega 3.

• Sesame and sunflower seeds and other seeds and nuts are great sources of Omega
6.

• Borage oil and evening primrose oil are rich sources of GLA which is part of the
Omega 6 essential fats.

Where do saturated fats come from?

Saturated fats contain large amounts of saturated fatty acids. Saturated fatty acids
are named so, because they are "saturated" with hydrogen, meaning they have only
single bonds between carbon atoms, leaving no room in their chemical structure for
additional hydrogen atoms. Saturated fats are typically solid at room temperature.

Varieties of Saturated fat include: Butter, coconut and palm oils and lard.

Benefits

• aid in balancing the autoimmune system
• treats skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
• cardiovascular health


About The Author

Chester Ku-Lea is a health nutrition consultant and is the owner of
- a provider of premium health nutrition and sports
supplements.  
Why should I increase my
Omega fatty acid intake?

Our intake of essential fatty acids
has changed radically in the last
century. Our ratio of Omega-6 to
Omega-3 should be close to 1:1,
but it is now over 10:1 and up to
20:1. This is due to the addition
of corn, sunflower, safflower,
sesame and other Omega-6 oils
to our food supply. Such
excesses are thought by many
scientists to be a factor in a
number of chronic medical
conditions including arthritis,
Copyright © EveryNutrient.com
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The content on
this website is for educational purposes only.  Please consult with your physician before using natural
remedies and before making any drastic changes to your diet or exercise
program.
Mission Statement       Article Submissions       Contact Us       Advertise        Privacy Policy       Terms and Conditions       Links
The World's
Healthiest
Food, Rich in Beta
Carotene and
Phytonutrients


What Kinds of
Internal Body
Cleansing Are
There?


Correct Your Acid
Alkaline Balance
By The Water You
Drink


Behold The
Benefits of Omega
3 Fatty Acids For
Your Overall Well-
Being


Colon Cleansing
With Bentonite Clay


Probiotics - A
Solution for
Bloating, Gas, IBS,
Skin Infections,
Tooth Decay,
Diarrhea and More


Is Vitamin D3
Deficiency a
National Health
Crisis?


Elderberry Can
Boost The
Immune System In
The Winter


Walking: Safest,
Simplest, Best
Form of Exercise


Detoxing The
Liver - Does
Lemon Juice
Detox the Liver?


Wheatgrass
Juicers-
The Benefits of
Wheatgrass Juice


The Danger of
Eating Too Much
Protein


The Health Secrets
of Berries


The Benefits of
Maintaining Your
Body's Healthy pH
Level


“Feed” Your Skin
Antioxidants For A
Glowing
Complexion


The Sneak Attack
of Trans-Fats


The Many Health
Benefits of
Coconut Oil


Untold Nutritional
Secrets


Importance of
Nutrition For
Children
& Parents


Power Nutrition
Basics


Good Nutrition: The
Overlooked Vitamin
You Need To Know
About


Post Workout
Nutrition: Secrets
To A Hard, Lean
Body


Cheap and Healthy
Nutrition Plans


Top Nutritional
Tips To
Support Healthy
Hair Growth


Nutrition And
Mental Function


The Top 11 Signs
That Suggest
Omega 3 Fatty Acid
Deficiency


Five Reasons Why
You Should Drink
More Water
Everyday
___________________
Marketplace (Organic/Eco-Friendly)
OCA
Organic
Consumers
Association
GreenPeople
.org
MountainRoseHerbs.com
More Articles
Home

Articles

Nutrients

Fruits

Vegetables

Beans

Nuts

Seeds

Sprouts

Grains

Teas

Herbs & Spices

Recipes

Resources
Nutiva Organic,
Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil Reviews
,
Custom Search
Coconut Oil Research
Gluten-Free Recipes
Living-Foods.com
Raw-Vegan Recipes
EveryNutrient
.com