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Are All Omega Fatty Acids The Same?

There are Omega 3s, 6s, 7s, and 9′s. They are not all the same but we do need a mixture of them.

The Omega 3s are essential and must be obtained through the diet. They are found in three forms (DHA) docosahexaenoic acid (EPA) eicosapentaenoic acid and (ALA) alpha-linolenic acid. Fish provides the DHA an EPA and this is the Omega that is very supportive of brain function. The Ala is found in walnuts, vegetable oils (like canola and soybean oil as well as chia and flax seeds).

The Omega 3′s are anti-inflammatory and research has shown they can help your heart (such as decreasing the risk of stroke, arrhythmias and atherosclerosis. In addition to helping with your brain (memory) function they also help with mood.

Omega 6′s play a crucial role in brain function, metabolism, reproductive health, as well as skin and bone health. Most of this oil is gotten from vegetable oils (LA) linoleic not the same as ALA. Other good sources of this oil are nuts, seeds and vegetables oils (soybean, safflower, sunflower or corn oils).

Your body converts the LA to (GLA) gamma-linolenic acid in the body. This omega fat is found in plant based oils like evening primrose and borage oils. The GLA’s promote the good prostiglandins that help women balance their hormones.

Omega 7 fatty acid is non-essential so you do not have to take them in through your diet as your body can make them. They are also found in cold-water fish, macadamia nuts and sea buckthorn berries.  This omega helps with your skin, especially dryness and wrinkles and help shield against sun damage. The heart, gastrointestinal tract and management of your weight are helped with the Omega 7′s.

Omega 9 fatty acid or oleic acid is also non-essential monounsaturated fat and can also be produced by your body in small amounts. Taking in this oil can benefit your heart, especially reducing the LDL and cholesterol levels. It can also lower your risk of stroke and heart disease. You can find this Omega fatty acid in olive oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, avocado and nuts.

There are many supplements on the market that can help you get the proper ratio of these oils if you are finding it hard getting good fats in your diet consistently.

Contact Caroline Smith at 303 471 4725. You can visit her website at www.metabolismmagic.com to learn more about her services.

One Response to “Are All Omega Fatty Acids The Same?”

  1. Malissa says:

    BTW, I absolutely love your blog. So much useful information. Especially like the recipes. I’ll let you know once I have an opportunity to try the Turkey chili…a family favorite

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