Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are essential to Brain Health.
Decades of study and countless books have gone into exploring Omega-3 and the role it plays in our physical and mental health.
7 ESSENTIAL FACTS ABOUT ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
1. Omega-3 is called “essential” because it’s necessary for our health, but we cannot make it on our own.
2. One essential Omega-3 fatty acid is a substance called α-linolenic acid (ALA). Our body uses ALA to make two other essential fatty acids: DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). However, we don’t make enough to meet daily needs for optimal health.
6. It’s difficult to get sufficient amounts from food alone. Most Americans consume a daily average of 130 mg EPA + DHA – way below the recommended 1000-2000 mg. Consider adding a supplement to your diet.
7. Acquiring Omega-3 must be done in a focused fashion, with attention paid to the balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 (a group of fatty acids linked to increased inflammation). An imbalance can adversely impact well being and brain health.
Consult your holistic physician to assess your intake and explore ways to protect your health and cognitive function with Omega-3.
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