Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are just that, they are essential, meaning that they must be provided by the diet or supplements. There are two important classes of essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, which refer to the chemical structure of the fat molecule. EFAs are not easily found in the food supply and often times the form of these fats found in food is unable to be converted into the beneficial components in the body. Aging, stress, or a high consumption of saturated or trans fatty acids can contribute to an imbalance of EFA's in the body. Borage oil is nature's most concentrated source of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) and is a good way to ensure adequate EFA uptake.
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) have a part in running virtually every vital system in the human body. In order for these systems to function properly, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids should be consumed in an equal ratio. For centuries, the human diet consisted of an equal ratio of EFAs, but modern food processing techniques and dietary tendencies have most Americans consuming omega-6's at a high omega 6 to 3 ratio. This creates an imbalance in omega-3 fatty acids. This highly concentrated omega-3 fatty acid softgel contains twice as much eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) as many omega-3 products, and is offered in a convenient, one-a-day softgel.
The American Heart Association recommends 3 servings of fatty fish per week in order to protect heart health. Fatty fish contains essential "good" omega-3 fats that are required for the body to function properly. A high consumption of omega-6 fats (from grains / grain fed animals) versus omega-3 fats (from greens, fish, and animals that eat greens) can lead to health challenges over time. In America, a typical diet has 20x as much omega-6 as omega-3. Many people find it difficult to consume quality fish on a weekly basis. Adding an essential fatty acid dietary supplement to a daily regime helps to support the diet. Our EPA & DHA supplement provides the essential fats in convenient softgels.
Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) is a natural source of essential fatty acids (EFAs), commonly called the "good" fats. Essential fatty acid supplements have been shown to support the typical American diet which is a high consumption of trans and saturated fats. Research on EPO continues to support its importance in assisting the body in supporting healthy joints and skin, as well as hormonal and gastrointestinal health. Our Evening Primrose Oil 1,300 mg product offers a high dosage of EPO.
Many packaged foods are overprocessed and full of saturated and hydrogenated fats. The balance between the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 is important for maintaining adequate nutritional status. Evening Primrose Oil 500 mg softgels offer a convenient way to supplement with beneficial fats.