Essential Fatty Acids

 

Many people do not regularly consume adequate amounts of healthy essential fatty acids through the daily diet due to high intakes of over-processed foods and saturated fats. This imbalance in dietary fat intake can lead to negative health consequences. Essential fatty acids have the ability to convert into beneficial hormone like compounds, which may balance blood clotting and promote healthy inflammation marker levels.

Two types of essential fats — omega-3 and omega-6 — refer to the chemical structure of the fat molecules. Both are important to maintain adequate health.

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Essential Fatty Acids
Evening Primrose Oil 500 mg (Item #132)

Many processed and packaged foods are overprocessed and loaded with saturated and hydrogenated fats. The balance between the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 are important for maintaining adequate nutritional status. Evening Primrose Oil capsules are an easy way to supplement with beneficial fats.

Essential Fatty Acids
FlaxSeed Oil 1000 mg (Item #131)

The average American diet contains far too much saturated and hydrogenated fat, and yet is deficient in beneficial fatty acids responsible for many functions in the body. Scientists have attributed the importance of these good or essential fats to their production of hormone-like compounds called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are beneficial for promoting adequate cardiovascular, immune, and healthy nervous system health. It is important that individuals receive a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, two classes of essential fats that have positive health benefits on the body. Flax seed oil capsules are a convenient and suitable way for individuals to receive a plant source of the essential compounds found in fish oils.

Essential Fatty Acids
High Potency Liquid Omega-3 (Item #459)

Fish oil can be obtained from eating fish or by taking supplements. Fish that are especially rich in the beneficial oils known as omega-3 fatty acids include mackerel, tuna, salmon, sturgeon, mullet, bluefish, anchovy, sardines, herring, trout, and menhaden. They provide about 1 gram of omega-3 fatty acids in about 3.5 ounces of fish. Fish oil supplements are usually made from small species like mackerel, herring, or anchovy. Fish oil supports heart health through positive effects on triglycerides, blood flow, and clotting. Because omega-3s are a main building block of brain and nerve tissue they are essential for optimal nervous system function. Omega-3s are also critical for keeping the inflammation cascade in check and promote a healthy response to inflammation.

Essential Fatty Acids
Kids DHA chewable softgels (Item #168)

Getting children to eat fish regularly can be challenging. What's more, fish containing good sources of the healthy omega 3's harbor unsafe levels of mercury, PCB's and other harmful substances. DHA is the first fatty acid used by the brain to form brain cell membranes. Approximately 60% of the human brain is made up of fatty acids. Research suggests that these healthy fats may play a role in children with attention deficit disorders such as ADD/ADHD. Our Kids DHA provides a total of 270 mg omega-3's per serving, equivalent to about 4 oz. of canned light tuna or cooked cod, 2 oz cooked halibut, 0.5 oz sardines or 0.8 oz salmon.

Essential Fatty Acids
Krill Oil (Item #173)

Krill oil provides long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA) in the phospholipid form. Phospholipid-bound omega-3 fatty acids are dispersible in water, which is different than the omega-3s provided by fish oil. This property makes krill omega-3s better absorbed in the intestine and more efficiently utilized by tissues. The phospholipid form also avoids the fishy burps often associated with fish oil. Krill are rich in the natural antioxidant astaxanthin that is recognized for health-promoting suppression of free radicals and helps maintain the shelf-life of krill oil by reducing oxidation. The deep red color of each softgel is due to this astaxanthin content.