What are Essential Fatty Acids?
There are two dozen fatty acids that a human body needs. However,
only two are essential fatty acids and cannot be made by the body.
These two fatty acids are called essential fatty acids and must be
consumed to provide the body with them.
1. Omega 6 essential fatty acids or linoleic acid (LA)
2. Omega 3 essential fatty acids or linolenic acid (LNA)
Omega 6 essential fatty acids are found in abundance in cooking oils
while omega 3 essential fatty acids are harder to find. To remain
healthy, your body needs all types of essential fatty acids and
other types of fatty acids for the function of the immune system,
the brain, and to keep cell membranes strong. Strong cell membranes
lead to strong defense system of the body. With strong defense
system, free radicals and toxins cannot get through. They cause
illnesses and speed up the aging process.
How essential fatty acids effect metabolism
Essential fatty acids nourish the skin, hair, mucous, membranes,
nerves and glands. Essential fatty acids help prevent cardiovascular
disease. Essential fatty acids are also important in being the
source of energy from which the body can produce fats.
Essential fatty acids' hormone like compounds called prostaglandins
regulate many body functions as well as govern the blood pressure,
muscles in the blood vessels and stickiness of blood platelets.
Essential fatty acids and weight loss
Essential fatty acids carry high energy for active tissues to use
and grow. When taking essential fatty acids at a rate above 12-15%
of total calories, essential fatty acids increase the metabolic
rate. This helps the body burns more fat leading to loss of excess
weight. So, although essential fatty acids are the main source of
fats for the body, essential fatty acids actually help you lose
weight and promote weight loss effects.