Health Benefits of Essential Fatty Acids
I share this information constantly. Quality sources of Essential Fatty Acids really do provide the amazing benefits mentioned below.
An Omega-3 essential fatty acid found in cold water fish
- Makes platelets less sticky so they are less prone to form clots
- Improves blood flow by preventing the restriction of blood vessels
- Studies show that EPA can dramatically decrease blood levels of triglycerides and cholesterol
- Lowers blood pressure, if high
- Decreases the bad LDL cholesterol
- Increases the good HDL cholesterol
- Studies show a decrease in pain and stiffness in people with arthritis who supplement with EPA.
- Improves circulation to the extremities
- Helps prevent eczema and psoriasis
- Helps reduce migraine headaches
Derived from borage seed oil, GLA is used to form prostaglandins, which regulate many important body processes
- Dramatically reduces premenopausal symptoms including bloating, breast tenderness, irritability, depression & aggressive behavior
- Greatly improves sexual hormonal response & sexual interest
- Reduces menopausal symptoms including hot flashes, vaginal dryness & mood swings
- Has been used successfully to help with fertility problems
- Increases metabolic rate without dieting & therefore increases weight loss
- Helps prevent hair loss
- Greatly improves the condition of hair, skin and nails
- Significantly improves the itchy rashes associated with eczema & psoriasis
- Notably improves the symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and lupus
- Studies show dramatic improvements in hyperactivity & ADD with GLA supplementation.
- Helps lower high blood pressure, high blood levels of cholesterol & Triglycerides
- Improves dry eye syndrome & atrophy of the salivary ducts
WHAT ABOUT LECITHIN?
Lecithin also contains essential fatty acids. Soybean lecithin contains 57% linolenic acid (which is converted into GLA) and 9% linolenic acid (which is converted into EPA). However, the lecithin from most other oils contains only linolenic acid.
- Contains choline which helps the body to utilize fats and cholesterol properly and is involved with the transmission of messages in the brain and nervous system
- Helps keep cholesterol from depositing in arterial linings.
- Prevents and dissolves gallstones and kidney stones as a result of its emulsifying action on fatty substances
- Is an important component of bile, where its main function is to emulsify—break into small droplets—food fats, thus making digestion of fats easier
- Critical for the liver’s role in detoxification, i.e., getting the toxins & poisons out of our bodies
- Helps with memory and learning since lecithin is an integral component of the myelin sheath, which surrounds the nerves in the brain. It allows nerve impulses to flow smoothly
- Helpful in weight loss because it draws fat and cholesterol into the bloodstream where it can be burned.
Sourced from Gemma Gorham, M.P.H. brochure about essential fatty acids – 1996