The body can synthesize most of the fats it needs from the diet.
However, two essential fatty acids, linoleic and alpha-linolenic, cannot be synthesized in the body and must be obtained from food. These basic fats, found in plant foods, are used to build specialized fats called omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
These specific healthy fats are good for the following:
- Heart Health Inflammation in the body can damage your blood vessels and lead to heart disease and strokes. Omega-3 fatty acids may decrease triglycerides, lower blood pressure slightly, reduce blood clotting, decrease stroke and heart failure risk and reduce irregular heartbeats. Source: Heart Health
- Brain Health Omega-3 essential fatty acids are one of the most important nutrients for your brain health, mental well-being, and overall health. Here's a quick summary of what you need to know to get the level of omega-3s you need in your diet. Plants are not reliable sources of EPA and DHA - the most effective form of EFAs. Brain Health
- Anti Inflammatory Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. Source: Brain Health
- Skin, Hair, & Nails Omega-3 essential fatty acids have proven to keep your skin hair and nails healthy and strong.
Source: Essential Fatty Acids