Balancing Essential Fats
At some point in your life you might have heard or read about the importance of essential fats in maintaining the overall health of your body. Maybe you have obtained this information a long time ago and you want to refresh your memory of what exactly essential fats are.
Fundamentally, these essential fats are divided in to two classifications; linoleic acid and linolenic acid. Some refer to them as Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. The most common name for them is essential fatty acids.
The significance of these essential fatty acids when it comes to scientific terms refers to the necessity of such fatty acids in order to maintain the balance in the aspect of supplementation to the body of other nutrients which the body itself is not capable of producing alone.The existence of these essential fats in our body is used by every living cell. The survivability of each living cell is crucially dependent to these essential fatty acids as well as the overall heath of the human body. However, there are questions posted by health researchers about the availability of these essential fats to people especially Omega-3 fatty acids.
The good news is there is an abundant supply of flax oils in local health stores which says to be a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, although you can also get them from plant leaves, vegetable oils, fish oils and certain nut seeds. Canola oils are also great sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. This fatty acid is very essential for proper nutrition. Don’t misunderstand the purposes of these essential fats; these fatty acids will not be the reason for you to gain unwanted fats or weight.
The intake of essential fatty acid should be increased in order to maintain balance in our body. Some health studies showed that the intake of such fatty acids have changed radically over the past centuries. The ratio between Omega-6 and Omega-3 should be 1:1 but sad to say that the ratio now has become 10:1 reaching up to 20:1. This is very alarming to the balance of essential fats in our body. These imbalances are concluded by scientist to be the indirect causes of some chronic medical conditions such as asthma, cardiovascular diseases, acne, obesity, depression and arthritis. The balance of these essential fatty acids should be reinforced to bring back harmony to our body.
Some of the best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids are canola, flaxseeds, green leafy vegetables and fish oils coming from cold-water fishes such as salmon, herring, halibut, tuna, trout, sardines and cod while sesame, sunflower, safflower, corn and soybean oil are some of the great sources of Omega-6 fatty acids including certain fish oils.
There are also good fats and bad fats. In general fat is a concentrated form of energy source. The large users of fat in our body are the nervous and the brain systems. These fats are categorized into two types; saturated fat and unsaturated fat. The biggest percentage of your fat intake should be taken from unsaturated fats which are commonly referred to as the good fats. Unsaturated fats are in liquid form at room temperature and will stay the same even when frozen or refrigerated. Unlike saturated fats that are always in solid forms even in room temperature. Unsaturated fats are considered essential fats which are very important to the human diet.