There are two families of essential fatty acids or EFAs: Omega-3 and Omega-6, and proper cell function is dependent on a balanced intake of both. The over-consumption of Omega-6 fats from refined vegetable oils, processed foods and meat in our diet has upset this balance however, in a very big way.
EFAs are vital structural components of the cell membrane that surrounds and protects all 100 trillion cells in the body, and research has determined that in order to prevent deficiency and encourage optimal health, EFAs must be consumed daily. Since our levels of Omega-3s are far below those necessary for optimal health and prevention of chronic disease, the recommendation is to consume more Omega-3s than Omega-6s.
The best sources of the Omega-3 fats, EPA and DHA, are cold water fish such as sardines, anchovies, salmon, and herring. These are EFAs because the human body requires them but is unable to make sufficient quantities, therefore, they must be obtained from the diet or supplementation.
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