Natural Vitamin F
Essential Fatty Acids
What are the essential fatty acids? Certain fats as as vital to us as the vitamins. These are the fats known as essential fatty acids (EFAs) or Vitamin F. They are the building blocks of which fats and oils are composed and used for key body structures, including cell membranes. Since our bodies are not able to manufacture EFAs, we must get them through our diet in order to remain healthy. Some man and women may benefit from EFAs in the form of supplements. Contrary to popular belief, the body does need fat. However, it must be the right kind.
There are two main types of EFAs - omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids are key components of biological call membranes that surround and protect every cell in the body. A balanced intake of both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are necessary for healthy cell function.
Benefits of Essential Fatty Acids*
Increase energy, performance and stamina. EFAs enhance thermogenesis, help build muscle, prevent muscle break down, and speed recovery from fatigue.
Strengthen the immune system. EFAs make hormone-like eicosanoids that regulate immune and inflammatory responses.
Lower most risk factors for cardiovascular disease. EFAs lower abnormally high levels of blood pressure, triglycerides, tendency to clot formation and inflammation.
Improve brain function, mood, intelligence, behavior, and vision. Our brain is over 60% fat. EFAs are important components of the entire nervous system. They are necessary to make the neurotransmitter serotonin.
Aid in weight reduction. EFAs help keep mood and enery up and suppress appetite, thereby aiding in weight loss.
Regulate Organs and Glands. Liver and kidneys, adrenal and thyroid glands, and the production of male and female hormones need EFAs.
Speed recovery and healing. EFAs are necessary for cell growth and division.
Support healthy child development. For nervous system development, a growing fetus needs optimum EFAs from the mother's body. Mothers become depleted of EFAs during pregnancy, and need optimal EFA intake for their health their children's optimum development.
Improve digestion. Poor digested foods tie up the immune system and can cause gut inflammation, leaky gut, and allergies.
Decrease infection. EFAs aid in the transport of minerals that keep bones and teeth strong, helping to prevent osteoporosis.
Ease PMS. Studies indicate that GLA intake was voted, by women, among the top three most effective PMS treatments.
Produce beautiful skin, hair, and nails. Some of the first signs of EFA deficiency are dry, flaky skin, dull hair, and brittle nails.
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*None of the statements above have been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.