You will find here practical solutions to reverse your essential fatty acid
deficiency along with its dire effects on your health and body weight. Since knowledge is power, this information empowers you to do some simple things to eliminate (or avoid) the health issues linked to insufficient amounts of fatty acids in your diet.
What are essential fatty acids, you ask?
They are unsaturated fats essential to our health. They make up our body's cell membranes, help hormone production and absorption of certain vitamins, provide us with energy.
Because, while our body can synthesize most of its needed fatty acids, there are two types that can't be synthesized, therefore we must get them from food or supplements.
The first type is linoleic acid, or omega-6 fatty acid. The second type is alpha-linolenic acid, or omega-3 fatty acid; this is then converted in the body into the active forms of omega-3s that you're probably more familiar with: EPA - eicosapentaenoic acid - and DHA - docosahexaenoic acid.
Yeah, I know... ignore those mouthfuls; it's enough to remember just EPA, DHA, omega-3s and omega-6 fatty acids.
Why is this topic important - even vital - for you?
Well, because that long-touted "low fat diet" mantra pushed over and over at us has caused a lot of people to stay away from any kind of fat. Over time, this low-fat obsession has generated a plethora of serious health issues - beyond just the annoying weight loss resistance.
Before learning how to reverse any essential fatty acid deficiency, take a look below to see if you are experiencing any of these...
You simply can't ignore the huge amount of recent research on saturated and unsaturated fats that link a highly distorted ratio of essential fatty acids in the body with a vast array of nasty symptoms and serious health conditions like...
Besides these there's more, concerning our children: in the last decade, numerous studies have proven that the lack of a sufficient supply of essential fatty acids in children impairs their brain development, with alarming consequences, like:
You may have heard your grandparents speaking of being given fish oil by the spoon as children... Well, that was just old wisdom at play.
The need to get healthy fats in our diet is not a secret.
For years, independent researchers and nutritionists have warned us about the mistake of avoiding certain fats, regardless whether on a weight loss diet or not.
One of them is Ann Louise Gittleman, well-known for her popular books Eat Fat, Lose Weight and The Fat Flush Plan, where she emphasizes that:
"adding essential fatty acids supplements to the diets of all individuals who are suffering from obesity and diabetes is not optional; it is strongly recommended."
Or, as Dr. Udo Erasmus, #1 authority on fats and oils worldwide, author of the eye-opening Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill, often says:
results of an essential fatty acid deficiency are an array of serious
health problems from cardiovascular disease diabetes and obesity, to
depression, degenerative disorders, and cancer."
You'll see how to avoid an essential fatty acid deficiency in a moment.
Before this however, take a look at Dr.
Erasmus's eye-opening video about the widespread and scary consequences
of this serious nutritional deficiency... You'll discover why this has created a nation of
obese and unhealthy "heart-attacks-in-waiting".
You don't want to miss this! You'll see immediately why it's one of the best 10 minutes you'll ever spend on Youtube:
For more on Dr. Erasmus's work, visit UdoErasmus.com, which provides a wealth of much-needed education on the "right fats diet" vs. the incredibly deceiving low fat diets.
And if you're up for a long-winded scientific paper read, The National Institutes of Health website provides a lot of supporting research on the clinical uses of omega 3 fatty acids for the health problems listed above, although it only highlights fish oil as a rich source of omega-3s, and not the latest research showing that krill oil is, in fact, superior.
As you know, our current omega-3 sources are dangerously contaminated - we'll talk about these in a moment, but let's see first how you can more conveniently...
You may consider taking the following three supplements - always buy the best quality you can get because all three are oils that go rancid easily if not manufactured according to the highest standards.
Like with any other dietary supplement, you should consult your healthcare provider before taking it - especially if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, have a medical condition, or have known adverse reactions or allergies.
If you decide not to supplement your diet with essential fatty acids, at the very least try to include as many vital omega 3 healthy fats in your diet to avoid weight loss resistance and a dangerous essential fatty acid deficiency - here are the best omega 3s sources available in common foods.