Fats of all types have got extensive bad press for many years in relation to the development of obesity and other lifestyle-related diseases resulting in a general ‘fat-phobia’ among the general population. However, it is now well-established that healthy fats from suitable sources play an essential role in optimum long-term health, maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the risk of various diseases.
Benefits of omega oils
Essential fats cannot be produced in the body and therefore their intake must be optimised in the human diet by appropriate food choices and supplementation. Essential oils not only supply essential fatty acids but also fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K. There is extensive evidence that omega oils particularly omega-3 oils (alpha-linolenic acid), which contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) have an array of health benefits which include:
- Reducing levels of inflammation in the body
- Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Optimum brain function
- Optimal hormone balance
- Supporting the healthy formation and function of cells
- Reducing LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and increasing HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol)
The recommended intake of energy from fat in the diet is between 25 and 35%. This should come primarily from polyunsaturated and monounsaturated sources. The recommended daily intake for EPA and DHA which are both contained in omega oils is 650 mg. This can be achieved quite easily by consuming an omega oil supplement like Acti Omega, Femme omega or Acti Krill.
Who should take Essential Fatty Acid supplements?
People who struggle to consume essential fatty acids, either through lack of time or dislike of foods containing EFAs, should take an essential oil supplement to ensure that they are receiving sufficient levels of essential oils on a daily basis.
Sources of Essential Fatty Acids
A source of omega-3-fatty acid
Aids maintenance of hormonal balance, cell membrane integrity and production of healthy cholesterol.
A source of omega-3 and omega-6-fatty acids
Aids antioxidant defence against disease and infection.
A source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
Adequate consumption of CLA can help to achieve fat loss goals as well as aiding blood sugar control and lowering cholesterol.