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Essential Fatty Acids ( EFAs Omega-3 Omega-6 ) for Health

About: EFAs - "The Fats of Life"

The Essential Fatty Acids Omega-6 LA, Omega-3 ALA + all their derivatives

THE EFA's of special interest

Omega-3 fat family - Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexenoic Acid (DHA) (directly available in marine oil, or converted by enzymes in the body from Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) in such as walnuts or flax, hemp or chia seed oils)

Omega-6 fat family - Dihomo Gamma-Linolenic Acid (DGLA) (directly available in breast milk, or converted by enzymes in the body from Gamma-linolenic Acid (GLA) in evening primrose, borage or blackcurrant seed oils, or Linoleic Acid (LA) in nuts, seeds and vegetable oils)

See "EFA Conversion Chart" to better understand how the body converts dietary EFA's from one to another and how having an imbalance of Omega-6 fats compared to Omega-3 fats affects the EFa's produced:


What is the Big Deal about EFAs?

Rather than list all that EFAs do, it may have been easier to mention what they don't do! - However, to give an idea, here's just a few of the many functions of EFAs . . .

Keep cells slippery so they don't stick together (i.e. clot)

Control inflammation

Activate bile flow for fat digestion

Raw materials for estrogen, Testosterone, other hormones

Precursor for mood hormone serotonin

Carry fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) in bloodstream

Slow carbohydrate absorption (balancing blood sugar levels)

Keep cell walls fluid (controls traffic in and out of cells)


EFAs reduce the risk of:

✔ Cancer

✔ Heart Disease

✔ Allergies

✔ Eczema

✔ Arthritis

✔ Depression

✔ Fatigue

✔ Infections


“Research says if you increase omega-3's in the diet, you improve every major degenerative condition of our time.”

-Udo Erasmus PhD

(Dr. Udo Erasmus wrote thebook on fats: “Fats that heal, Fats that kill”)

Some Health Benefits of Consuming Omega-3 fats

✔ Lowers cardiovascular risk factors

✔ Inhibits cancer growth and metastasis

✔ Increases insulin sensitivity

✔ Decreases inflammation/joint pain

✔ Improves bone mineral metabolism

✔ Raises energy levels, stamina performance

✔ Improves concentration, learning, calmness, behavior and IQ

✔ Speeds wound healing from injury, physical exertion, surgery

✔ Dampens symptoms of auto-immune diseases

✔ Aids weight management - Increasing fat burning, decreasing fat production, and increasing fat burn-off as heat (thermogenesis)

EFA Deficiencies Cause Many Health Problems

Here are just a few examples:

Problems associated with Omega-3 EPA/DHA Deficiency


Skin problems

Weak immune system

Rheumatoid Arthritis




Gastro-Intestinal Disorders

Heart and Circulatory problems




Learning disorders

Vision impairment

Motor in-coordination

Growth retardation

Behavioral changes


Problems associated with Omega-6 DGLA Deficiency

GLA /DGLA Decreases During Illness

Skin problems

Weak Nails

Hair loss


Rheumatoid Arthritis

Behavioral changes



Sjogren's Syndrome (Dry eyes/mouth)

Excessive thirst

Weak Immune System

Impaired glandular function


Viral Infection

Kidney/liver Degeneration


Poor circulation

Slow growth/wound healing

Cradle Cap


Reduced sperm motility


For specific symptoms of EFA deficiency, see chart at:

EFA Deficiency Symptoms

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