What are they?
The word “essential” is used descriptively to designate nutrients that the body can’t manufacture from other nutrients, but require in order to maintain health…so must get from one’s diet.
Essential fatty acids, then, are certain kinds of fats that the body can not manufacture, but must acquire.
What do EFA’s do in the Body?
-Aid in conducting bio-electric energy via the nervous system
-Necessary for proper brain development and function
-Essential for producing new cells, and repairing old ones
-Required for production of hormones, protons, prostaglandins (hormone-like regulators of various body processes), and neurotransmitters
-Essential for skin, nail, and hair health
-Vital for heart and circulatory health
-Essential for the health of every cell in the body
So, what happens when these are depleted?
-Gritty feeling in eyes
-Prolonged menstrual bleeding
-Alopecia (patchy hair loss)
-Unmanageable patches of hair
-Hardening of the arteries
-High blood pressure
*Immune system problems
-Increased susceptibility to infection
-Increased susceptibility to cancer
*Lips constantly chapped
-Attention Deficit Disorder
-Manic Depressive Syndrome
-Dryness of mouth/throat (especially when speaking)
-Food and other allergies
-Insulin resistance (diabetes)
-Lack of tearing and saliva production
-Unexplained weight loss
*Ringing in ears (tinnitus)
-Dry, rough, or flaky
-Dry, scaly patches on face or nose
-Dryness or cracks behind the ears
-Enlarged facial pores
-Poor wound healing
*Slow recovery from exercise
*Tingling in arms and legs
What depletes EFA’s?
*Hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated oils
-Coffee creamer (non-dairy)
*Sun (We need sunshine daily, but extended exposure does deplete the body of EFA’s)
-High fructose corn syrup
What supplies essential fatty acids?
-Black currant oil
-Fish (Salmon is best choice)
Need some help bringing your body chemistry back into balance? I’d be honored. Just let me know via email I can put you on my calendar for either an office visit or phone consultation. Fee is $150.
Dave Frahm, Naturopath/Nutritionist
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