Benefits of EFA's

EFA's are needed by your body in order to function properly. Contrary to what many people say, a healthy diet still needs adequate amount of fats – good fats to be precise. Good fats like Omega-3 and Omega-6 are found in flaxseed oil and other foods rich in EFA's.
Benefits of EFA's

Many people today deal with obesity, heart disease, and other obesity-related disorders because of the presence of ready-to-eat foods and unhealthy eating habits. This is why the terms “fats” and “fatty acids” are quite misunderstood. Many think that in order to lose excess weight, you have to stay away from foods rich in fat. This is really not the case since there are two types of fats – the good ones and the bad ones.

Bad Fats

Bad fats exist in the form of saturated fats. These bad fats are usually found in meats, eggs, dairy, and seafood. Trans fats are also considered bad for your health and they are found in processed foods such as fries, burgers, microwavable popcorn, and other commercially processed foods. Saturated and trans fats are considered bad for your health because they raise the level of LDL cholesterol – the usual culprit behind hypertension, heart diseases, and obesity.

Good Fats or EFA's

Not all types of fatty acids are bad. EFA's or essential fatty acids are actually fats that are needed by your body in order to stay strong and healthy. The good fats increase the level of good cholesterol or HDL and decrease the level of LDL cholesterol. There are actually two main categories of EFA's – Omega-3 and Omega-6.

Benefits of Essential Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acid or ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid) has a vital role in the formation of your cell walls, making them flexible and supple. Healthy cell walls also promote proper blood circulation, ensuring that each part of your body gets enough nutrients.  A deficiency in Omega-3 fatty acids may lead to hypertension, poor vision, poor memory, learning disorders, and a weak immune system. For a diet rich in Omega-3 EFA's, consume plenty of walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed oil, spinach, collards, anchovies, and sardines.

Also known as Linoleic Acid, the Omega-6 fatty acid may help improve your overall health especially if your dealing with eczema, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, or are undergoing cancer treatments. These essential fatty acids are abundantly found in pine and pistachio nuts, borage oil, olive oil, sunflower seeds, and flaxseed oil.

These good fats can also play a vital role in the overall health of your reproductive, nervous, immune, and cardiovascular system. Without EFA's, your body cells won't be able to repair or manufacture membranes – part of the cells that help expel toxins. EFA's primarily help in the production of prostaglandins – substances that regulate your heart rate, blood clotting ability, conception, fertility, and inflammation as a response to infection. A serious lack of EFA's is usually associated with these health problems – lupus, asthma, depression, obesity, Alzheimer's Disease, ADHD, insulin resistance, and heart attacks. To lessen your chances of developing these serious health conditions, try to stick to a healthy diet that consists more of the essential fatty acids and less of trans and saturated fatty acids. You don't have to give up your favorite fast food when maintaining a healthy diet. You just have to eat in moderation and make sure that your body gets enough EFA's.