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Essential Fatty Acids
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The importance of Omega 3 fatty acids in your health promotion and disease
prevention cannot be overstated.
High heat destroys
linolenic acid (Omega 3), so cooking in linolenic-rich oils or eating cooked
linolenic-rich fish (salmon) is not likely to provide the necessary amount of
Omega 3 fatty acid.
Omega 3 fatty acids prevent heart disease and the complications of heart attack.
People who take omega 3 fatty acids have a lower mortality rate after heart
attack than those who do not.
Omega 3 EFA’s improve
cardiac risk factors, and help prevent Cardio Heart Disease. They normalize
lipid levels, lower blood pressure and improve glucose metabolism.
Omega 3’s may also be
helpful in a number of other conditions. Rheumatoid arthritis, depression,
autism, and many other conditions may be improved by taking omega 3 EFA’s. They
are necessary for growth and development, especially in the development of nerve
tissue, and may improve cognitive function and emotional health.
The Best Omega 3 Sources Are
Animal foods, not plant sources. For example, flaxseed is a source, but the
body must convert the flax oil Omega 3 into DHA and EPA. This can be
difficult for unhealthy or elderly persons. Three of the top Omega 3 sources
are cold-water fish oil (people use emu oil soft gelcaps because there are
no "fish burps" afterward), grass-fed red meat, and
natural eggs. Omega 3
oils provide DHA and EPA in a natural form that your body can easily
assimilate. No conversion is required by the body.
Omega 6 & Your Immune System
Omega 6 fatty acids
compete for enzymes with omega 3 EFA’s, so the amounts of the two need to be
properly balanced. Less research has been done on omega 6 EFA’s than on omega
3’s. Most omega 6 fatty acids produce an inflammatory response that may be
necessary for healthy immune system function. Research is beginning to
indicate that one omega 6 EFA is, however, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent,
and may be even more important for healthy hearts than omega 3 oils.
Omega 9 & You
Omega 9, as
mentioned, is not an essential fatty acid. Omega 9 oils are monounsaturated,
and are found in olive oil. Olive oil is known to have beneficial health
effects, and omega 9 oils may be necessary for healthy immune system
The benefits of omega
3, 6, & 9 include all of the benefits of all three types of fatty acid
(chart below). Taking an omega
3, 6, & 9 supplement is a good way to ensure that you are getting
essential nutrients for your good health.
The following table
represents the main fatty acids found in Omega's 3, 6 and 9.
Of Omega 3, 6, 9 Fatty Acids
alpha-linolenic acid ALA
Linoleic acid LA
Oleic acid OA
eicosapentaenoic acid EPA
Gamma-linolenic acid GLA
docosahexaenoic acid DHA
Dihomogamma linolenic acid DLA
Arachidonic acid AA
Advanced Omega Info
The Omega 3, 6 and 9
groups of fatty acids all contain essential fatty acids necessary for good
health. The difference between them lies in the position of the first double
bond from the omega end of the carbon chain. As its name implies, the omega 3
fatty acids have their first double bond at the 3rd position from the end of the
carbon chain, and likewise, omega 6 has its first double bond at the 6th
position from the end, and omega 9 has it at the 9th position from the end of
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The most important
two fatty acids in the omega 3 family are EPA (eicosapentaenoic
acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Although
DHA is important for pregnant and nursing mothers and for young children for
healthy development of the brain and vision, EPA can be considered the most
important for everyone else as it is necessary for the efficient functioning of
the brain and the body at a cellular level.
Omega 3's have
anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant properties as well as many other important
health benefits. They reduce inflammation and can provide protection against
cardiovascular disease, arthritis, skin conditions,
depression and other
The Omega 3 fatty
acid is Linolenic Acid. The amount varies per
(emu oil) refining run and the average amount of omega 3 fatty acid per batch is .9% (of the EFA's in emu oil).
Although Omega 6 is
generally classed as pro-inflammatory, conversely, GLA (gamma- linoleic acid),
when consumed in the diet, has anti-inflammatory properties. It can help the
bloating and pain associated with PMS. It also maintains healthy skin, hair and
nails and generally helps to bring about hormonal and emotional balance.
Omega 3 and omega 6
interact with each other so the balance between them is crucial for good
health. Together they affect the production of hormonal type messengers called eicosanoids, which has an impact on inflammation in the body and all functions
at a cellular level.
Omega-6 fatty acid is Linoleic acid.
The amount varies per (emu oil) refining run and the average
amount of omega 6 fatty acid per batch is 15% (of the EFA's in emu oil).
Omega 9 also has many
preventative qualities. Its main component, oleic acid, helps to reduce the
risk of arteriosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke.
FYI- Borage oil contains
both Omega 6 and Omega 9 in the form of Gamma-linolenic acid and oleic acid and
is in fact, one of the best sources of GLA (gamma- linoleic acid).
Pure EPA (Eicosapentaenoic
Acid) therefore contains a blend of all 3 of the important fatty acids EPA, GLA
(gamma- linoleic acid) and OA making it an excellent choice of omega 3 6 9
The Omega 9 fatty
The amount varies per refining run and
the average amount of omega 9 fatty acid per batch is 47% (of the EFA's in emu