g
Printer Friendly Version

editor  
BellaOnline's Nutrition Editor
 

Essential Fatty Acids

These "good" fats, or oils, must be consumed through the diet because your body needs them to survive and cannot make them on its own. The essential fatty acid family, also known as unsaturated fatty acids (UFA) and lipids, is made up of linoleic and linonenic acids. Another fatty acid, arachidonic (not considered "essential" but very important to good health nonetheless), can be synthesized if your body has sufficient quantities of linoleic acid supplied through either diet or supplementation.

Essential fatty acids are important for cellular health, proper glandular functioning, oxygen transport, circulation, protection from cholesterol, plus healthy skin, mucous membranes and nerves.

Food Sources:
When supplementing look for:
Go back to the Basic Nutrient Glossary

For News You Can Use, click here.

Click here for the site map.

To subscribe to the Nutrition Newsletter, just enter your email address in the subscribe box at the bottom of this page.


Note: The information contained on this website is not intended to be prescriptive. Any attempt to diagnose or treat an illness should come under the direction of a physician who is familiar with nutritional therapy.

Nutrition Site @ BellaOnline
View This Article in Regular Layout

Content copyright © 2013 by Moss Greene. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Moss Greene. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Moss Greene for details.



| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2013 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor