Fatty fish are the main source
of essential fatty acids

What are essential fatty acids?

There are two essential fatty acids: Omega-3 and Omega-6. These essential fatty acids are so-called because they, although not synthesized in the human body, they are nevertheless essential for good body health. It is therefore important that fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6 are a constant presence in our daily diet.

Omega-3 may have a dual origin: plant and animal. The plant origin of this acid is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), while the fatty acids EPA and DHA are of animal origin. The best known of the Omega-6 fatty acids is linoleic acid.

Omega-3 (Fish Oil)

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Essential fatty acids in the diet

ALA is found in green leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts, flaxseed, beans and the soy oil of nuts. EPA and DHA are fatty acids derived from fish oil and are present in particular in fatty fish such as herring, salmon and mackerel. Omega-6 fatty acids are found in various vegetable oils, such as sunflower seed oil. Products prepared with this type of Omega-6 oils contain also contains these key acids.

The function of essential fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids have many beneficial effects. Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from fish oil are known for their beneficial effect on the heart and blood vessel health. These fatty acids help to reduce the level of cholesterol and to keep blood pressure under control. Omega-3 also improves memory and concentration.

Omega-6 fatty acids are important for the structure and function of the cells of our body. Linoleic acid also has a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels and therefore on the heart and blood vessels.

A good balance is important

The body is unable to produce its own Omega-3 and Omega-6. So therefore it is essential to take on board an adequate amount of both.

Omega-6 is found in numerous products and therefore the majority of people can take on a suitable amount daily. However, things are different in regards to Omega-3 fatty acids, in particular EPA and DHA. Omega-3 in plant form (ALA) can be converted by the body to EPA and DHA, but only to a limited extent. Diets low in fish, for example, can mean the body is short of a good amount of Omega-3 goodness. So, FitForMe’s supplements seek to redress this balance.

Omega-3 and Omega-6 must be taken in a balanced way. An excess of Omega-6 fatty acids in fact inhibits the conversion of Omega-3. In western diets this ratio is unbalanced due to the more regular intake of Omega-6 whilst we tend to take on less Omega-3.

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So, how much is an adequate amount of essential fatty acids?

For adults the standard amount is set at 450 mg EPA and DHA per day. This value corresponds to a portion of fish (100-150 g) twice a week, one of which based on fatty fish. With Omega-3, the recommended amount varies from 2 to 3 grams. Although currently Omega-3 fatty acids are the focus of a lot of interest, the intake of fatty acids derived from fish oil, EPA and DHA, as well as the intake of ALA is still much lower than the recommended amount.

So, you are not allowed to consume fish, or you don’t like fish? You can still compliment your diet with FitForMe Omega-3 Fish Oil. These capsules contain 100% pure fish oil, guaranteeing the maximum quality of the product.

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