In this blog, we are going to dive deeper into essential fats aka essential fatty acids. There is a lot of attention being placed on essential fats in the supplement industry, and rightfully so. After all, they are essential fats and our society has become somewhat deficient in them. Or if they are consuming enough Omega 3’s, the benefits may be outweighed by the amount of Omega 6’s, or other fats.
In this first video, I explain the differences between:
- Stearic Acid – Saturated Fat
- Oleic Acid – Mono-Unsaturated Fat (Omega 9)
- Linoleic Acid – Poly-Unsaturated Fat (Omega 6)
- Alpha-Linolenic Acid – Poly-Unsaturated Fat (Omega 3)
Understanding how these fats are built is critical to understanding why some are essential (Omega 3/6) and why some are not. I also briefly touch on how these essential fats get converted in the body into EPA and DHA, which are the most common forms of Omega 3 being sold in the form of supplements.
So by now, we all know it is important to get enough Omega 3 fats into our diet. But how much exactly do we need? And where do we get these Omega 3 fats from? Are there plant based sources? Of course there are and the last video in this series dives deeper to answer these questions.
In addition, we chat about the proper ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids. Keeping this ratio is important to keep your body in an anti-inflammatory environment which will reduce your risks of vascular diseases, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other inflammatory diseases. A proper ratio is also important in ensuring your hormone receptors function properly as well.
Enjoy the video and be sure to leave any questions in they comments below!