Essential Fatty Acids – Are You Getting Enough?

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Essential Fatty Acids – Are You Getting Enough?

Written by: Janet Early

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are just that – essential.

You’ve probably heard about the importance of consuming enough EFAs, but perhaps you aren’t familiar with all the benefits they provide for your body or how to make sure you’re getting enough on a regular basis.

Benefits Of Essential Fatty Acids:

  • Aid cellular development
  • Form healthy cell membranes
  • Prevent the growth of breast cancer cells
  • Regulate thyroid activity
  • Strengthen the adrenal system
  • Boost brain and nervous system function
  • Prevent blood clots and heart disease
  • Are naturally anti-inflammatory
  • Relieve arthritis pain
  • Helps protect you from autoimmune diseases
  • Bulk up your immune system
  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Aid liver function
  • Help create healthy, smooth skin and prevent dryness 

There are two main types of EFAs: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA, an omega 3 fatty acid) and linoleic acid (LA, an omega 6 fatty acid) and they are critical for human survival.

The twist is that we humans are not able to produce them on our own. Instead, EFAs must be ingested through diet.

Potent Sources Of EFAs:

  • Nuts and seeds
    • Walnuts
    • Chia seeds
    • Flax seeds
    • Brazil nuts
    • Almonds
    • Hemp seeds
  • Wild-caught fish
    • Mackerel
    • Salmon
    • Herring
    • Tuna
    • White Fish
  • Cage-free, organic egg yolks
  • Sardines
  • Anchovies
  • Leafy greens
    • Spinach
    • Kale
    • Brussel sprouts 

If you struggle from issues with your adrenal glands, thyroid, immune system or skin, it may be worth checking into whether you’re getting enough EFAs in your diet. EFAs benefit essentially every function of your body and mind.

What’s your favorite source of essential fatty acids? Please share below!

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Janet Early

Janet Early

Janet Early is a health enthusiast living in Los Angeles and working as a researcher for a major television company. An aspiring writer, Janet discovered her passion for wholesome nutrition and natural healing while navigating the struggles of balancing food sensitivities in a modern world. In addition to nutrition, she enjoys traveling, storytelling and embarking on daily adventures.
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