You have been hearing the numbers 3,6 and 9 from doctors, nutritionists, chefs and television programmes. Omega 3, 6 and 9 that is. With more people becoming health conscious these days, these essential fatty acids have taken the lime light.
The EFAs (essential fatty acids) Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 are crucial in promoting good health. They benefit the skin, hair, reproductive, circulatory and respiratory systems. These essential fatty acids are also beneficial to the brain. The human body has no capability of producing the 2 essential nutrients Omega 3 and 6. We can get Omage 3 and 6 from the food that we eat while Omega 9 can be made by the body from its intake of omega 3 and 6. Simply put, Omega 3 plus Omega 6 equals Omega 9.
So how are we benefited by these Essential Fatty Acids?
The Goodness of Omega 3
The Omega 3 fatty acid is helpful in lowering the levels of triglyceride in our blood. After reading that sentence you probably uttered “triglyceride what?” Triglycerides are fat stored in the blood that fuels the body. However if you have a high level of triglycerides in your blood then you are at high risk of developing various heart diseases. Omega 3 is also known to prevent plaque build up in the arteries.
The Goodness of Omega 6
For a healthy reproductive system and excellent brain development you would need Omega 6. Omega 6 is packed with linoleic acid and is most commonly found in vegetable oils, seeds and nuts. One type of oil that is packed with Omega 6 goodness is the Argan oil. On your salads, grilled dishes and stews drizzle on a small amount of this oil to get a potent dose of Omega 6. Omega 6 is also effective in fighting skin aging and dryness of the skin. This is one of the reasons why the Argan oil is quite popular in the cosmetic world. The oil is also packed with other nutrients that benefits the skin such as Vitamin E, Squalene, phenols and Triterpens.
The Goodness of Omega 9
The Omega 9 is effective in lowering the cholesterol levels in the body. You probably know that having high levels of cholesterol can lead to stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure and various serious heart diseases one being atherosclerosis. Omega 9 is also a booster of the immune system. Olive oil and other vegetable oils, as well as nuts are packed with Omega 9. Avocado is also a good source of Omega 9. As mentioned before the body can make Omega 9 from intake of Omega 3 and Omega 6.
With all the goodness we can get from these 3 essential fatty acids or EFAs it is not surprising at all that they have become a hot topic for TV shows, the health conscious and even advertisements. You should seriously include in your grocery list food groups that are packed with Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9. These fatty acids benefit your body tremendously.