Proteins, fats, and carbohydrates are the nutrients that the human body needs every day. Healthy fats include omega-3 and omega-6, but with a deficiency of these substances, the body cannot work normally. However, not all omega fatty acids are the same in their properties. Moreover, they are contained in completely different products and natural oils.
What are the benefits of omega fatty acids?
Fatty acids are divided into polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. All of them are important for the normal functioning of the respiratory system, blood circulation, and the central nervous system.
Polyunsaturated to a greater extent prevail in plant foods, as well as fish. The polyunsaturated ones include Omega-3 and Omega-6, which are considered indispensable for humans - they are not produced in the body and can only come with food intake, dietary supplements, vitamin complexes. The body uses them to build cells or hormones.
Omega-3 reduces the level of triglycerides in the human body - if you increase their concentration, the risk of heart attack increases. Omega-3 also helps to maintain weight.
Omega-6 enters the body only with food or with supplements, vitamin complexes. This acid is necessary for the full growth and development of children. It also supports the balance of cholesterol, the health of nails, skin, and hair, helps the body restore the menstrual cycle, alleviates the symptoms of PMS, and also has a good effect on the work of the reproductive system as a whole.
What are the sources of omega fatty acids?
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids enter the body only with food. People with serious kidney and metabolic diseases need to pay attention to their diet. This group of people often shows a deficiency of omega fatty acids.
Most Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids in vegetable oil form can be found in:
- Sea buckthorn seed oil. The product looks very beautiful, amber yellow to red color. It has a medium to strong sea buckthorn flavor and aroma. It is often recommended for those who need to support blood vessels, blood pressure, or weak metabolism.
- Camelina oil. Previously, this squeeze was one of the most popular in folk medicine. The substance is obtained from a plant called "ginger seed". Its properties are similar to linseed oil, but it is more convenient to use and has a longer shelf life.
- Pine nut oil. The squeeze from pine nuts is considered a delicacy product. It is produced in small quantities, it costs a lot. It is even more respected for its delicate and bright taste. The nutrients are in high concentration in Siberian Pine nut oil.
The World Health Organization recommends following a balanced diet, in which, in addition to the natural oils listed above, there are vegetable and animal oils, seeds, cereals, and various greens. At least once a week, you also need to eat fatty varieties of fish and other seafood.
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