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Essential Fatty Acids

The human body requires fat to survive. While often we hear of fat being an enemy, healthy fats are an essential part of everyday life, and are necessary to many of the processes that go on within the human body. In this article, we will discuss the aspects of each of the EFAs, the Omega-3, 6 and 9s.

The Omega-3 fatty acids help to significantly increase insulin sensitivity within the body, allowing the body to achieve a much greater anabolic response from insulin and increase fat burning potential. Omega-3s also promote thermogenesis within the body, causing more calories to be burned even while the body is at rest. Oftentimes Omega-3s are included in joint care supplements because they help to repair and lubricate damage that has been done to the joints.

Omega-6 fatty acids help to reduce cholesterol levels and increase thermogenesis for improved calorie burning. The Omega-6s play a large role in the health and wellness of the cardiovascular system as well. The downside to Omega-6s is that in high, continuous doses, they can actually cause a negative reaction the body, having an adverse effect on insulin sensitivity. If supplementing with Omega-6s, be sure to include the Omega-3s, as they help to keep the Omega-6s in check.

The Omega-9s are the least used of these three Essential Fatty Acids. This is because if enough Omega-3 and Omega-6 are obtained through your diet, the body can manufacture the Omega-9 on its own. Omega-9s play a major role in the health of the cardiovascular system, helping to prevent heart disease and keeping the arteries from hardening (arteriosclerosis).

You see, not all fats are created equal, and some are vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. With a proper nutrition plan and some smart supplementation, healthy fats can improve your lifestyle, leading to a happier, healthier you.