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What to Know About Fatty Acids

Aug 18, 2007
Fatty acids are one of the essential ingredients in your nutrition. While they may seem to be unhealthy, there are certain types that can be essential in helping you to gain the proper nutrients and to stay healthy. By knowing which fatty acids to consume, as well as which types to use and which to avoid, you can easily change your eating habits to stay healthier.

Fatty acids can serve several parts of the body. They mainly do their best functioning in the muscles and heart. They are also used to be building blocks for cell membranes and storing energy that the body may need at certain times. Once the body has used enough of these acids and doesn't need any more energy from them, it will store the rest in the liver. The liver then converts these fatty acids which are not needed at the moment into fat.

There are several different types of fatty acids that are useful to your body. The first types are known as saturated. These are typically found in thicker substances, such as butter, lard, whole milk and eggs. It is good to have some saturated fatty acids in your system. Too much of this fat, however, can cause a rise in blood pressure. The second type is known as monounsaturated. Some types of foods in this type include avocados, nuts and lighter types of oils. Monounsaturated fatty acids are known to lower cholesterol.

There are several different types of fatty acids that your body needs in order to produce energy as well as to create blocks for cell membranes. These types are also helpful with metabolism. They are essential to take in through foods, as your body is not capable of reproducing them without the food intake.

The major type of fatty acid that is known to be particularly helpful to your health is called omega 3. This is typically found in different types of fish, flaxseed oil and canola oil. It is known that these types can help with cholesterol levels as well as blood flow. This will eventually reduce the possibility of cardiac problems and heart failure.

One of the most important factors to consider with fatty acids is what types to use, especially if you are using oil. Anything that contains the omega 3 or 6 is typically better for your use. This includes the oils of corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean and cottonseed oil. Butters and harder types of fatty acids are more likely to cause problems in your system instead of helping to produce the right types of energies for your daily activities.

It can be seen from these different observations of fatty acids that there are particular types that are better for your well being, while others will cause problems with your bodies regular functioning. By knowing what types, you can better balance your diet as well as create more energy for you to be able to use during the day, without storing too much extra fat.
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Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Nutrition and Health.
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