List Of Essential Fatty Acids

List Of Essential Fatty Acids

Fatty acids play a crucial role in the human body processes, from acting as fuel to get you through the day to assist in behind-the-scenes actions and processes to sustain life. Essential fatty acids (EFA) are fatty acids the body can not make on its own and is entered through food. These EFAs-alpha-linolenic acid and linoleic acid is not present in the body because humans lack the proper enzymes required to produce them.
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Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is an omega-3 fatty acid, is considered to be nutritionally important. ALA can be found in many vegetable oils; the richest sources are seed oils, especially from walnuts, soybeans and other grains. ALA is also rich in green leaves, therefore, green vegetables are a good source. Research on ALA indicates it may be related to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. However, the mechanism connecting ALA to cardiovascular disease remains unknown. Some animal studies have shown ALA may have neuroprotective properties (it could protect the brain) during ischemia (restriction in blood supply which can cause a lack of oxygen in some tissues) and some forms of epilepsy (a condition which leads to seizures in humans).
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linoleic acid (LA) is an omega-6 fatty acid which helps binding to various cells in the body. LA can also be found in vegetable oils, particularly poppy seed, sunflower and corn oils. Lack of LA in the diet can result in hair loss, dry hair, and impaired wound healing (because of differences in the inflammation process). An indication of the deficiency is dermatitis (inflammation of skin). Some studies have indicated high doses of LA can help people with cystic fibrosis (a disease which can cause progressive disability) because people with this disease may suffer EFA deficiency due to malabsorption. The results of these studies have indicated LA may have a positive effect on infant growth in people with cystic fibrosis.
Other uses for LA
Some studies have shown diabetics need higher levels of LA and that taking more LA may reduce diabetes’ effects. LA can also be used in industrial setting by playing an important role in making soaps, emulsifier (fluid that helps break things like food down ) and beauty products. It is used in beauty products because some studies have indicated LA can reduce acne and keep skin moisture.

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