How are you getting your EFAs?
Fatty acids are important for all systems of the body to function normally. They help our skin, respiratory system, circulatory system, brain and organs. There are two fatty acids, termed essential fatty acids (EFA) that your body does not produce on its own. EFAs have to be ingested.
The two essential fatty acids that the human body cannot produce are the Omega-3 fatty acid and Omega-6 fatty acid, which are important for brain development, immune system function and blood pressure regulation.
Omega-9 is a non-essential fatty acid produced naturally by the body whenever there is enough of either Omega-3 and 6. However, if you do not have enough Omega-3 or 6, then you must get Omega-9 from your diet which plays a role in lowering cholesterol levels and improving immune function.
Omega-3 is found naturally in:
spirulina, raw brazil nuts, hempseed oil, pumpkin seeds, green leafy vegetables, raw walnuts, flaxseeds or flax oil
Omega-6 is found naturally in:
olive oil, grape seeds, raw pistachios, sesame oil, hempseed oil, pumpkin seeds
Omega-9 is found naturally in:
avocados, raw pecans, raw almonds, raw hazelnuts, raw macadamia nuts, olives and olive oil