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Essential Fatty Acids (EFA)

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Essential Fatty Acids (EFA)
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Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. In fact, infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems. Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.
                                                                             
 
It is important to have the proper ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 (another essential fatty acid) in the diet. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, and most omega-6 fatty acids tend to promote inflammation. The typical American diet tends to contain 14 - 25 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids, which many nutritionally oriented physicians consider to be way too high on the omega-6 side.
 
The Mediterranean diet, on the other hand, has a healthier balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Many studies have shown that people who follow this diet are less likely to develop heart disease. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, including whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, and garlic.
 
Whole Foods Market’s Health From The Sun EFA brand (above photo) is 100% Vegetarian. The Total EFA contains premium quality Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids from organic plant-based nutritional oils along with Lignans from 15% organic flax particulate. This unique vegetarian formula features organic flaxseed oil, borage seed oil and evening primrose seed oil along with a special antioxidant blend to ensure quality and freshness.