When talking about essential fatty acids (EFAs), fats, fish oil, etc., a lot of words and acronyms get thrown around and most people don’t know what the hell is going on. So let’s break it down and string it all together.
Essential fatty acids are “essential” because the body cannot produce them and they have to be obtained from the diet. There are two main types of essential fatty acids we’ll talk about: Omega-3 and Omega-6. In the right ratio, these EFAs reduce inflammation and promote brain and heart health. The ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 should be 2:1, but for most Americans it’s actually 20:1!!! So it is important to supplement with a higher concentration of Omega-3’s.
Two types of Omega-3’s are EPA and DHA which are directly responsible for reducing cellular inflammation and brain development/health. These Omega-3’s are most bioavailable found in fish, but given that most of us aren’t seals, I suggest supplementing with fish oil. Another current fad is flax seed oil, however there is conflicting research about its effectiveness. Flax seed oil contains ALA which is a precursor to EPA and DHA, so there is no guarantee that it will be converted. That is another reason fish oil is idea to get EPA and DHA directly.
This is probably the most boring supplement on the planet, but it’s one of the most important. If you fell asleep during this post and need a further explanation of it’s important, feel free to message me!