Friday, February 6, 2009

Why Women need EFA's

Why do women need essential fats?
Just as a member of a large family has many roles, essential fats serve many functions in the complex workings of the human body.

Essential fats establish and maintain our health by:
Increasing energy, performance, and stamina

EFA's enhance thermo genesis, help build muscle, prevent muscle break down, and speed recovery from fatigue

Strengthening the immune system

EFA's make hormone-like eicosanoids that regulate immune and inflammatory responses

Omega 3s have anti-inflammatory effects and can slow autoimmune damage
Lowering risk factors for cardiovascular disease

EFA's (especially omega 3’s) lower abnormally high levels of blood pressure, triglycerides, Lp(a), fibrinogen, tendency to clot formation, and inflammation
Improving brain function: mood, intelligence , behavior, and vision

Our brain is over 60% fat. EFA's are important components of the entire nervous system

They are necessary to make the neurotransmitter serotonin

Depression and other brain diseases show decreased levels of Omega 3

Aiding in weight reduction

EFA's help keep mood and energy up and suppress appetite, thereby aiding in weight loss. When your EFA’s are balanced, the body is more satiated

More recently, they have been found to block the genes that produce fat in the body (saturated and trans fat do not have this same effect) and increase thermogenesis

Regulating organs and glands

Liver and kidneys, adrenal and thyroid glands, and the production of male and female hormones need EFA's

Speeding up the recovery and healing process

EFA's are necessary for cell growth and division

They form all cell membranes and regulate vital cell activity

Supporting healthy child development

For nervous system development, a growing fetus needs optimum EFA's from the mother's body.

Mothers become depleted of EFA's during pregnancy, and need optimal EFA intake for their health and their children's optimum development. Children need EFA’s to continue a healthy growing pattern.

Improving digestion
Poorly digested foods tie up the immune system and can cause gut inflammation, leaky gut, and allergies

Omega3s improve gut integrity, and decrease inflammation and "leaky gut" syndrome which promotes mal-absorbption.

Decreasing chance of infection
EFA's have anti-fungal, anti-yeast, and anti-microbial properties, helping to protect against infections

Assist in keeping bones strong

EFA's aid in the transport of minerals that keep bones and teeth strong, helping to prevent osteoporosis

Protecting genetic material
EFA's regulate gene expression, and Omega 3s inhibit tumor growth
Easing PMS

Studies indicate that Omega 6 (GLA) intake was voted, by women, among the top three most effective PMS treatments. Omega 3s may be even more effective, but combining the two has been shown to be effective.

Producing beautiful skin, hair, and nails

Some of the first signs of EFA deficiency are dry, flaky skin, dull hair, and brittle nails. N-3s can help skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne

Also, GLA (Omega 6 derivative) administration is useful for some patients with atopic eczema. GLA is in the form of Evening Primrose Oil or Black Currant Oil

Misty notes: Evening Primrose Oil has the highest concentration of GLA

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