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5 Little Known Facts About Fatty Acids - and why you need them for your brain

5 Little Known Facts About Fatty Acids - and why you need them for your brain | Mr Vitamins
Fatty acids are essential to your diet for nutrient absorption, optimal cellular function, and overall good health. However, the majority of individuals simply do not consume enough fatty acids. And some of the reasons for this is that modern medicine does not emphasise the importance of fatty acids. Well, Mr Vitamins is here for you to clear the air and solve the mystery of fatty acids with these little known facts:
  1. Two Types of Omega-3 Fats Exist Not to be confused with omega-3 fats and omega-6 fats, omega-3 itself exists in two forms. The first­ form comes only from fish and your brain can use it as soon as it is consumed. The second form comes from seeds and nuts, is much cruder, and requires the body to metabolise it before it can be used by the brain.
  1. Fatty Acids Help Maintain (and Boost) Brain Function You may have wondered why fact #1 mentions the brain. Well, fatty acids specialise in keeping cell membranes fluid, flexible, and responsive. This is especially important for maximising brain cell function while preventing inflammation and degeneration. On the other hand, fats from processed foods, heated vegetable oils, and hydrogenated fats can make brain cells rigid and unresponsive.
  1. Getting Enough Omega-3 Takes Your Diet and Supplementation Many people question which is the better source for omega-3 fatty acids—your diet or supplementation? But research shows that the answer is BOTH! Indeed, for the most anti-inflammation and brain boosting benefits, consume cold-water fatty fish two to three times per week and take a fish oil supplement daily.
  1. Multivitamins are Not a Good Source of Fatty Acids Taking a multivitamin daily is a good, healthy practice, but multivitamins do not typically contain essential fatty acids. For this reason, you should take an actual fish oil supplement each day. In addition, fish oil supplements need to be taken with a meal that includes fat for best absorption.
  1. Our Ancestors Consumed Close to a 1:1 Ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 Fatty Acids We may think of ancient times as just that—ancient! But, we can learn a lot from our history especially in terms of health. In Western diets, individuals tend to consume mostly omega-6 fats. So, you should make getting more omega-3 fats a personal health goal.
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