What Are Essential Fatty Acids?

what are essential fatty acidsEssential Fatty Acids and Their Beauty Benefits to You!

Did you know that essential fatty acids are critical for healthy hair & skin?  I know, natural beauties like you always want to look your absolute best.  In recent years, people have become far more aware of the damages of foods, lotions and creams that are loaded with chemicals.  Glamour queens are now seeking healthier options to beautify their body and hair, which is where essential fatty acids come in.

Essential fatty acids (EFA) are fatty acids that human bodies cannot synthesize themselves and must therefore be procured through proper food intake.  EFAs are required for biological processes as well as for energizing the body.  Only two fatty acids are considered to be truly essential that the body cannot produce: an Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic) fatty acid and an Omega-6 (linoleic) fatty acid.  Omega-9 is necessary for the human body, but is not considered an EFA because the body can produce it.  However, the body can only produce Omega-9 if and only if Omega-3 and Omega-6 are found within the body.

Originally, these compounds were referred to as Vitamin F, as an essential nutrient for any healthy body.  However series of experimentation and theories caused reclassification of these compounds as fats.  Due to the need of the human body to have these acids, they have rightfully been termed as “essential,” partly in order to prevent people from deeming them negative due to their “fat” status.

In addition to physical health, there is also a consensus among the pioneers of the beauty industry that the right quantities of EFAs help in improving the sheen and luster of your hair.  If you suffer from scaly or extremely dry skin, your nails are extremely soft and brittle, or you are facing too many bad hair days, take notice.   Think for a moment about your skin, hair, and nails.  Are the symptoms of a lack of fatty acids present or can you see the early signs of these symptoms?  A deficiency or imbalance of EFAs can cause these beauty blunders.

Your diet and the subsequent lack of essential fatty acids may be to blame. As EFAs even make your skin look firmer (but feel softer), keep wrinkles away and make your nails stronger.

What Foods Have Essential Fatty Acids?

In the modern era of fast food and diets laden with red meat and wine, we simply often miss out on healthy fats like flaxseed.  Flaxseed oil is a high source of EFA, although high amounts of EFAs are also found in chia seed oil,  grape seed oil, sachi inchi oil, sachi inchi seeds, hemp seeds, hemp seed oil, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts.  Go to your health food store and look in the refrigerated section for the best quality of vegan efa oils like Udos oil.

These essential fatty acids nourish your body from the inside. In addition to helping prevent and combat disease such as cholesterol, arrhythmia, and heart disease, EFAs are clearly beauty-boosters.  So you can get gorgeous hair, skin, and nails while you strengthen your internal organs as well.  You can solve your beauty woes in a healthy way and the results will last for a longer time while giving your body the essentials that it needs.

Try including  EFAs in your diet for a month and see what happens.  Don’t worry, this fat won’t make you fat, it could actually help you lost weight!!  You will look and feel better than ever, but only if you don’t cheat!

So now you now what essential fatty acids are!  Questions??

Nicole

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