ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS (Omega 3)
EFAs Nutritionally Support Vital Body Functions That Vitamins And Minerals Cannot
The Importance of Essential Fatty Acids
According to researchers, omega 3 and omega 6 are the two fatty acids critical to good health. Our bodies obtain plenty of omega 6 from the food we eat but not enough omega 3. There is evidence that suggests the body works best when the two types of fatty acids are combined in the right proportions. An improper balance of these two fatty acids could predispose our bodies to chronic diseases. One way to address the fatty acid imbalance in our diets, aside from cutting back on omega 6 laden vegetable oils and margarines, is by daily supplementation of fish oil soft gel capsules.
Omega-3 and It's Role in Weight Loss
"Fat Free". Everywhere we look today we see those two words. They are a reminder of the new scientific evidence that eating foods that are loaded with fat can lead to serious health problems such as obesity and heart disease. It is obvious that a consistent diet of saturated fats is not beneficial to our health; however, taking the low fat approach to the extreme is not healthy either. People who eliminate essential fats from their diets have the tendency to gain weight. By increasing the amount of fat in the diet, especially the omega-3s, many people have clinically lost weight more effectively. This happens because these fats possess thermogenic properties. They appear to increase the level of brown fat NA/K ATPase activity. Brown fat readily burns fat stores for energy, and this specific enzyme (NA/K ATPase) controls the rate of metabolism. With a proper weight loss program such as the one utilized at Meta-Health that includes a balanced diet, exercise, and supplements, Meta-Omega 3 could help you to:
Why Are EFAs Essential For Good Health?
Simply stated, EFAs are responsible for regulating numerous functions in the body, including the inflammatory response, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, nerve function, and the reproductive and immune systems. Since the body cannot make them, EFAs must therefore come from dietary sources. Unfortunately, the typical American diet doesn't include sufficient amounts of the richest sources of these beneficial fatty acids.
What Are EFAs And Where Do They Come From?
Essential fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats that your body requires but cannot make on its own. Therefore your body must obtain them from dietary sources, such as cold water fish. These fatty acids are used by the body for building cell structures and protect nerve sheaths, and help the body control the inflammatory response. Sources of EFAs include marine lipids (fats), specifically from cold water fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, and trout.
How Are EFAs Used In The Body?
EFAs can provide nutritional support for the healthy functioning of the mind and body. They also help make cell membranes more fluid, flexible, and able to easily move a variety of products including vital hormones in and out of the cell. Seniors, women with PMS, those who consume large amounts of alcohol, and diabetics may have an even greater need for EFAs.
How much Omega 3 fatty acids should I have a day?
The daily recommended dose of Omega-3 fatty acids is 1500 mg. Each Meta-Omega 3 capsule contains 300 mg of Omega 3 fatty acids. We recommend that clients take a minimum of 2-3 capsules per day within ½ hour of rising. If dietary choices for the day do not include additional EFA's we recommend that an additional capsule be taken. If skin becomes too oily decrease dosage to 1 per day.
The food ratios utilized at Meta-Health vary depending on foods selected on the daily menu. Normally ratios are: Protein 35-45%, Carbohydrates 30-40%, and Fat 15-25%. As you can see, our program is very low in fat and if you're not getting enough EFAs, chances are that you'll crave the fattiest foods you can find. META-OMEGA 3 provides the body with the fatty acids it requires.
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