Essential fats for the normal function of the brain in babies and adults

Essential fatty acid – omega 3 and omega 6 – their importance in the body  in adults and prior to getting pregnant  and breastfeeding

Omega 3 and omega 6 are essential fats that need to be included in the diet as our body does not make them. Saturated fats are found in dairy products, few plants such as the cocoa butter, palm oil and coconut oil, meat and meat products and unsaturated fats are found in seeds, nuts, some plants such as seaweeds and oily fish, chia seeds, linseed oil and hemp oil.. The body will make other oils from the essential oils and only specific oil from each of them. For example from the omega 3 the body will make the EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) (EPA) and the DHA (Docosahexaenoic acids). Those oils in turns make the anti-inflammatory compound that the body needs. Also essential oils and the fat are part of the cell membrane which is the outside of the each and every single cell in our body The type of fatty acid that the membrane has depends on the type of fat that is mostly consumed in the diet. For example a diet that is high in cholesterol and saturated fats, and or trans-fatty acids products, will results in the cell membranes being less fluid in nature than the cell membrane found in a person with a diet that has got more of the unsaturated fatty acids. This is an important fact as the cell will be less permeable which will result to the cell not getting the nutrients that they need and therefore resulting in cell starvation and disruption (e.g. insulin resistance).

In pregnancy, breastfeeding the omega 3 and 6 are essential for the brain developing of the baby and their nerve formation. And these oils as I mentioned before are needed in the diet, they cannot be made in the body. So either you are vegetarian or vegan do eat the above foods in order to have your body or brain in yourself or if you are pregnant and breastfeeding in your baby.

The above oil are also important in lowering your bad cholesterol with plenty of vegetables friendly bacteria etc

Any further information can be asked to me directly at the consultation with particular problems. Maria Esposito BSc (Hons)

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