Getting Enough EFAs?

Posted on 01. Feb, 2010 by in In the News

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) like omega-3 are called “essential” because the body can’t manufacture them, so they must be obtained through diet and supplements. Among many other things, EFAs are required to rebuild and produce new cells. A variety of conditions are linked to an insufficient intake of omega-3s, including:

● Allergies
● Arthritis
● Atherosclerosis
● Asthma
● Attention deficit disorder
● Depression
● Eczema
● Heart disease
● High blood pressure
● Menopausal symptoms
● Premenstrual syndrome
● Vascular disease

The American Heart Association recommends that healthy individuals eat two servings of oily fish (such as salmon, sardines, or albacore tuna) per week or supplement with fish oils to provide about 500 mg of EPA and DHA per day. Look for fish oil supplements that state on the label that they’ve been independently tested and found to be free of detectable levels of contaminants like mercury, lead, cadmium, and PCBs.

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