Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids because they are necessary to our health, but are not produced by our bodies. The only way to get omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is to ingest food containing these essential nutrients, and a healthy diet contains a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Why should we increase our intake of essential fatty acids?
Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. In fact, a large body of scientific research suggests that increasing our dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids can decrease the risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and sudden cardiac death in people with coronary heart disease (CHD). Omega-6 fatty acids help stimulate skin and hair growth, support bone health, regulate metabolism, and maintain the reproductive system. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and seem to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation. Infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems.
Flaxseed oil is one of the plant kingdom’s richest sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids. More than half the fat in flax seeds is alphalinolenic fatty acid (ALA), the essential omega-3 fatty acid.
Hemp seed oil is considered by many to be nature’s most perfectly balanced oil. Hemp seed oil is rich in omega-3 & omega-6 essential fatty acids in an ideal 1:3 ratio. Hemp seed oil also contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA), oleic acid and stearidonic acid, a combination that is unique among edible seed oils.
Olive oil is a rich source of omega-6 fatty acids – it boasts a 10:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3s. Olive oil also contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds which help promote heart health and protect against cancer.
Use this EFA oil blend in place of oil in any cold, warm, or hot foods, but do not use for baking, frying, sautéing, or any other high temperature cooking. Use it in salad dressings, on pasta, or in smoothies. Drizzle over baked sweet potatoes, asparagus, or popcorn. There are lots of ways to use this heart-healthy and tasty oil blend!
In what ways do you add EFA oil to your diet? Let us know in the comment section below!
Combine equal parts:
Hemp seed oil
Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.