Fatty Acid Imbalance & Obesity

Like Essential Amino Acids, Essential Fatty Acids are required for a number of metabolic functions and must be taken in through diet. Your body can't produce them, which is why they're considered so 'essential'. A study published in the Journal of Lipid Research suggests that Americans should be a lot more picky about what types of Essential Fats they're consuming. Research on lab mice showed that continuous exposure to lots of Omega-6 versus not much Omega-3 fatty acids can trigger inflammation and accumulation of fat mass.

True Strength Moment: Omega-6 fatty acids are found in poultry, eggs and vegetable oils while flaxseed, soy and fish are good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. Over the past half-century, Americans have been consuming much more Omega-6 fatty acids and far fewer of the Omega-3 type. The ratio might be as high as 40 to 1. To tip the scales back in your favor, try moderating your diet or supplementing it with Flaxseed or Fish Oils.
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