If you are trying to convince people that they have to ingest essential nutrients on a daily basis because their bodies cannot manufacture them, why name these substances “fatty acids?” You may as well tell people they have to consume “corrosive oils” or “greasy inflammatory compounds” because “fatty” may not be good for you. And swallowing “acids” is insane.
Perhaps essential fatty acids should have been called “golden inner body oil” because in spite of a deceiving title, essential fatty acids are like liquid gold when it comes to good health. And the fact is: omega-3 and -6 are essential fatty acids. Every “body” needs them and no “body” can make them, so you have to ingest “fatty acids” to be healthy whether you like the sound of them or not.
Fatty Acid History
In the early 1800s, a French chemist by the name of Michel-Eugène Chevreul was the first to identify fatty acids, which he apparently also termed “acid fat” and “oily acid” as well. Obviously he had no idea that one day they would be essential to the human body. Michel-Eugène was into making soaps and candles from animal fats.
The first people to coin the phrase “essential fatty acids” were George and Mildred Burr, a husband-and-wife team who discovered that fatty acids were critical to health (www.asbmb.org). They identified linoleic acid (an ingredient in AIMega) as an essential fatty acid, a term that was coined by the Burrs. Their thorough analysis determined that if fatty acids were missing in the diet of test rats, a deficiency syndrome ensued and often led to rodent death.
If you’re thinking “you dirty rat” you have to recognize that rodents are used as human models in medical testing because “genetic, biological and behavior characteristics closely resemble those of humans, and many symptoms of human conditions can be replicated in mice and rats” (www.livescience.com). Besides, the experiments of the Burrs affect our lives to this day: omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids are a vital part of our diets.
AIMega’s Essential Fatty Acids
There are two essential fatty acids that cannot be synthesized in the body: linoleic (remember the Burrs and their rats) and alpha-linolenic. They must come from food or supplements. Found in plant foods, these basic fats are used to build omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (www.pcrm.org). Plant-based sources include legumes, green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds.
It was already noted that linoleic is part of the AIMega formulation. Alpha-linolenic is its second essential fatty acid. Both fatty acids are from a healthy, plant-based source: organic oils of flax, sesame and sunflower seeds.
The benefits of essential fatty acids include:
- Healthy structure, growth and function of cell membranes
- Development and function of the brain and the nervous system
- Normal thyroid and adrenal activity
- Hormone production
- Regulation of blood pressure, liver function and immune response
- Active role in the transport and breakdown of cholesterol
- Healthy skin and hair
- Inflammation balance: omega-6 increases inflammation while omega-3 decreases it
The last point is the main reason AIMega is a balanced 2:1 ratio of omega-3 and -6. Inflammation is a necessary part of the inflammatory response: get a cut of your hand and it gets inflamed as part of the healing process. However, too much omega-6—a big dietary problem these days—and you have too much inflammation in the body. AIMega alleviates this issue.
So it’s not a matter of “Who needs fatty acids?” We all do. It’s a matter of getting a healthy source such as AIMega that the body can utilize.
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