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What are Essential Fats?

What are Essential Fats Evergreen.ieContrary to popular belief, not all fats are actually bad. Did you know that over 60% of the brain is made from fats? These essential nutrients nourish the brain and can aid learning and concentration in people of all ages. These fats can aid overall learning capacity and can even help to boost your memory. Hence, they are particularly important for young, growing children and those doing exams. “Bad” fats are saturated fats, or artificial fats, which can found in meat and dairy. It is important to control your intake of this form of dietary fat.
Essential fats such as Omega 3 can also provide “fuel”, energy and insulation for the body.

Medium Chain Tryglycerides (MCT’S)

The MCTs of Omega 3 provide an immediate energy release and also help to increase endurance for sports people. Many also believe that essential fats are important for weight management and achieving weight loss. They can also help maintain mental health by helping to balance hormone levels.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Have been shown to help reduce bad LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. Therefore, they may also help to maintain heart health. Foods sources of this key nutrient include mackerel, sardines, herrings, salmon, walnuts and flaxseeds. When it comes to injury prevention, treatment or recovery, essential fats are also important. They can help you to maintain supple joints and reduce inflammation.

Food Sources of Essential Fats

To increase your Omega-3 intake, introduce pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds or walnuts into your diet as healthy snacks. You could also add them to your muesli or porridge in the mornings or your salad at lunch. Keep a pack in your office desk or in your car to have at hand between meals. Try to add some form of oily fish to one of your main meals a couple of times a week. Cook them in extra virgin olive oil for additional nutrition. Soybeans and kidney beans can also act as rich sources of Omega 3 and can be easily added as a side dish to a meal.

If you find it difficult to source your required essential fats from your diet, you can try an Omega Oil supplement such as MorEPA Smart Fats or Cleanmarine Krill Oil. Such supplementation offers a convenient means of ensuring you are getting your required nutrients. The majority of modern adults are not getting enough Omega-3 fatty acids. Boost your intake today by following some of our easy tips.