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Focal Points of Nutrition: Essential Fatty Acids

Posted Aug 19 2009 6:32pm
There are many positive effects one can get from the consumption of some oils. Most of the fats you eat should be polyunsaturated (PUFA) or monounsaturated (MUFA) fats.
These fatty acids are necessary for health and are known as “essential fatty acids.”
MUFA’s and PUFA’s are found in fish, nuts and vegetable oils and do not raise our LDL cholesterol.
They are also a major source of Vitamin E in our diet.
Found in nuts (almonds and walnuts), vegetable oils, eggs and dark green vegetables, this fat soluble vitamin aids in blood cholesterol reduction, blood flow to the heart, capillary wall strengthening, age retardation and anti-oxidation.
A lack of vitamin E can lead to dull and falling hair, enlarged prostate, gastrointestinal disease, impotency, miscarriage, muscular wasting and heart disease.


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