Essential fatty acids are “essential” because while our bodies can synthesize some of the fats it needs for other foods we’ve eaten in combination with minerals, vitamins and other co-factors. The ones we can’t make are linoleic acid or omega-6, and alpha lenolenic acid or omega-3.
We get plenty – actually too much omega-6 because it is in many processed foods. The imbalance between the two causes rampant inflammation in the body.
Of the most important things that fatty acids do for us is to help create prostaglandins; the hormone-like substance that controls how we inflame and anti-inflame. Excess omega-6 causes us to inflame but the ability anti-inflame is seriously decreased – an important function when it comes to gout prevention.
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