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Solgar Essential Fatty Acids

Essential Fatty Acids

FATTY ACIDS are the basic structural units of Lipids. Lipid is the general term which refers to dietary fat. The body can synthesise many fatty acids. However, those which it cannot manufacture in adequate amounts must be obtained from the diet, and are Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs).

Fatty acids can be saturated, monounsaturated or polyunsaturated. The two essential fats are defined as Alpha-Linolenic Acid - an Omega 3 fatty acid, and Linoleum Acid - an Omega 6 fatty acid. Many nutritionists and scientists feel the western diet emphasises Omega 6 fatty acids while Omega 3 fatty acids are under consumed. Including more Omega 3 rich foods in the diet and decreasing the consumption of hydrogenated oils may help protect us against many of today's degenerative diseases. Omegas 7 and 9 are both non-essential fatty acids, that is the body can make them itself, with Omega 7 being a key fatty acid for epithelial cells and mucous membranes and Omega 9 supporting mental function as well as helping to reduce hypertension.

The most important fatty acids include: Linoleic Acid, Alpha-Linolenic Acid, Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA).  

Solgar® fish oils go through a cold filtration purification process to remove impurities such as heavy metals, dioxins, PCBs and pesticides while still maintaining optimal integrity of the oil and potency. This process reinforces compliance with the Global Organisation for EPA nd DHA Omega-3 (GOED) specification for fish oils.

Solgar® aslo supports the Wild Salmon Center, an organisation that is dedicated to helping protect wild salmon and their natural habitats along the Pacific Rim. This organisation is helping fisheries achieve sustainability as well as minimising environmental impact.

Solgar® also produces a selection of products in it's essential fatty acid range suitable for vegans which included natural Omega 3 Vegetarian DHA and Omega Advanced Blend which provides Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acids.