What Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) our Body Needs

Essential Fatty AcidsHuman body requires special fats for sufficient oxygen to reach the cells. These special fats are highly oxygen-absorbing. These special fats are technically called “Essential fatty acids,” or “EFAs”. In order to get these special fats, it must be supplied from foods and certain oils, because the body can’t manufacture them. There are 2 “parent” forms of EFAs that allow your body to make whatever it needs from them called EFA “derivatives.” These are Parent omega 6 is termed linoleic acid (LA) and parent omega 3 (ALA) is termed alpha-linolenic acid.

Common essential oils that are body needs are not all safe. With all the hoopla about olive oil, it is mainly omega-9, non-essential oil that your body makes itself. “Extravirgin” olive oil is traditionally unprocessed and therefore not cancer causing; however, it won’t protect you against contracting cancer. You should avoid margarine. This is the proof of hydrogenated oil’s failure to oxygenate. If it still could oxygenate when eaten it would turn rancid when left unrefrigerated just like fish does. The only EFAs that our body needs are Parent omega 3 and omega 6.

Omega 3 fatty acids have been claimed to lower the risk of contracting cancer. But The Journal of the American Medical Association (Vol. 295, No. 4, January 25, 2006) reports:

“A large body of literature spanning numerous cohorts from many countries and with different demographic characteristics does not provide evidence to suggest a significant association between omega 3 fatty acids and cancer incidence. Dietary supplementation with omega 3 fatty acids are unlikely to prevent cancer.”

Canola and soy oils are not recommended also because neither of them was meant for human consumption. They were both meant to be used as food for farm animals or for industrial applications. You should try to avoid foods that contain canola oil, especially salad dressings.

To retain the important nutritional properties of oils, it must be uncooked or at the very least only slightly heated. Make sure the oils you consume are raw, unprocessed, and organic, and they do not contain fish oil or any hydrogenated oils.


Mike Maunu – Founder