Why are essential fatty acids so important?
It’s no secret that living a healthy lifestyle helps us to perform at our best. As part of a healthy diet experts recommend that we eat at least two portions of fish each week, one of which should be oily fish such as sardines, herring, mackerel, trout or salmon. These fish are especially good for us as they contain the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids are known as ‘essential fatty acids’ because they cannot be produced by the body so have to be obtained from our diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are made up of two key acids -eicosapentanoic acid, known as EPA and docosahexanoic acid, known as DHA. Together with omega-6 fatty acids, they are known as ‘good fats’ because:
- They play a key role in almost every cell in our body, with DHA acting as the building blocks of cell membranes
- DHA is particularly concentrated in the brain and the eye, making up 40% of the polyunsaturated fatty acids, or PUFAs, in the brain and 60% of those found in the retina
- DHA is especially important during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Experts recommend that women in this situation consume an additional 200mg DHA per day to support the normal brain development of their baby
The government recommends adults and children eat 140g a week of oily fish to ensure we consume enough omega-3 fatty acids. However, we all know that in reality we all eat much less! In fact, research shows that the average weekly consumption for an adult is only 54-87g and in children, where the essential fatty acids are needed for normal growth and development, it’s only 13-29g. 1. This suggests that many of us could be lacking these vital nutrients that are so important for helping maintain a healthy body and mind.
The EQUAZEN product range has been specifically formulated using a scientifically developed blend of these essential fatty acids which may help to bridge this potential nutritional gap. The omega-3 fatty acids in EQUAZEN contain a high ratio of EPA, together with DHA to help maintain normal brain function and a healthy nervous system.