The Fatty Acid Balancing Act

There’s been a lot of talk about the benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) found in fish oil, and it’s well deserved. When consumed regularly, these fatty acids can have very positive effects on such areas as cardiovascular health, visual acuity, immune system function, mood and brain health. What many fail to realize is that omega-3 fatty acids are only half the story.

The lesser-known and often underappreciated omega-6 fatty acids are the other half of the story. The conversion of these important nutrients produces messenger compounds that deliver benefits throughout the body. Take the omega-6 fatty acid, GLA, for example. Like its omega-3 counterparts, GLA and its metabolite, DGLA, are carried in white blood cells, which circulate in the body and are released for action when needed. In this way, like DHA and EPA, GLA is required by our cells for optimum health. Unfortunately, our bodies most likely are not getting enough DHA, EPA or GLA from our diets.

A healthy supply of both omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids with GLA supplementation can bring you a healthier you. Alone, they might do you some good, but balanced together, these essential fatty acids pack a powerful, healthful punch. Find the right combination of fatty acids for you at your favorite grocery, drug, or big-box store.

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