essential fatty acid


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essential fatty acid

[i′sen·chəl ′fad·ē ‚as·əd]
(biochemistry)
Any of the polyunsaturated fatty acids which are required in the diet of mammals; they are probably precursors of prostaglandins.
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A drawback of essential fatty acids is their high susceptibility toward oxidation, which limits their stability in topical formulations and often causes an undesirable odor or skin discoloration.
Supplementation with a daily complex of essential fatty acids and fish oils during pregnancy provides vital nutrients that supply the necessary EFAs for the increased nutritional and metabolic.
Short chain fatty acids can be considered to be the "true" essential fatty acids, as they cannot be synthesized in the body and must be included in the diet.
"The dominant diseases of modernized societies as omega-3 essential fatty acid deficiency syndrome: substrate beriberi." Med Hypotheses, 1982; 8(1):17-47; Rudin DO.
Some experts contend that this has altered the ratio of the two essential fatty acids in the American diet to the point that it jeopardizes health.
Trans fats also were shown to interfere with an enzyme that converts the essential fatty acid linoleic acid into arachidonic acid, which is needed for the production of prostacyclin (a blood-flow enhancer) and thromboxane (which regulates the formation of blood clots needed for wound healing).
MeadowPure UltraGrad offers the nutritional benefits of the essential fatty acid ALA from naturally stable flax, as well as the vital nutrients EPA and DHA found in menhaden oil.
The 3rd international congress on Essential Fatty Acid and Eicosanoids was held in Adelaide in March 1992.
It's a rich source of an essential fatty acid known as gamma linolenic acid (GLA).WHY DO WE NEED IT?Essential fatty acids are vital for healthy nerves, cell membranes, skin and hormone balance.
1 Promotes brain development and function Salmon is one of the best natural sources of the essential fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which is involved in the growth and development of the brain and nervous system.

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