Drysdale Osteopathy • Essential Fatty Acids


Essential Fatty Acids

EFA's are an essential part of ones diet.

The reason for this is that the body can't synthesise them.

Basically there are 2 types of EFA that we need.
Alpha-Linoleic Acid (Ω 3 Fatty Acid) and Linoleic Acid (Ω 6 Fatty Acid).
The suggested ratio is Ω6:Ω3 - 3:1.

In many Farmed and Processed foods this ratio is nearer Ω6:Ω3 - 20:1.

Supplements may be required, but it's wiser to change your diet.

EFA’s are involved in many body functions: Mood, Behaviour, Cell Structure and Cell Regulation, Inflammation, Metabolism and Nerve Function.

Good sources of EFA are Fish, Venison, Shellfish, Flaxseed Oil, Hemp Oil, Canola (rapeseed) Oil,
Leafy Vegetables, Walnuts and Sunflower Seeds.

The EFA ratios are often altered in farmed meats, as these animals are not grass fed.

A supplement such as Udo’s Choice is excellent.



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