Maybe you’ve heard about Omega 3, but rather rarely heard of Omega 6. In fact, both types of good fats have many benefits for your health, and the intake of those good fats should also be balanced.
Both Omega 3 and Omega 6 are the polyunsaturated oil that contains essential fatty acids. Consumption of Omega becomes essential because the body does not naturally produce. It is different with the other fatty acids which can be extracted in the body from carbohydrates.
Essential fatty acids are important components in every single cell membrane (60 trillion cells of the body). Those have a unique structure, which allows them to perform certain vital functions in the cell membrane. It is unlike the case with saturated fats and bad fats which are actually harmful to the body, especially if it excessive. If we lack the essential fatty acids, then the membrane cannot function properly. This will cause the nutrients are not able to enter to the cells of your body.
Source of Omega 3
This oil can be found in flax seeds, and dark green leafy vegetables. Pumpkin, walnut, soybean, and flaxseed are the source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 as well.
Source of Omega 6
Omega 6 can be found from safflower seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, soya beans, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.
Signs Omega-3 deficiency:
- Having trouble growing and learning process
- Behavior and mood changes drastically
- Decreasing strength and muscle growth
- Susceptible to allergies
- Water retention
- Dry skin and irritation
- Low metabolism
- Intestinal damage
- High triglyceride levels and high blood pressure
- Insulin resistance
- Tingling in the arms and legs
- Inflammation of the muscle tissue
- Motor coordination deteriorate
Signs of deficiency of Omega – 6:
- Hair loss
- Skin disorders such as eczema
- Changes in behavior
- Decreased intelligence
- Decreased immune
- Abnormalities of heart rate
- Thin and dry skin
- Dry eyes
- Infertility in men
- Miscarriage in women
- Kidney damage
- Fatty infiltration of the liver
Make sure you are not deficient in intake of Omega. Consume both types of these healthy fatty acids in sufficient quantities. In addition, the consumption also begins to replace bad fats with good fats to keep your health good.