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Vitamins are natural organic compounds needed to support normal physiological processes. There are 13 essential vitamins, needed in small amounts to carry out normal daily function.
They are essential because our body simply can’t produce enough vitamins to support cellular demand. That is why it is crucial we get those vitamins from our diet.
Vitamins are generally classified as either fat soluble or water soluble. The 13 essential vitamins are A, C, D, E, K, and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, biotin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and folate).
One can’t talk about fish oils without hearing about how it is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids. It is particularly rich in EPA and DHA, which are forms of omega 3 fatty acids. So what is all the fuss about still?
Fish oils are essential for cardiovascular and brain/ nervous system health. Like with vitamins/ minerals, deficiencies in omega 3 fatty acids have been linked to certain health problems, such as memory loss.
Our cell membrane is made up of a phospholipid bilayer, the key word being lipid. Fats, especially omega 3, help maintain the integrity of that membrane, which leads to better transfer of nutrients into and out of the cell. If you have a poor cell membrane, it will be more difficult to transport nutrients across the cell.
It’s easier to get omega 6 fats, because generally they are in the plants and animals we eat. Foods such as plant oils, meats and processes food contain omega 6 fatty acids.
The major problems or our current diet is that we eat way too much omega 6 in comparison to omega 3. If your diet includes lots of meat, processed food and fast food, you are probably ingesting more omga 6 than you need. Like anything in life, there has to be balanced.