WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS?
There are two essential lipids required from the diet, as they cannot be produced by the body and are required for numerous vital body functions.
The two essential lipids are: alpha linolenic acid, also referred to as omega-3; and linoleic acid, also referred to as omega-6.
Omega-3 and omega-6 are collectively termed the ‘essential fatty acids’, or vitamin F.
The word ‘omega’ is the last letter in the Greek alphabet and it means ‘last of series’ or ‘final development’, but for those seeking the ultimate lipids, let the omegas be first!
These essential fatty acids belong to the group of polyunsaturated lipids.