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Fatty Acids and Cell Membrane Dysfunction

Most people are aware of the benefits of consuming Essential Fatty Acids from sources such as fish or flaxseed.   We often hear Omega 3’s have a positive effect on cholesterol, blood pressure, inflammation and immune function.

One of the most important roles of Fatty Acids has to deal with cell membrane dysfunction.  Lipids, or Fatty Acids are the primary components of our cell membranes.  A relative deficiency of Essential Fatty Acids in cellular membranes make it difficult for the cell membrane to perform its vital function.  A poor diet too high in saturated fat and trans fatty acids lead to membranes that are much less fluid in nature.  If there is a disturbance in the membrane structure or function, all cellular processes are disrupted.  Without a healthy membrane, cells lose their ability to hold water, electrolytes and vital nutrients. They also lose their ability to be controlled by regulating hormones and to communicate with other cells.

Cell membrane dysfunction is a critical factor in the development of virtually every chronic disease.  For optimal health there needs to be a balance among essential fats.  You can achieve this by eating whole foods from plant and animal sources as well as incorporating an Omega 3 supplement such as ground flaxseed and flaxseed oil. It is imperative your diet is full of antioxidants and minerals to counter any oxidative stress that may be generated.

Live Healthy. Live Natural.

Kalvin Houde
Alligga Health Specialist

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