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 [...]