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Body Booster: Essential Fatty Acids

28 Sep 2015

There’s something tricky when it comes it to “essential” fatty acids and that’s because our bodies really need them yet we can’t produce them ourselves so instead we rely on what we drink, eat and apply to our skin as a primary source for obtaining these. Where do you find these sources? We figured we’d help you out and fast track the goods. Here, five key (and easy) sources of essential fatty acids.

But first, why do you need them?

The two types of essential fatty acids are alpha-linolenic (an omega-3 fatty acid) and linolenic (an omega-6 fatty acid) which are primarily found in plant foods and are essential because they’re needed for overall proper health development and greater wellbeing. These acids significantly assist several bodily functions where they help the brain and nervous system, the anti-inflammatory process for muscle relief and help to strengthen your skin cells.

1. Flaxseed Oil

Just one teaspoon of this remarkable source will provide you with the recommended daily amount of alpha-linolenic acid that you need, while boosting your metabolism and assisting with weight loss. You can also consume one tablespoon of ground flaxseed for the same amount and benefits but now with the option of adding these seeds into your salad or sparkling them over your next smoothie, perfect for those who like to mix up their meals!

2. Shea Butter

Packed with Vitamin A and E, this blissful bounty of butter is sure to make your skin feel alive as it smoothens and hydrates. Renowned as an anti-ageing ingredient and filled with vegetable fats beneficial for cell regeneration and circulation, Shea Butter is one source you’ll probably want to start lathering in…and you’ll enjoy it too. 

3. Almond Oil

This anti-inflammatory source not only helps to relieve pressure from your joints, but it also works wonders for both soothing and calming your skin as it’s filled with skin-repairing agents, proving ideal for use as an effective moisturiser.

4. Walnuts

These brain-shaped nuts are rich in neuro-protective compounds providing fuel for your body and mind. Walnuts also contain rare antioxidants including the exceptional polyphenol that assists your body by supporting the inner lining of your blood vessels, while they also help to reduce cholesterol and contribute to greater heart health.

5. Cranberry Oil

Easily grant your skin natural sun protection by applying Cranberry Oil, which contains a significant amount of essential fatty acid and is produced by cold pressing the seed of a cranberry. This super fruit oil also assists in strengthening your skin as it works to hydrate, alleviate and nourish where it proves beneficial in prolonging your skin from ageing.

And for more great sources of essential fatty acids, visit your local Origani or Orthoplex store where you’ll find a premium range of organic health and skin care products for invigorating your natural skin…the most beautiful kind.