Fatty Acids: Why Should They Matter to Us?

May 22, 2010 in General Nutrition by Webmaster

Omega-3s (and omega-6s) are termed essential fatty acids because they are critical for good health. The body cannot make them on its own and for this reason, omega-3s must be obtained from food, therefore, making outside sources of these fats essential to good health.

A number of studies have shown the fatty acid DHA (one of the omega-6s) has a protective action in the body. This action includes protection against Alzheimer’s disease, which was shown in a recent study reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Nicolas Bazan and his colleagues from Louisiana State University identified a specific mechanism by which DHA protects the nerves against Alzheimer’s disease by keeping brain cells healthy where they connect, enabling messages to transmit from one nerve cell to the next.

DHA, an omega-6 fatty acid, is found in whole grains and extra virgin olive oil. It is included in baby formulas and other supplements based on the results of considerable research showing its benefits in the human body. DHA is found in two of the main ingredients of Dr. Grandma’s products, the whole grains and the extra virgin olive oil.