EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids) are known as the good fats and consist of Omega-3 and the Omega-6 families.
Omega Family Source
Omega 3 Flax Seed, Leafy Greens, Walnuts, Cold Water Fish
Omega 5 Vegetable Oils (Soybean and Corn)
They play a big part in our immune, nerve, and cardiovascular functions. EFA’s are known as the “essential” fatty acids because our bodies do not make it and it is necessary to get them from the foods we eat. Most of the people who supplement EFA’s do so because so much of the good fat is often processed out of many of the foods we eat. EFA’s can play a huge part is so many of our bodies needs. When our bodies are supplied with enough EFA we may see:
• A better recovery time in muscle growth
• An increase in muscle tissue
• A decrease in muscle breakdown
• A boost in immune function
• A reduced risk of diabetes
• Healthier joints and connective tissue.
The proper dosages for the omega-3 family are around 1 to 2 teaspoons a daily and should be taken with meals. This is about 2 to 9 grams of omega-3. For the omega-6 group you should take 1 teaspoon for EFA deficiency and 2 to 3 teaspoons for optimal health and performance.