Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. We need them for our bodies to work normally. Because essential fatty acids (ALA, DHA, EPA) are not made in the body or are inefficiently converted from ALA to EPA and DHA, we need to get them from our diet .
Gianni says that Sacha Inchi Oil, cultivated in the Amazon rainforest and along the east slope of the lower Andes Mountains for 3,000 years, is cold-pressed and contains 45 percent omega-3 fatty acids, 36 percent omega-6 and nine percent omega-9.
"This ratio is excellent and the reason I'm excited about this oil is because the nutrients in it are apparently easier to digest than those from other sources, so your body can easily take advantage of the healthy properties," Gianni says. He also mentioned that the oil does not cause gas or irritation.
Another plus for the oil is that it is grown sustainably, organically and through fair trade. Sacha Inchi Oil can be purchased from Renegade Health at $29.94 for an eight-oz. bottle or $49.95 for two bottles. Their source of the oil comes from Peru.
There’s only one omega-3 fatty acid (alpha linolenic acid, abbreviated LNA or ALA) and one omega-6 fatty acid (linoleic acid, or LA) that are truly essential, because our bodies cannot make these molecules on their own. All the other 3’s and all the other 6’s, plus all the omega-9 fatty acids can be made in the body and need not come from dietary sources!
The important thing to remember is that omega-3 should be the highest percentage of essential oils in any supplement taken, followed by omega-6, then omega-9. Too much omega-6, found in such oils as sunflower, soybean, canola and corn can cause inflammation. Omega-9 is not essential because the body makes it. All fatty acids are important because they are converted into molecules that are necessary for good health.
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