WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OMEGAS?
The body is made up of trillions of cells. The two essential fatty acids (or EFAs)—omega-3 alpha linolenic acid and omega-6 linoleic acid—are responsible for vital biological functions in every cell including membrane structure, growth and division, gene expression, cell-to-cell communication, hormone production, receptor function and energy production.
Sufficient EFA levels are critical to the optimal functioning of the brain, liver, kidneys, heart, and all other glands and organs.
The body lacks the enzymes to make both EFAs from other nutrients and must get them from dietary sources. Hence, the name "essential". While non-essential fats and oils are relatively stable, fresh EFA omegas easily degrade and become rancid. Herein lies the challenge.