Immunonutrition Explained: Benefits of Fatty Acids

Fatty Acids

Fatty acids are healthy dietary fats that are an important part of immunonutrition, benefitting everyday health as well as recovery from injury and illness. Your body is not able to produce these fatty acids on its own, but they can be found in many foods, such as nuts, soybeans and flaxseed, as well as cold water fish like salmon, herring and cod. Fatty acids are also an essential ingredient in Ricochet products from Ricochet Nutrition.

Fatty acids are an immunonutrient which can help improve outcomes in surgery recovery and cancer treatment. In today’s blog, Ricochet Nutrition takes a closer look at the importance of fatty acids.

Fatty Acids Aid the Body

At Ricochet Nutrition, we know that fatty acids have a multitude of benefits for your body and its cells. Fatty acids help with cellular development and the formation of healthy cell membranes. Fatty acids also assist in the development and function of the brain and nervous system, and they help regulate proper thyroid and adrenal activity. They help to regulate blood pressure, immune responses and liver function. Fatty acids help you feel good, but they also help you look good. Diets low in fatty acids have been shown to have increased skin problems, including eczema, dandruff, split nails, and brittle hair.

What Happens if I Don’t Get Enough?

A diet too low in fatty acids can have some negative effects. Low levels have been linked to:

  • Mood Swings
  • Memory Loss
  • Dementia
  • Vision Problems
  • Hair and Skin Problems

Also, both Alzheimer’s patients and children diagnosed with ADHD have been shown to have lower than average levels of essential fatty acids.

How Much Should Be in Your Diet?

It is recommended that essential fatty acids make up 3 to 6 percent of your daily diet. Of this percentage, you should consume 2 to 4 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. The typical American diet, however, is often out of balance, with an average of 14 to 25 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids due to high meat consumption.

Ricochet Nutrition Can Help

Ricochet Nutrition products offer advanced formulations of many immunonutrients, and fatty acids are an important part of the formula. Our bodies utilize nutrients to combat physical stress and illness, and Ricochet is here to help. If you have questions about how Ricochet Nutrition can benefit you, contact us today.

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