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Solgar Children's Chewable DHA 90 Chewie-Gels
Solgar Children's Chewable DHA 90 Chewie-Gels
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Solgar EPA/GLA 30 Softgels
Solgar EPA/GLA 30 Softgels
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Solgar EPA/GLA 60 Softgels
Solgar EPA/GLA 60 Softgels
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Solgar Evening Primrose Oil 1300mg 30 Softgels
Solgar Evening Primrose Oil 1300mg 30 Softgels
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Solgar Evening Primrose Oil 500mg 180 Softgels
Solgar Evening Primrose Oil 500mg 180 Softgels
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Solgar Evening Primrose Oil 500mg 30 Softgels
Solgar Evening Primrose Oil 500mg 30 Softgels
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Solgar Fish Oil Concentrate 1000mg 120 Softgels
Solgar Fish Oil Concentrate 1000mg 120 Softgels
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Solgar Fish Oil Concentrate 1000mg 60 Softgels
Solgar Fish Oil Concentrate 1000mg 60 Softgels
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Solgar Flaxseed Oil 1250mg 100 Softgels
Solgar Flaxseed Oil 1250mg 100 Softgels
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Solgar Omega 3-6-9 120 Softgels
Solgar Omega 3-6-9 120 Softgels
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Solgar Omega 3-6-9 60 Softgels
Solgar Omega 3-6-9 60 Softgels
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Solgar Omega-3 Double Strength 120 Softgels
Solgar Omega-3 Double Strength 120 Softgels
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About Essential Fatty Acids 

Fatty Acids are the basic structural units of Lipids. Lipid is the general term which refers to dietary fat. The body can synthesise many fatty acids. However, thosewhichitcannotmanufactureinadequateamountsmustbeobtainedfrom the diet, and are termed Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs).

Fatty acids can be saturated, monounsaturated or polyunsaturated depending on the degree to which the basic carbon chain of the molecule is filled with hydrogen. The two essential fats are defined as Alpha-Linolenic Acid– an Omega-3 fatty acid, and Linoleic Acid – an Omega-6 fatty acid. These terms, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, refer to which carbon atom of the fatty acid molecule the first double bond is located. Many nutritionists and scientists feel the western diet emphasises Omega-6 fatty acids while Omega-3 fatty acids are under-consumed. Including more Omega-3 rich foods in the diet and decreasing the consumption of hydrogenated oils may protect us against many of today’s degenerative diseases. Omegas-7 and -9 are both non-essential fatty acids (i.e. the body can make them), with Omega-7 being a key fatty acid for epithelial cells and mucous membranes and Omega-9 supporting mental function as well as helping reduce hypertension.

EFAs are found most abundantly in Fish Oils and unadulterated Seed Oils such as Rape Seed, Sunflower and Safflower Oil. Flaxseed Oil is an exceptional oil containing both essential fatty acids in appreciable amounts. Flaxseed, also known as Linseed, is oneof nature’s richest sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. Cold salt-water fatty fish such as herring, haddock, cod, mackerel and salmon are also rich in Omega-3 polyunsaturates and serve as the source of Fish Oil supplements.

It has been recognised that EFAs have profound beneficial effects on the body and influence hormone production, immunity and cardiovascular health. Deficiencies of these various fatty acids have been associated with hormonal imbalance and degenerative disease. Fatty acids maintain the structure and function of the cellular and sub-cellular membranes. Cholesterol transport, degradation and removal from the body is regulated by EFAs. In addition, prostaglandin, hormone-like substances in the body, are influenced by Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids through a series of enzyme-dependent reactions. Prostaglandins functions include promoting smooth muscle contractions, regulating blood pressure and gastro secretions and influencing other hormones. Essential fatty acids are also important for normal growth, especially of blood vessels and nerves. In addition, they keep the skin and other tissues youthful and supple via their lubricating capacity. The most important fatty acids include: Linoleic Acid, Alpha-Linolenic Acid, Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA).


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