Essential fatty acids , or EFAs , are fatty acids that humans and other animals must ingest because the body requires them for good health but cannot synthesize them. The term "essential fatty acid" refers to fatty acids required for biological processes but does not include the fats that only act as fuel. Essential fatty acids should not be confused with essential oils , which are "essential" in the sense of being a concentrated essence. Only two fatty acids are known to be essential for humans: alpha-linolenic acid an omega-3 fatty acid and linoleic acid an omega-6 fatty acid.
Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA)
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Lipids are substances found in the body that cannot be dissolved in water. There are many types of lipids including fats, fat-soluble vitamins, fatty acids, waxes, and steroids. Lipids support the structure of the cells, maintain body temperature, and make hormones. But, the most important function of lipids is to store energy for the body. Half of the calories and half of the energy that your baby gets from a feeding comes from the lipids in your breast milk. Besides energy, lipids provide an important source of essential fatty acids and cholesterol.
Essential fatty acids and human brain
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GLA is found in the seeds and oils of a range of plants including Onagraceae evening primrose , Saxifragaceae borage , and Rubaceae blackcurrant. The richest source of GLA is borage Borago officinalis. Fatty acids are the basic building blocks for all lipids. They consist of chains of carbon and hydrogen with an end acid group.